Three JPS Players Selected For All Star Football Classic

By Sedrick Durr
Jackson Advocate Contributing Writer

The 2014 Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Football Classic will take place on December 13 at the Crampton Bowl in Montgomery Alabama. However, the 28th Annual event will not go on without at least roster acknowledgement of three Jackson Public School standouts.

Malik Dear and Keontye Garner of Murrah and Tommy Champion of Callaway were each selected to join the rest of Mississippi’s most talented high school football players to take on Alabama’s best. The decision was announced on October 14.

Dear a 5’10 186 pound Mississippi State commit was also selected to participate in the US Army All-American Bowl in January. The senior multi-purpose athlete has made several headlines throughout the season with his ability to run and catch while leading the Mustangs to a 6-4 season so far. In 2013 he was selected as the state’s offensive player of the year by Max Preps. Dear has scored 18 touchdowns in 2014 and 83 throughout his high school career.

Garner has been recognized for his ability to get in the backfield.The 6-3 250 defensive lineman doubles as an offensive lineman for the Mustangs but his nine sacks in 2014 has posed the possible threat of having a future on the defensive side of the ball. During the All-Star selections, Garner had no listed a college of choice.

Champion who will join Dear at Mississippi State in 2015 will represent Callaway during the all-star classic. The 6’5 270lb senior has made life a pleasant one for the Chargers as a center. As a result the playoffs are a strong possibility while sitting at 3-2 in 2-5A Region play. Champion is known for his potential to provide pancake blocks against his opponents.

Overall, Dear, Garner and Champion are expected to serve as important pieces to the success of Mississippi versusAlabama.Although there has been some success over the years since the inaugural game in 1988, Alabama has won the last six. Mississippi last landed on the winning side of this clash in 2007 with a 26-7 victory.