The Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic will return to Montgomery in 2013.
But the game could possibly be played in Mississippi in the near future.
“We are in negotiations to try to alternate it back and forth between the two states,” said Johnny Mims, executive director of the Mississippi Association of Coaches.
Mims said if that happens, Alabama would host the football game and Mississippi would host the basketball all-star games in alternating years.
Mississippi head coach Junior Graham would like to see the game played in Mississippi for the first time.
“I think it would be monumental,” said Graham.
Another big all-star outing for Bridges
Hattiesburg defensive back Tony Bridges had an interception on Alabama’s first possession. Bridges also returned three kicks for 88 yards, including a 52-yarder, and was credited with two tackles.
It was the second stellar all-star performance for the two-sport star, who was named Most Valuable Offensive Player in July at the Mississippi North-South All-Star basketball game.
“The biggest thing about Tony is just his athleticism,” said Mississippi secondary coach Demaris Mitchell of Broad Street. “Tony just has good speed and breaks well on the ball. His best football is ahead of him.”
Good day for Myers
Charleston receiver Kameron Myers scored the first points for Mississippi, hauling in a 47-yard touchdown from Oxford’s Parker Adamson with 10:25 left in the fourth quarter.
Myers, who doesn’t have any scholarship offers, led Mississippi with five catches for 82 yards. “I feel like I did what I had to do to help the team and I did what I needed to do to help with my recruiting,” said Myers.
Myers spoke briefly with a coach from Ole Miss after the game. “I am just going to let everything fall into place.”
In the backfield
The Mississippi defense didn’t stay in the Alabama backfield quite as much as last year when it had 20 tackles for loss. But the visitors did manage to record 10 tackles for loss Saturday, including three by Mississippi MVP Chris Jones of Houston. South Panola’s Antonio Conner and Noxubee County’s Dylan Bradley had two each. Brandon’s Tayler Polk, Oxford’s Xavier Pegues and Hattiesburg’s Jamol Posey also had one.
Ex-Mississippian leads Alabama defense
Rusty Funk, who coached 18 seasons in Mississippi, was Alabama’s defensive coordinator.
Funk, who now coaches at Marion County High, was a former head coach at Stringer, Brookhaven, Houston and Columbus.
“I know every coach on the Mississippi staff, so it was special to get together with those guys all week and to be across the field from them,” said Funk.
Funk’s team finished 13-2 and lost in the Class 1A state championship game this season after winning the title in 2011. In Mississippi, he led Stringer to two of its three state titles in the 1990s.
More games to play
Saturday’s game wasn’t the final all-star football game for several Mississippians.
West Bolivar running back Kailo Moore will play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Game in Los Angeles on Jan. 4.
South Panola’s Conner and Houston’s Jones will play in the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 4.
South Panola offensive lineman Deon Mix will play in the U.S. Army All-American Game on Jan. 5 in San Antonio.
Just for kicks
Thomas Hamlin’s 51-yard field goal in the second quarter was a little shy of the all-star game record. McComb’s Mac Hart booted a 53-yarder in 1998. Mississippi won 9-0 that year. Hamlin made three field goals in the game, tying the all-star game record held by Hart, Dane Prewitt (Hewitt-Trussville in 1991) and John Michael Martin (Tupelo in 2000).