Mississippi’s annual junior college all-star football classic went
along historical lines in the thirty-seventh showing at Tiger Stadium
in Booneville Saturday, December 4.
With the series tied 17-17-2, both sides squared off for the first 56
minutes before the North was able to break free and capture the lead
in the series with a 16-0 win.
After Brandon Lawrence (Northwest) gave the North a 7-0 lead with
13:03 to go in the third quarter, both squads locked horns for the
remainder of the second half until the North all-stars iced the game
The South all-stars looked to take advantage of a North turnover early
in the fourth quarter when Jason Catchings (Copiah-Lincoln) stepped in
front of a Garrick Jones (Coahoma) option flip and came away with the
recovery for the South, returning the pigskin to midfield.
Northwest defensive lineman Ranaldo Buck proved to be the drive
stopper for the North when he broke through on a fourth-and-one from
the North 44 and clogged Jones County’s TraMarcus Toney progress on
the fourth-down attempt.
Kevin Buford (Northwest), who tacked on the PAT following Lawrence’s
score, booted through a 31-yard field goal with four minutes left in
the game to give the North a 10-0 lead but the ensuing kickoff sealed
the win for the North.
Holmes Community College’s Drew Dennis raced down the field untouched
and recovered the live ball for the North at the South’s 22-yard line.
After a completion to Holmes’ Harry Peoples moved the ball to the 10,
Coahoma’s Garrick Jones found his teammate Hollis Moore in the back
corner of the end zone for the insurance score with 2:41 remaining in
In the first half, both squads had opportunities to break the shutout
but came up short.
South kicker Travis Bradley (Pearl River) misfired on a 32-yard field
goal in the first half and the North dropped a wide-open touchdown
pass late in the half that would have given the North the lead.
Awards for the day included TraMarcus Toney capturing the South’s
Offensive Most Valuable Player and the Keith Daniels Memorial trophy
and Pearl River’s Jarvis McCann being named the South’s Defensive Most
On the North side, East Mississippi Brad Henderson was named the
North’s Most Valuable Player and was the recipient of the Hubert
Tucker Memorial trophy while Northwest’s Ranaldo Buck was the North’s
defensive Most Valuable Player.
Moore, after pulling down four passes for 45 yards and a touchdown was
named the game’s overall Most Valuable Player and received the James
H. ‘Wookie’ Gray Memorial trophy.
North 16, South 0
South 0 0 0 0 – 0
North 0 0 7 9 – 16
N – Brandon Lawrence (NWCC) 25 INT return (Kevin Buford (NWCC) kick), 13:03
N – Buford 31 field goal, 4:00
N – Hollis Moore (Coahoma) 10 pass from Garrick Jones (Coahoma), 2:41
Series Record: North 18-17-2.