Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Austin Douglas of South Panola

Griffin sustains injury in All-Star game; others prepare for BBFC

By Myra Bean

Before the dust is settled on the Alabama All-Stars double overtime 24-17 win over Mississippi Saturday, players are gearing up for the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Classic.

The Bernard Blackwell is the annual north-south game which pits the best of the best in Mississippi against each other.

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Ricky Hunt from North Panola and three players from South Panola, Austin Douglas, Taylor Rotenberry and Al Hentz will play for the North team Saturday afternoon. The game kicks off at noon at Ocean Springs High School in Greyhound Stadium.

In Saturday’s Alabama/Mississippi All-Star game, South Panola was represented by Kendrick Market, Nickolas Brassell and Qyen Griffin.

Griffin was hurt on a play with 10 seconds left in the third quarter and had to be carted off the field. Pogue reported to news sources later that Griffin had a possible slight concussion and would be alright. Griffin finished with minus seven yards on four carries.

“All the CAT scans came out good,” Pogue told the Clarion Ledger.

Both Market and Brassell scored touchdowns in the game.

Market, playing linebacker, stripped a ball from Kardeem Poole and sprinted 27 yards to give Mississippi a 7-6 lead, according to The Clarion-Ledger.

“We stayed on the field a lot and the offense didn’t put enough points on the board, but that’s how it goes sometimes,” said Market.

The article went on to say Brassell, who dropped what would have been a touchdown on the first drive, redeemed himself with a 63-yard scoring reception from West Jones quarterback Ben Stevens with 5:38 left in the third quarter. In overtime, the fourth down pass to Brassell was broken up and Mississippi lost its third straight game to Alabama.