MONTGOMERY – Alabama’s All-Stars started strong and finished even stronger to post a 25-14 come-from-behind victory over Mississippi in the 30th playing of the AHSAA Alabama-Mississippi All-Star High School Football Game Saturday at Cramton Bowl.
Alabama improved to 22-8 in the game hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches. Seniors comprised both teams’ 40-man rosters.
Alabama struck first when Lee-Montgomery’s Henry Ruggs III returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown – the longest kickoff return in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game’s 30-year history. Jake Lane added field goals of 38 and 32 yards in the second quarter, giving Alabama a 13-7 halftime lead. He kicked another 38-yard field goal in the third quarter. Alabama got a safety on a Mississippi punt snap that went over the punter’s head and out of the end zone. Hillcrest running back Brian Robinson scored on a 13-yard run with 3:07 remaining in the game. He ended the game with 28 yards on four carries in that scoring drive, the final scoring drive for Alabama.
Mississippi’s scoring came on a 9-yard run by Kylin Hill and a 49-yard interception return by Kam White.
Spanish Fort’s Thomas Johnston, who finished his prep career as the AHSAA career tackles leader, was named Alabama’s game MVP. He had 16 tackles.
Mississippi MVP Kylin Hill led all rushers with 91 yards. He had one touchdown on 18 carries.