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HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi All-Star team was told all week that they didn’t have a chance.
Well all that talk back fired in a big way.
Behind a big second half Mississippi ran past Alabama 42-7 in the 31st annual Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game at Southern Miss’ M.M. Roberts Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Mississippi is now 2-0 in this All-Star Game in Mississippi.
“Our kids were ready all week. They’ve been told that they didn’t have a chance and they just rose to the occasion,” said Mississippi head coach Lance Mancuso of Jefferson Davis County. “That is what Mississippi football all about we might not have the five star recruits, but we got hard nose football players that love the game and it means a lot to them. It was an honor to be a part of what all took place today.”
After the game was tied at 7 at half, Mississippi would outscore Alabama 35-0 in the second half.
Yazoo County quarterback Kenny Gainwell and Pearl do-it-all athlete Tylan Knight were named the co-MVP’s for Mississippi.
Gainwell had 56 yards rushing with three touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball, while Knight had four tackles (two and a half for loss), an interception and returned a punt return 45 yards that set up a touchdown.
“We came out in the second half and just started clicking on both sides,” Knight said. “It feels amazing to end my season with a state championship and now to win this all-star is great.”
Gainwell had touchdown runs of 24, 12 and 4 yards out.
South Panola quarterback Patrick Shegog added a 3-yard touchdown with 9:11 left in the third quarter that gave Mississippi the lead for good at 14-7
West Point running back Marcus Murphy, a Mississippi State commit, led the Mississippi rushing attack with 124 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns.
“We brought it back to Mississippi that’s what we worked on all week,” Murphy said. “It’s hard to be on a team with so many athletes, but the guys weren’t selfish and we did what we needed to do to win the game.”