Alabama All-Stars beat Mississippi

Published 12:30 am Sunday, December 14, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Justin Johnson hauled in Tyler Cameron’s 30-yard pass in the left corner of the end zone as time expired to lift Alabama to a 36-30 win over Mississippi in the 28th Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star Classic at Cramton Bowl on Saturday.

Warren Central cornerback Chris Stamps and St. Aloysius offensive lineman Drake Dorbeck both saw significant playing time for Mississippi.

Dorbeck played at tackle, while Stamps recorded four solo tackles and one assist.

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The Mississippi all-stars dominated the first half and led by as many as 18 points before Alabama rallied for its seventh consecutive win and 15th in the last 17 meetings. The last three games have all been decided by six points or less.

Alabama leads 21-7 all-time in the series, which began in 1988. Two games were played in 2007, when the date shifted from July to December.

Alabama most valuable player Kerryon Johnson, an Auburn commit from Madison Academy, scored two of his three touchdowns as Alabama reeled off 21 unanswered points to take a 30-28 lead midway through the third quarter. Johnson finished with 130 yards on 19 carries.

After Alabama running back Demetrice Vaughan was tackled in the end zone for a safety that tied the game, Mississippi’s Michael Godley missed a 46-yard field-goal attempt with 63 seconds left and Alabama drove the length of the field for the game-winning points.

“We called verticals,” said Cameron, who completed 5 of 9 passes for 147 yards and the one touchdown. “We knew Justin Johnson was a good matchup, and he went up and got it. It was a great play.”

Starkville receiver Raphael Leonard, who had 59 yards and two touchdowns on five catches, was the Mississippi most valuable player. His Starkville teammate Brady Davis completed 13 of 24 passes for 158 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

Davis completed his first 12 passes of the game.

“It was just the guys around me,” Davis said. “They’re great players, they’re going to get open and the offensive line gave me time. I have the easy part — just put the ball where it’s supposed to be and they made plays.”

Leonard and Davis hooked up for touchdown passes covering 28 and 11 yards in the first quarter to stake Mississippi to a 14-3 lead.

Mississippi stretched the lead to 28-10 late in the first half on a 23-yard TD pass from Brady Davis to receiver Terrance Davis, and a 44-yard interception return for a score by East Marion’s Jonathan Abram.

Terrance Davis, from Southaven, had seven catches for 104 yards and a touchdown, and Meridian quarterback Jamarius Smith was 12-of-23 passing for 122 yards.

Mississippi only had 17 rushing yards as a team in the game and didn’t score in the second half. Alabama had 240 rushing yards, and two of its 10 pass completions resulted in touchdowns.