Northeast Mississippi Community College becomes the hotbed of football activity on Saturday, December 4 as the college hosts the thirty-seventh annual Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-Star Football Classic.
Thirteen of the Magnolia State’s 14 football playing schools are scheduled to participate in the annual classic.
MACJC State Champion Mississippi Gulf Coast will sit out this year due to honoring its commitment as the state’s representative in the Mississippi Bowl on Dec. 5 in Biloxi.
Kickoff is set for the thirty-seventh annual MACJC All-Star Football Classic is set for 1 p.m.
During the 2009 classic, the South evened the series at 17-17-2 with a 28-0 win over the North and picked up its second win in a row after knocking off the North 16-14 in the 2008 game.
The North’s last win in the event came in 2007 when the North all-stars squeaked out a 17-14 decision.
Thirty-three players comprise each roster with each institution contributing three athletes – the remainder of the roster is selected by the all-star coaches but no more than eight players from one school is allowed on one team.
All-star coaches are selected from their respective division’s third place team unless they coached in the previous year’s all-star contest.
Athletes will report to the MACJC All-Star Classic headquarters at noon on Thursday, December 2 and immediately hit the field following.
Each squad – North and South – will have three practices before Saturday’s game. Thursday players will only practice once while teams double up on Friday.
The MACJC All-Star Classic has been a springboard from community college to the next level of football. Numerous athletes from past all-star classics have gone on to sign scholarships to Football Bowl Subdivision (former the NCAA’s Division I) schools.