Seven to play in MPSA All-Star Game

Published 11:29 pm Thursday, December 6, 2007

NATCHEZ — The MPSA football season might have come to an end a week ago with Centreville’s 36-21 triumph over Marshall Academy in the Class AA State Championship game, but for several area athletes, there is one more game to play.

Seven area football players representing four schools were selected to play for the South squad in the MPSA All-Star Game tonight at 6.

The game will take place at Robinson-Hale Stadium on the Mississippi College campus in Clinton.

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Parker Brumfield and Jordan Vance from Trinity, Nick Goudeau and Russ Vine from Centreville, Jody Cottongin and Chris Carroll from Huntington and Phillip Carpenter from Tensas Academy were all selected to take part in the game honoring the best in MPSA football.

“It’s a big honor to be selected as an all-star,” Brumfield, Trinity’s quarterback, said. “I was real excited when I found out.”

Brumfield and the other players selected arrived in Clinton Tuesday morning and have had two practices a day while also getting time to bond with one another.

Brumfield said hanging out with the players that he had been competing against throughout the year was one of the best parts of the week.

“It’s fun to come up here for a week and meet new people and make friends with them,” Brumfield said. “It’s a great experience.”

Trinity assistant coach Matt Mason said Brumfield and Vance both deserve the honor.

“Parker is one of the smartest kids I’ve ever coached and was a leader of the offense while Jordan was a defensive leader at linebacker,” Mason said. “They both had a great season for us.”

Huntington coach Chad Harkins also was proud of his two players that were selected, although Cottongin won’t be able to play in the game due to a broken collarbone he suffered in Huntington’s quarterfinal playoff game.

“There’s no doubt it’s a great honor,” Harkins said. “They’re both real happy to be there. For the coaches to vote them both all-stars is a great honor to both them and the entire team. Jody is a leader and a key factor to our success (at running back) and Chris is the leader of our offensive line.”

In addition to the players being selected for the team, Centreville coach Bill Hurst will be an assistant coach for the South team.

Hurst led his Tigers to their seventh state championship with the win last Friday.

The head coach of the South team will be Glenbrook’s Jerry Almond, who led his team to a Class A state title Friday.