It was a long day for the Magnolia State offense in a 19-7 loss at the annual Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.
The Mississippi All-Stars averaged fewer than three yards a carry and turned the ball over five times on interceptions.
The Mississippi defense came up with several big stops, but none was bigger than Keyshawn Lawrence’s fourth-quarter strip and 92-yard fumble return in the fourth quarter. It was Mississippi’s only score, and Lawrence earned MVP honors for his effort.
The Mississippi defense forced two turnovers: Louisville defensive lineman Ty Cooper, the reigning 4A Mr. Football, forced one fumble and Horn Lake defensive back Charles Thomas intercepted one pass.
Alabama’s defensive front made life miserable for Mississippi’s two quarterbacks, Taylorsville’s Ty Keyes and Magee’s Chandler Pittman. Keyes threw three interceptions and Pittman threw two.
Alabama defensive back Ga’Quincy McInstry, who accounted for two of those interceptions, was named MVP for Alabama.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for team Mississippi. The all-time series now favors Alabama 23-11.