Local players eager to showcase talents at annual all-star game

Published 12:03 am Thursday, November 24, 2016

Adams County Christian School’s Chris Sikes perhaps said it best about being named to the MAIS All-Star game.

“It means a lot. I’ve been playing in the MAIS for three years, and there are a lot of really good players,” the senior offensive lineman said. “It’s just a blessing to be able to call myself an all-star.”

Sikes will join teammates George Scott III and Chris Smotherman in addition to area standouts in Trinity Episcopal’s Kevontaye Caston and Cathedral High School’s Will Wallace and Robert Hargrave at the annual game.

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“I had it my mind going into the year that I was going to be the best on the field and that nobody could stop me,” Hargrave said. “This was a goal.”

Sikes, Smotherman and Scott will serve as members of the Blue Team, while Caston and Hargrave will be on the White Team. Wallace said he will miss the game because of a scheduling conflict.

The game is set for Dec. 2 at Jackson Prep in Flowood.

“I can’t wait to get there,” Smotherman said. “It’s going to be a blast. It’s going to be the best of the best that’s going to be there. You have to play your A game. There’s big competition. I have to play my best, and I have to do what I’ve been doing.”

Scott said not only is he expecting to produce a strong performance, but the Louisiana Tech commit said he also expects his peers from the area to play at a high level.

“I know they’re going to do their part just like I’m going to do mine,” Scott said. “I know they’re going to play their best and do what they have to do to help their team win … I just want to ball and go hard and do what I’ve been doing.”

Caston said he’s looking forward to playing with the different players from across the league and getting to know everyone.

“It means a lot to me,” Caston said. “I can go up there and represent my school.”

The University of Southern Mississippi commit said it came as no surprise to him when he and five other local standouts were named to the annual contest.

“We have the potential to do these things,” Caston said. “We can go out to bigger places and compete at a high level.”

Wallace, a Tulane University pledge, echoed Caston’s sentiments, saying the area is overlooked because of its size.

“You have three guys that are committed to Division I schools, and not a lot of other MAIS teams can say that, and there are a lot of other guys in the area that deserve scholarships as well,” Wallace said.