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NHS Bulldogs to play in Mississippi-Louisiana All-Star game

NATCHEZ — Three Natchez High School football players will participate in the inaugural Who’s The Mann Classic Mississippi-Louisiana All-Star game Saturday in Baton Rouge.

Seniors Brian Isaac, Raymond Williams and Christopher Curtis will play for the Mississippi squad as it hopes to defeat its Louisiana counterpart.

Bulldogs head coach Lance Reed said the All-Star game would provide a good opportunity for his athletes to meet other players.

“They’ll get an idea of what it’s like to compete at the next level,” Reed said.

“This is a new game, so I’m not as familiar with it as some of the other All-Star games that have been around a while. Our guys received literature and invites, and those are the three that followed through.”

Reed also said All-Star games have a way of opening the athletes’ eyes as to how hard they’ll have to work in order to make an impact at the collegiate level.

“It’s a good motivator,” he said. “When you’re the best on your team, sometimes our kids may forget it’s a whole state and country you compete against when you leave the area.

“It shows them you have to work hard, realizing the kind of competition that is out there.”

Isaac, a defensive back, had a good season for the Bulldogs, Reed said, and he expects him to continue his playing career after high school.

“He has tremendous ability and unlimited potential,” Reed said. “He has a wealth of talent, and that can hopefully blossom at the next level. He has the ability to be a special player.”

Williams played linebacker for Bulldogs this past season, and was a team leader in terms of on-field performance.

“He started three years for us, and led us in tackles for the past two seasons,” Reed said. “He’s a tremendously hard-working kid who will definitely go on to the next level and contribute. He’s tough, and he has a great nose for the football.”

Curtis was a two-way lineman for the Bulldogs, seeing time at offensive guard and defensive tackle.

“He’s a kid who is blessed with great size and has steadily developed an understanding of how to be able to use his strength,” Reed said.

“With some more work, he would definitely be an asset to someone’s program. All teams need someone who can move and take up space like he can.”

Kickoff will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Baton Rouge.

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