By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
Mississippi junior college football players will be trying to impress on Saturday as Northeast Community College once again hosts the MACJC All-Star Football Classic.
“This game is for kids who didn’t get as many looks during the season,” said Northeast head coach Ricky Smither, whose school will be hosting the event. “This game will be a good thing for those guys.”
The contest kicks off at 1 p.m., with the Coahoma staff led by head coach Freeman Horton leading the North squad, and the Hinds staff led by head coach Gene Murphy in charge of the South.
“I hope every one of our players in this game gets some offers,” Smither said. “We appreciate what they’ve done for us, and we think a school with a need will come in and hopefully make an offer.”
Northeast will be represented by quarterback Nolan Genovese (Corinth), wide receiver JaMarius Tallie (West Point), defensive back Kareem Brown (New Albany), punter Jonathan Harrison (Belmont), and offensive linemen Brandon Avent (Maben), Colin Stubblefield (New Albany), and Anthony Kibler (Florida).
Itawamba Community College will also have its share of players on the field for the North team.
“It’s a great chance for our players to represent our school, and an opportunity to market themselves to schools looking for mature players,” Itawamba head coach Jon Williams said. “The whole idea of this game is to create positive attention for the talent in this league.”
For ICC: defensive end Fred Ward (Aberdeen), linebacker Brandon Smith (Aberdeen), defensive back Asian Ruff (Fulton), wide receiver Rashad Pargo (Aberdeen) and receiver Demarius Howard (Calhoun City).
Players reported on Thursday, with a practice scheduled for Thursday, and two more for today.
Northeast has five players not participating Saturday who have already committed to a four-year school; ICC has four.
East Mississippi CC players will include two former Starkville teammates, WR Billy Shed and OLJarrod Atterberry
Two teams – Northwest and Copiah-Lincoln – won’t have players participating in Saturday’s all-star game because they are playing in bowl games this weekend.
No. 13 Northwest (7-2) faces No. 11 Kilgore (Texas) on Saturday in the inaugural Brazos Valley Bowl in College Station, Texas. It marks Northwest’s first bowl appearance in 13 seasons.
No. 7 Copiah-Lincoln, the MACJC state champion, will square off against Garden City (Kansas) in the fifth annual Mississippi Bowl on Sunday in Biloxi.