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Sessums’s 2 TD’s helps South beat North All-Stars

CLINTON — If you looked down the sideline of the South MPSA AllStar football team Thursday night, you noticed one player thatstood out. And it wasn’t for his overwhelming size- it was for hislack of size. Brookhaven Academy quarterback Price Sessums showedfans and opposing players that size isn’t everything in the annualMPSA All Star game at Robinson Hale Stadium on the campus ofMississippi College.

Trinity Episcopal’s standout running back Stevan Ridley, who hasalready committed to LSU, said it plain and simple: “He’s so fastit’s almost not even fair. If he finds a seam, he’s gone. No onewill catch him.”

Sessums,(5-9, 180) showed the North all star team what teams andfans in the south have seen the past three seasons, with his knackfor making would be tacklers miss, his seemingly unbelievableability to find holes in the opposing defenses, and his blazingspeed. Sessums caught 5 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns andran the football 5 times for 38 yards in leading the South all starteam to a 30-7 victory over the North.

For his accomplishments, Sessums was selected as the OffensiveMost Valuable Player for the South Team. Peyton Ellis of JacksonPrep was selected as the defensive MVP. On the North squad, ColbySultan of Kirk Academy was selected as the offensive MVP andBrandon Chipley of Leake Academy was selected as the defensiveMVP.

Sessums wasn’t alone in representing Brookhaven Academy, asBradley Allred recorded 6 tackles and 1 sack for the South squad.Allred sacked North quarterback Hunter Ferguson of Magnolia Heightson third down, on the opening drive of the game, forcing a puntthat led to a 37 yard field goal by Brice Wilkinson giving theSouth team a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter.

Michael Hindman answered for the North with a 7-yard run with3:31 remaining in the first. Billy Brozovich added the extra pointgiving the North a 7-3 that it carried into halftime.

Dallas Walker and the South offense went to work late in thethird quarter as Walker found Sessums from 21 yards out on thirddown and 17 situation, giving the South a 10-7 lead after Wilkinsonadded the extra point.

On the ensuing drive for the South, Walker connected withSessums again on third and long from their own 31-yard line.Sessums made two defenders miss, then raced down the sideline forthe score, giving the South squad a 17-7 lead. The South added twoscores in the fourth quarter to seal the deal and secure thevictory.

“This week was a lot of fun.” said Allred. “We got to meet a lotof new guys and have fun playing football. I’m glad coach Miltoncould be up here with us. We played under him for 13 games, so itwas special for him to be up here with us in our last game.”

Brookhaven coach Bo Milton served as an assistant coach on theSouth team.

“These guys earned the right to play up here.” said Milton.”Both guys worked very hard throughout our season and showedtremendous senior leadership. This week was all about having funand recognizing the best of the best in the MPSA. I’m glad I couldbe up here with them. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Sessums, who racked up over 8,500 yards of total offense and 111touchdowns in his career, delivered his typical performance in hisfinal high school game. “This week has been a blast.” said Sessums.”We got to meet players from all over the state and just enjoyplaying football. The cold weather made it tough to get thingsgoing early in the game, but we made some things happen toward theend.”

“It’s been a lot of fun.” said Sessums of his high schoolcareer. “Our team accomplished a lot and won a lot of games. CoachMilton came in this year and did a great job of getting us readyevery week. I’m glad he was up here with us in our last game.”

When asked about his plans for the future, Sessums replied: “I’mnot sure what I’m going to do yet. I’m just gonna sit back andenjoy the rest of my senior year and see what kind of offers I get,but I definitely want to continue to play football.”