Participants for this year’s Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic reported Monday to begin preparations for Saturday’s 27th annual football game at Cramton Bowl.
Prattville running back Kamryn Pettway, G.W. Carver linebacker Shaun Hamilton and Wetumpka’s Christian Williams are the lone tri-county prep standouts who will suit up for this weekend’s all-star contest.
“I am going to have fun playing in this game,” said Pettway, an Auburn commitment. “I get to play with some of my (future) teammates like Roc Thomas and Tre Williams — we get to show what the future looks like for Auburn.”
Pettway is the latest Pratville player to be featured in the contest. Austin Golson competed in 2012, while Derrick Moncrief and Caleb Gulledge donned the Team Alabama colors the fall before.
Both teams checked in at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex on Monday before touring the Hyundai Plant later that evening. Two-a-day drills began Tuesday with Team Alabama practicing at Faulkner and the Mississippi squad over at Huntingdon College. On Thursday, the teams will hold afternoon practices, beginning at 3 p.m., at Stanhope Elmore in Millbrook and will later be treated to a Low Country Boil at the Millbrook Community Center.
Central-Phenix City’s Woodrow Lowe will serve as the Alabama squad head coach. Alabama won last year’s game 21-16 and holds a 19-7 advantage in the all-time series which includes a five-game winning streak. Former Prattville head coach Jamey DuBose is an assistant, too.
The game — which is a project of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, the coaches’ organization of the AHSAA — will be broadcast locally by WSFA.
Two players have been added to the 40-man Alabama roster. Spanish Fort senior Hunter Wood and Gadsden City linebacker T.J. Posey are replacing Carver receiver Landy Capetillo and Jackson’s Gavin Bryant. Wood, a 6-5, 250-pound tight end, played for Spanish Fort’s 2013 Class 5A state champions.