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Annual Bernard Blackwell All-Star game is set for Saturday

August 26, 2022: Pascagoula quarterback Keilon Parnell (10) attempts a 2 point conversion late in the third quarter during Friday’s game between the Moss Point Tigers and Pascagoula Panthers at War Memorial Stadium in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports

One last prep football game remains in the state of Mississippi for 2022, and it takes place this weekend.

The Bernard Blackwell North/South All-Star Game will take place on Saturday, Dec. 17th at 11:30 a.m., at historic Milner Stadium in Gulfport.

Sixteen total players from the “Southern Six” in South Mississippi were chosen for the contest, and 15 of those players will participate. Gautier quarterback Kaden Irving was picked but chose to instead play in the U.S. Army Bowl in Frisco, Texas this weekend. He was replaced on the South roster by Harrison Central senior signal-caller Christian Turner.

Turner will team up with Quez Gross of Scott Central behind center for the South Squad. Gross is the only “Mr. Football” winner competing in the game, as he was honored with that prestigious title after leading his team to back-to-back Class 2A State championships. Gross accounted for almost 3,400 yards of total offense and 47  touchdowns this season as he threw for 2,817 yards and 36 scoring strikes and ran for 543 yards and 11 more touchdowns.

The following players from the “Southern Six” counties in South Mississippi were picked for that prestigious contest:


Kaden Irving, Gautier (will not participate)

Christian Turner, Harrison Central

Offensive Line

Kane Edwards, Poplarville

Casey Tynes, George County

Wide Receivers

Chasden Collins, Stone

A.J. Phillips, Gautier

Duran Parrish, Biloxi

J.P. Coulter, Ocean Springs

Keilon Parnell, Pascagoula

Defensive Line

Tucker Smith, Poplarville


Nakiel Trotter, Poplarville

David Lewis, Gulfport

Keshawn Thomas, Ocean Springs

Defensive Backs

Tyran Warren, Picayune

Damaryion Fillmore, Biloxi

D.K. Jenkins, St. Martin


Also, Poplarville’s Beech and Blake Pennock of Ocean Springs will be assistants on the South Team for the 2022 Bernard Blackwell North/South All-Star Game.

(A.J. Phillips, Gautier)

Here are the complete rosters for the game:

South Roster

Tyreke Snow, ATH, Newton

Walter Owens, ATH, Mendenhall

Douglas Nelson, DB, Hazlehurst

Sentario Willis, DB, Hazlehurst

Tyran Warren, DB, Picayune

Malcolm Boykin, DB, Hattiesburg

Damaryion Fillmore, DB, Biloxi

D.K. Jenkins, DB, St. Martin

Zechariah Parodi, DL, Scott Central

Jonathan Davis, DL, Lawrence County

Tucker Smith, DL, Poplarville

Mason Jenkins, DL, West Jones

Tylan Cole, DL, Meridian

Deaundre Washington, DL, Brandon

Mason Clinton, DL, Petal

Kelton Mickell, DL, Petal

Christian Baglione, K/P, Northwest Rankin

Chance Barron, LB, Mendenhall

D.J. Cloyd, LB, Columbia

Nakiel Trotter, LB, Poplarville

Zakari Tillman, LB, Florence

David Lewis, LB, Gulfport

T.J. Harvey, LB, Oak Grove

Keshawn Thomas, LB, Ocean Springs

Luke Winstead, OL, Sebastopol

Kane Edwards, OL, Poplarville

Malik Ellis, OL, Laurel

Casey Tynes, OL, George County

Roscoe Tucker, OL, Meridian

Tanner Welch, OL, Northwest Rankin

Reid Grantham, OL, Pearl

Logan Walker, OL, Oak Grove

Quez Goss, QB, Scott Central

Christian Turner, QB, Harrison Central

Anthony Ross, RB, Bay Springs

Javarious Walker, RB, Raleigh

Jarvis Durr, RB, Brandon

DeCoreyea Buchanan, TE, Brandon

Chasden Collins, WR, Stone

A.J. Phillips, WR, Gautier

O’Najae Marshall, WR, Terry

Tre Hall, WR, Warren Central

Duran Parish, WR, Biloxi

J.P. Coulter, WR, Ocean Springs

Keilon Parnell, WR, Pascagoula

Managers: Gerald Webster (Oak Grove); Donovan Davidson (Oak Grove).

Head Coach: Drew Causey, Oak Grove

Assistant Coaches: Damien Gary (Hazlehurst); Bobby Bass (Newton County); Benjie Merchant (Oak Grove); Blake Pennock (Ocean Springs); Justin Hunter (Pearl); Ryan Keeton (Pelahatchie); Jay Beech (Poplarville); Sam Williams (Brandon).


North Roster

Troy Griffin, ATH, Gentry

Jordan McKnight, DB, Northside

Saveon Freeman, DB, Water Valley

Kelley Jones, DB, Clarksdale

Hemyar Nagi, DB, Columbus

Octavious Pernell, DB, Holmes County Central

Elijah Ruffin, DB, Neshoba Central

Trison Booker, DB, DeSoto Central

Fred Adams, DB, Tupelo

Rodney Stewart, DL, Baldwyn

Cameron Mackey, DL, Clarksdale

Alex Larry, DL, Greenwood

Chris Brown, DL, Callaway

Joseph Head, DL, Holmes County Central

Ian Jeffries, DL, Southaven

Tony Lucious, DL, Starkville

Eric Thomas, DL, Starkville

Jackson Uselton, K/P, Hernando

Jayden Walker, LB, Aberdeen

Tommy Kelly, LB, Provine

Jhace Mallard, LB, West Point

Detravion Parker, LB, Grenada

Jalen Townes, LB, Grenada

Martavis Blackmon, LB, Oxford

Beau Holley, LB/LS, Neshoba Central

Trace Wegmann, OL, Kossuth

Bryson Kelly, OL, Noxubee County

Jamerious Jenkins, OL, Water Valley

Abel Tyler, OL, Winona

Paxton George, OL, West Lauderdale

Zachary Simpson, OL, West Lauderdale

Cam Williams, OL, Clinton

Colin Rayborn, OL, Southaven

Ty Davis, QB, Itawamba AHS

Vic Sutton, QB, Madison Central

Jakobe Calvin, RB, Clinton

Deandre Pullen, RB, Madison Central

Roman Gregory, RB, Oxford

Thomas Kline, TE, Itawamba AHS

Omarion Blakes, WR, McEvans

Anthony Little, WR, Noxubee County

Zion Ashby, WR, Itawamba AHS

Jarkea Reed, WR, Leake Central

Ja’Braxton Boone, WR, Ridgeland

Jaylon York, WR, Starkville

Managers: Peyton Grey (Neshoba Central); Jimmie Grist (Tupelo).

Head Coach: Patrick Schoolar, Neshoba Central

Assistant Coaches: Alan Peacock (Center Hill); Josh Pulphus (Columbus); Mario Young (Gentry); Clint Hoots (Itawamba AHS); Brian Kelly (Kossuth); Shannon Ruffin (Neshoba Central); Teddy Young (Noxubee County); Brock Clay (West Lauderdale).


Written by Curtis Rockwell

Curtis has almost three decades of experience at four different daily newspapers across South Mississippi, specializing in Sports and live Music.


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