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Perkins named to Mississippi team

CLINTON -Brookhaven’s Fred Perkins has been selected to theMississippi roster for the 14th Annual Alabama-Mississippi All-StarClassic. Perkins (6-3, 215) is listed as a defensive back on the36-man squad.

As a senior quarterback at BHS, Perkins rushed for 875 yards andscored 17 touchdowns. He played tight end and wide receiver hissophomore and junior years.

Perkins directed the Panthers to a 7-3 record and a berth in theClass 4A state playoffs. Against Gautier, in the state playoffgame, Perkins was credited with 18 tackles when he replaced aninjured teammate at defensive back.

The All-Star Classic will be played Saturday night, June 16, atLadd-Peebles Memorial Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Serving as head coachfor the Mississippi team is Mike Justice of Madison Central.

Other area players on the squad are running back Thomas Jackson(5-7, 195) of McComb and offensive lineman Cornelius Stallings(6-4, 315) of South Pike. Quarterbacking the team are DamariusBilbo (6-4, 215) of Moss Point and Michael Spurlock (5-11, 190) ofIndianola Gentry.

Also at running back are Sylvester Brown (5-11, 210) of MadisonCentral, Marquez Dupree (6-0, 205) of Philadelphia and Noah Ingram((5-11, 215) of Ruleville Central.

Tight ends are Akeem Lockett (6-3, 230) of Ripley and TremaineMoore (6-2, 190) of Moss Point. Wide receivers are Mike Espy (6-0,180) of Madison Central, John Eubanks (5-11, 160) of Cleveland,Mario Hill (6-1, 195) of Meridian and Cameron Myers (6-2, 200) ofNorthwest Rankin.

Joining Stallings in the offensive line are Billy Garner (6-2,260) of Gulfport, Chris McNeil (6-4, 275) of Petal, Neal Mead (6-5,290) of Collins, Rodney Outlaw (6-2, 290) of Starkville, ChrisSpencer (6-4, 315) of Madison Central, and Johnny Wadley (6-4, 355)of Hernando.

The team’s placekicker is Mike McLaughlin (6-2, 190) of Gautier.The punter is Will Taylor (6-0, 175) of Water Valley.

On defense, the linemen include Thad Henderson (6-0,285) of Warren Central, Chris McNair (6-4, 210) of Gulfport, JeremyRuffin (6-3, 195) of Meridian, Travis Stokes (6-4, 290) of WaterValley, Marcus West (6-3, 230) of Columbus and Kendel Wheeler (6-3,275) of Petal.

Linebackers are Brandon Downing (6-2, 225) ofClarksdale, Derrick Ducksworth (6-2, 225) of Mize and William Gavin(5-11, 235) of Clinton.

Perkins is joined in the defensive backfield by RicoBennett (6-1, 190) of Brandon, Keith Houston (6-4, 210) ofPhiladelphia, Travis Johnson (6-2, 190) of Shannon, ClarenceMcDougal (6-1, 205) of Clinton and Bryant Thomas (6-2, 190) ofLouisville.

Working as assistant coaches are Jeff Breland of NewtonCounty, Steve Cheatham of Philadelphia, Gary Drewery of WaterValley, Pete Lucovich of Carthage, Jimmy Mitchell of Corinth andKenny Robinson of Mize. The administrative coach is Robert Morganof Warren Central.