Players look to make some waves at all-star game

Thomas Wells | Buy at Tupelo's Quinn Tiggs rushed for 1,472 yards and scored 14 touchdowns this season.

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Tupelo’s Quinn Tiggs rushed for 1,472 yards and scored 14 touchdowns this season.

By Gene Phelps

Daily Journal

Quinn Tiggs has a few colleges interested in his football services, but he hopes to have a few more after Saturday.

Tupelo’s running back/defensive back is one of 13 players from Northeast Mississippi scheduled to play in Saturday’s 65th Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Classic. The kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Gulfport High School’s Milner Stadium.

The game will also be televised by WTVA in Tupelo.

“This is another opportunity to show my ability,” said Tiggs, who switched to full-time running back this season and produced 1,472 rushing yards and scored 14 touchdowns for the Class 6A state finalists. “Hopefully this game should put me on somebody’s map.”

Tiggs has received interests from UAB, Memphis, Southern Miss and state community colleges.

He’ll be joined on the North roster by his Golden Wave teammates, linebacker James Gilleylen and kicker/punter Reed Bigham.

Gilleylen recorded 106 tackles this season playing inside linebacker. He has committed to UT-Martin, but remains open with his recruitment. Delta State and numerous community colleges are interested.

“This is a big opportunity for all three of us,” he said.

Bigham, whose powerful leg sent many kickoffs into the end zone, would like to continue kicking in college. He’s also a soccer player for the Golden Wave.

“Playing in this game should help the (recruiting) process a little bit,” he said. “It’s a good opportunity to show out.”

North state champions

The game will be the first action for the trio since its disappointing 14-7 loss to Oak Grove in the MHSAA Class 6A state championship game.

Tupelo finished its first season under coach Trent Hammond with a 13-2 record, which included a North state title win against defending state champion South Panola.

“It was disappointing to lose,” Gilleylen said.

“We were the first (Tupelo) team to go to the championship game in 21 years. We really did well.

“It was a crazy season.”

The South leads the Blackwell series 30-26-4, including last year’s 34-13 victory with a 28-point second-half rally.

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