Ala-Miss. All-Stars: Alabama wins
MVP T.J. Yeldon
MVP T.J. Yeldon
abone@scout.com
Posted Dec 10, 2011


The Alabama All-Stars dominated on defense and got help from the offense with big scores to close out the fourth straight victory, 31-12. The game was played in Montgomery, Ala. at the Cramton Bowl on a beautiful Saturday afternoon after a week of bitter cold and rain.


T.J. Yeldon, four-star running back from Daphne, Ala., was a huge difference maker in the 25th annual event. The Auburn commitment touched the ball 16 times for 116 yards with three touchdowns. He added three receptions for 37 yards.

Alabama took to the locker room a 24-3 halftime lead and had controlled the ball for 40 plays compared to Mississippi's 15. The players from the Magnolia State had managed only 14 yards of offense compared to Alabama's 237.

Mississippi came back in the third quarter with a little more firepower when Greg Sims returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown to bring the score to 24-12.

Midway through the fourth quarter North Pikes' A.J. Jefferson is credited with the tackle in the end zone for a safety when the Alabama All-Stars were backed up against their own goal line.

The Alabama defense was relentless throughout the day lead by Ryan Anderson (Alabama) and Jamichael Winston (Arkansas) with five tackles each. Winston, Reggie Ragland (Alabama), Anderson and Terrin Lewis all registered sacks. Jacoby Glenn (Kentucky) had a key interception to stop Mississippi on a key drive in the third quarter.

The MVP awards went to Alabama's Yeldon and Sims for Mississippi. Sims had a kick return for 33 yards and two tackles. Yeldon had two scores in the first half and a 37-yard touchdown run on fourth down late in the game. Jameis Winston had a big block on Channing Ward to spring Yeldon for the last score.

Both teams had kickers to put points on the board. Austin's Matt Pensa kicked from 28 yards out for Alabama, and Devon Bell added a 20 yarder for Mississippi.

The stat chart could not hide how Alabama controlled both sides of the ball. First downs 21-3, 69 plays on offense for 334 yards to Mississippi's 36 plays for 60 total yards.

Anniston's Troymaine Pope had 50 yards rushing on nine touches and looked to really spark the offense when the defense started keying in on Yeldon. He did not play the second half due to an ankle injury.

Hueytown's Jameis Winston (Florida State) was 17-of-24 for 121 yards with two interceptions. He rushed four times for 36 yards. Hueytown teammate Cameron Broadnax caught a game record nine passes for 63 total yards. Yeldon’s three touchdowns and 18 points scored tied game records. Clay-Chalkville's Justin Burdette (who was impressive all week) had three receptions for 37 yards.

Team Mississippi had two rushing yards and 58 yards passing. Quarterback Anthony Alford was five-of-15 for 58 yards. Noxubee County's Terrance Barron had two receptions for 32 yards.

Mississippi's defense was definitely noticed including the five-star Channing Ward. Long Beach's Richie Brown led with 12 tackles. Forrest County's Addarrous Perkins (Mississippi State) and Port Gibson's Adairius Barnes (Mississippi State) had interceptions.



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