BRANDON — Not many thought we would make it this far, but we did.
It was a defensive slug fest, but the South All-Stars were able to get just enough offensively as they got past the North All-Stars 16-10 in the 72nd Annual Bernard Blackwell North/South All-Star Game held at Brandon High School’s Bulldog Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The South All-Stars snapped a two-game losing streak and now leads the all-time series 34-29-5.
“It was a huge honor to get to coach in the game, but most importantly hats off to Johnny Mims and the MAC to able to pull this thing off,” said North head coach Chris Cutcliffe of Oxford. “Players were an absolute joy to be around and fun to coach.”
Bay Springs head coach Dan Brady, who was the South All-Stars head coach added on to that.
“Just very thankful to have the opportunity to be the head coach and really proud of these kids,” said South head coach Dan Brady of Bay Springs. “It was different for the kids having to travel three days week for practice, but they handled it well and the MAC did heckuva job putting this game together.”
Neither team generated much offense as the South All-Stars had 242 yards of total offense North All-Stars had 162 yards of offense, including just six yards rushing.
“I thought we struggled offensively early, but the defense played great the whole game,” Brady said. “We did a great job of making stops when we had to.”
North would get on the board first on a 26-yard field goal from Warren Central’s Joshua Griffin with 4:30 left in the first quarter.
The South would take a 7-3 lead with 11 seconds left in the second quarter on a 17-yard touchdown pass from West Jones’ Alan Follis to Taylorsville’s Tyrese Keyes.
The South would extend their lead to 10-3 with 5:59 left in the third quarter on a 29-yard field goal by Gulfport’s Tres Ladner.
Oak Grove’s Courtland Harris capped the scoring for the South with a 6-yard touchdown run with 1:34 left in the third quarter to extend the South’s lead to 16-3.
The North would cut the lead to 16-10 on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Tupelo’s Jake Weir to Hernando’s Reid Flanagan with 6:46 left in the fourth quarter.
Weir had 105 yards passing with the touchdown and was named the North’s Offensive Most Valuable Player.
East Webster’s Steven Betts was named the North’s Defensive Most Valuable Player.
Follis had 125 yards passing with a touchdown was named the South’s Offensive Most Valuable Player
Scott Central’s Jalen Wells was named the South’s Defensive Most Valuable Player.