Tide’s Richard picked for all-star game

Published 6:12 pm Thursday, November 8, 2007

Picayune standout senior running back Albert Richard was selected to represent the state of Mississippi against Alabama on Wednesday.

Richard was chosen as one of the four running backs on the Mississippi team that will face Alabama in the 21st annual Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Football Classic that will take place on Monday, Dec. 17th at historic Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile.

Richard has run for almost 1,200 yards his season after rushing for over 2,200 yards and scoring 33 touchdowns as a junior last season.

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He leads Picayune into the Class 4A state playoffs Friday as the Maroon Tide hosts Gautier in the opening round.

“Albert is a special kid and a special player, he deserves every honor he gets,” Picayune head coach Dodd Lee said.

The rest of the Mississippi roster includes, quarterbacks — Bret Jefcoat, Itawamba AHS; Charles Rancifer, Brookhaven.

Running backs — Vic Ballard, Pascagoula; Darius Barksdale, South Panola; Meco Brown, Moss Point; and Richard.

Wide receivers — DeAndre Brown, Ocean Springs; Arceto Clark, Shannon; Chris Lofton, Raleigh; Simmie Yarborough, Brookhaven.

Tight end — Ramon Blakeney, Northeast Jones.

Offensive linemen — John Paul Alford, Kosciusko; Quartney Cox, West Point; Brian Evans, Oxford; Oliver Galicki, St. Andrew’s; Quin Sanford, South Panola; Avis Shelton, West Point; Tobias Smith, Columbus.

Defensive linemen — Willie Packer, Moss Point; Terrance Pope, South Panola; Bo Tillman, Franklin County; Josh Tillman, Franklin County; Andre Wadley, Hernando.

Linebackers/defensive ends — Josh Chestang, Moss Point; Sylvester Hemphill, Olive Branch; Antonio Hoskins, Water Valley; Tyler Kittrell, Oak Grove; Trevor Stigers, Ridgeland; Marlon Walls, Olive Branch.

Defensive backs — Akeem Davis, Laurel; Derrick Herman, Cleveland; Alonzo Lawrence, George County; Charles Mitchell, Clarksdale; Kendrick Presley, Kosciusko; Delmon Robinson, Vicksburg.

Athlete — Matthew Willis, Puckett.

Kicker/punter — Brett Baer, Brandon.

This will be the first time the game is played in December after the game had been played for 20 years in June.