Seven River standouts heading to MACJC All-Star Game set Dec. 5 at NEMCC in Booneville

POPLARVILLE --- Seven Pearl River Community College football standouts will grace the South Division roster in the annual MACJC All-Star Football Classic set Thursday, Dec. 5, at Northeast Mississippi CC in Booneville.
Wildcat All-Stars include defensive back Shauntez Ball of Madison Central High, defensive lineman Carl Green of McComb High, offensive lineman Wesley Haas of St. Stanislaus College in Bay St. Louis, wide receiver Shaun Jones of North Forrest High, offensive lineman Carson Miller of West Point High, defensive back Ty Northern of Rosa Fort High, and defensive lineman Josiah Smith of George County High.
Alternate players from The River include running back Scottie Merrill of Picayune High, linebacker Emmanuel Ray of Lumberton High, and quarterback Shaun White, a Middle Tennessee transfer who prepped at Catholic High in Pensacola, Fla.
PRCC head coach William Jones and his staff will coach the South Division team, while Mississippi Delta head coach Jeff Tatum and his staff will coach the North squad.
The Classic eyes a 1 p.m. kickoff in Tiger Stadium on the NEMCC campus.
Northeast has served as the host of the annual meeting of the MACJC's best athletes for 27 consecutive years dating back to the mid-1980s. It is the first time during that span in which the contest has been moved from its usual Saturday afternoon slot.
“We're really proud of the administration for helping us make that move,” said Tigers head coach Ricky Smither. “It's a great game, so I'm glad that we were able to continue it. This is best for the whole state with us doing this.”
Sophomores from all 14 institutions of the MACJC are eligible to participate in this yearly tradition. Thirty-three players comprise both the North and South rosters with each college contributing three athletes.
The all-star coaches select the remainder of the roster, ¬but no more than eight men from one school are allowed.
Players are to report to Booneville on Tuesday, December 3 at noon. The gridiron standouts will have three practices before the contest, one session on Tuesday while teams double up on Wednesday.
The MACJC All-Star Football Classic has been a springboard to the next level since its inception. Numerous athletes from past matchups have gone on to sign scholarships at four-year universities in NCAA Divisions I, II and NAIA.
The practice sessions allow coaches at those institutions to come to one location and scout the best talent that each MACJC member has to offer.
“It gives these schools an opportunity to make one trip and see a multitude of players from probably the best league in the country,” Smither said. “It's huge and it helps the kids out.”

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