Locals to appear in All-Star game

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 5, 2001

NATCHEZ – For those wanting to get their last gasp of area prep football this weekend, the place to be is the scene of the Trinity Episcopal state championship this weekend.

Robinson Hale Stadium on the campus of Mississippi College, where the Saints clinched the Academy A title in a 14-7 win over Wayne, will be the site for the Mississippi Private School Association All-Star football game.

Trinity head coach David King will assist Silliman Institute’s Marvin Holland, along with Joey Hawkins’ of Jackson Academy and Billy Ray Hankins of Simpson Academy.

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Kickoff for the 30th-annual battle between the South versus the North squad is set for Friday at 6 p.m. King took with him to Clinton this week, his most dangerous weapon in quarterback Chad Ridley, who led the Saints in offense this season with 2,400 yards rushing and passing. He also either ran or threw for 35 touchdowns through 14 games.

Since this game encompasses all four Academy classifications, it is not known whether or not Ridley will start the contest.

While he joined his other participants in a week-long practice session in Clinton, King has been in and out of town this week, just coming in to coach Trinity Episcopal’s basketball games, both Tuesday and tonight.

&uot;It’s been a pretty hectic weekend,&uot; he said at halftime of his team’s 73-16 rout of Pine Hills Tuesday. &uot;They like to not have even let me leave to come down for this.&uot;

The South squad leads the overall series, 17-12, a trend that both Ridley and King hope to continue this year.

The North, however, prevailed 23-12 in a sloppy rain-soaked affair.

It is not known just how other events will affect the attendance. The contest will go head to head with the MHSAA Class 5A final that pits Moss Point against Starkville.

Also, in Hattiesburg, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles have a home finale against Texas Christian scheduled for 6 p.m. at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

The game is a result from USM’s shuffled slate, following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

King will also coach against the man he defeated last week. Wayne Academy’s Tom Boznor is an assistant for the North squad.