Alabama's defense was solid the entire afternoon as it handled Mississippi's late charge en route to a 21-16 win in the latest installment of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.
Mississippi's final chance came on a 4th-and-14 play from their own 19 yard-line. A pass right near the first down sticks was made from Wes Windham to Derrick Jones, but Alabama's Jonathan Cook batted it down.
With zero timeouts remaining, Team Mississippi watched as Alabama set up in the victory formation.
Prior to that, Alabama was in control for most of the game. It got off to a 21-0 start led by an opportune defense, that forced two turnovers in its own red zone, including an interception by Cook that set up the second score. Each of the first two possessions after Mississippi turnovers resulted in Thomas Hamlin field goals.
Alabama's next possession resulted in a 51-yarder from Hamlin just before the second quarter wrapped-up.
Each drive was created with a turnover, but Nick Mullens was efficient the entire time, tossing primarily to Jason Smith. The Jacksonville State commit was 5 for 8 for 92 yards in the first two frames.
Alabama got the ball back to begin the second half, and it picked up just as it left off, with the offense rolling. This time, the strategy was to run Cedrix Reed, who churned 45 yards on five carries on the drive including a 30-yard touchdown scamper to account for the game's first touchdown.
As the Alabama defense remained disruptive on back-to-back three-and-outs, Alabama put together another solid drive as the third quarter wound down. Mullens went back to Smith on connections of 10 and 20 yards. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Mullens tossed a perfect over-the-shoulder ball down the far sideline aimed for Nate Andrews, who hauled in the completion for 34 yards. Three plays later, Joshua Walker was able to push the score to 21-0 from 9-yards out.
Then, almost instantly, there was a shift in momentum. Mississippi came out firing, and attacked d Team Alabama vertically. It was able to score on a quick deep-strike from Parker Adamson to Kameron Myers.
It threatened to march down the field on the very next possession, after a defensive stop, but Adamson's end zone toss to Myers was intercepted by Kamryn Melton. However, the Auburn commit only returned the ball to the 2-yard line before being stopped.
On the very next play, Walker, was stopped behind the goal line by Chris Jones, who would earn MVP honors for Mississippi, for a safety.
After getting the ball on a short free kick, Mississippi took to the air once more as Wes Windham hit Derrick Jones on a 41-yard connection. The score was the second against Marquez White, who was vulnerable in deep coverage despite proving physical as a tackler.
That turned out to be the peak for Mississippi, who then closed the gap to 21-16, which wound up the final score.