Cathedral head coach will head All Star White team

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, November 27, 2018

NATCHEZ — Class AAA state champion Adams County Christian School and Class AA state runner-up Centreville Academy will be well represented at the 2018 MAIS All-Star Football Games that will take place on Friday.

The 8-Man/Class A/Class AA All-Star Game will kick off at 3 p.m. and the Class AAA/AAAA All-Star Game gets under way at 6 p.m. Both games will be at Patriot Field on the campus of Jackson Preparatory School.

Four seniors on head coach David King’s ACCS squad will be playing in the MAIS Class AAA/AAAA All-Star Game. However, they will not all be on the same team. Quarterback Sterling Yarbrough and athlete Jakarius Caston will be on the White All-Star team while cornerback Kemari Clark and offensive lineman Vince Carter will be on the Blue All-Star team.

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Cathedral senior running back/defensive end Tyriek Lee will be on the Class AAA/AAAA White team and Green Wave head coach Chuck Darbonne will be the White team’s head coach. Former Trinity Episcopal Day School coach Graham Roberts, who is now an assistant coach at Columbia Academy, will be one of the White team’s assistant coaches.

“I was honored to be selected by the MAIS executives to be coaching in this all-star game. It’s great that Graham Roberts, a former coach at Trinity, is going to be one of the assistant coaches,” Darbonne said.

“There was a draft involved and I found out that Tyriek made it, too. Tomorrow through Friday, it’s about finding out who the best players are when it matters. We’re going to try to win this thing.”

For Darbonne, coaching in this all-star game will come full circle for him. He played in what was then the MPSA All-Star Football Game back in 1999. As he put it, “From playing in it to coaching it, it’s a great overall experience.”

As for coaching two of ACCS’s four All-Stars in Caston and Yarbrough, Darbonne said, “I was honored to select those guys in the draft. I wish I could’ve selected all four of them,” Darbonne added. “It’s a great honor to be among the best players in the MAIS.”

A potpourri of 8-man and 11-man seniors from the area will be on the field for the 8-Man/Class A/Class AA All-Star Game, including three players from head coach Bill Hurst’s Centreville Academy team.

Tigers quarterback Tyler Thomassie will be on the White All-Star team while offensive lineman/defensive tackle Coleton Peterson and punter Wyatt Brabham will be on the Blue All-Star team. However, an injury will prevent Brabham from being on the field.

Quarterback/free safety D’mario Weathersby of Wilkinson County Christian Academy, which went 6-5 in its first year of 8-man football and just missed out on the playoffs, will be on the Blue All-Star team. So will Rams’ first-year head coach Robert Cook, who will join Weathersby on the Blue team as an assistant coach.

Tensas Academy, which went 5-4 and was the No. 4 seed in the 8-Man Playoffs, will have two seniors from head coach Joe Coats’s team represented — Ethan Ryals and Morgan Lee.