G.W. Carver football standouts Jeremy Johnson and Shaun Rupert went out with a bang in their final game at Cramton Bowl, helping the Alabama all-stars to a 21-16 victory in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.
It was their first trip back to their home field since falling 35-21 to Opelika in the Class 6A semifinals two weeks ago.
I ended my high school career with a loss on this field,” Johnson said. “So, getting a victory, it felt good. It feels great to have this experience and get yourself ready for the next level.”
Johnson, an Auburn commit, went 4-for-10 passing for 75 yards with an interception. Rupert, who had one tackle for loss, is committed to Arkansas State. Rupert described his final game with Johnson as “bitter-sweet.”
“Me and Jeremy have been playing together since we were 5 or 6 years old,” Rupert said. “So, going out with a win our last game, it feels great.
“It felt really good to leave Cramton Bowl with a win after taking that loss, so I get to end on a good note senior year.”
Making a statement: Despite Alabama pulling out the victory, Mississippi defensive lineman Chris Jones was the most dominant player on the field. Jones led Mississippi with eight tackles, three for loss and one sack to earn the MVP honors for his team.
Those guys are very tough, very athletic and very skilled,” Jones said. “This is the best 40 players in the Alabama, so you know the talent level is great. I’ve been working a little bit on my technique, so I’ve gotten better at that.
“Those guys just outplayed us today. No ifs, ands or buts about it.”
Next on the list: Johnson and fellow Alabama all-star offensive tackle Austin Golson of Prattville head to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Jan. 5.
Johnson said he’ll continue to recruit Golson, a Florida State commit, to Auburn while on the trip.
“We’re both going down, and I’ve been talking to him, trying to get him to Auburn,” Johnson said. “So, hopefully we play with each other in Auburn.”
Golson is just interested in getting another victory.
“He just told me he wants me to come to Auburn and block for him. Stuff like that, nothing big,” Golson said. “He’s a good guy, and hopefully we’ll be able to go up there and play as good as we did here and come out with a W there too.”
Melton making plays: Alabama all-star defensive back Kamryn Melton said he improved his backpedal quickness and ball skills during practice this week. It showed on Saturday when he forced and recovered a fumble in the first quarter.
“The fumble, really I did it on purpose,” Melton said. He came down soft, and when I came up on it, he held the ball soft, so I just stripped it out and then I recovered it.”
Melton, an Auburn commit, also grabbed an interception midway through the fourth quarter.
“They got me on a slant-and-go the first time,” Melton said. “They tried to do it again, and I ended up picking the ball off.”
Quick hits: Alabama all-star linebacker Reuben Foster caused an early crowd eruption with a big hit on Mississippi running back Darrell Robinson on the first play of the game “I set the tone because they told me to,” Foster said. Alabama MVP Jason Smith said, “They are in for a rude awakening.”… Melton said he may head to Auburn in January or stay at Dothan to run the 100 and 200 meter.