By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal

Only the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Classic would allow for a star running back to arrive with an opposing coach whose team he victimized during the regular season.

Walnut senior Shaquille Perry burned Brian White’s Alcorn Central defense for 221 yards and three touchdowns on just 10 carries in the first half of a 34-0 Walnut win on Sept. 3.

Perry rode down with the Alcorn Central head coach to Mississippi College in Clinton, where the two boarded a bus on Wednesday morning with the other Bernard Blackwell All-Star players and coaches, to head down to the Gulf Coast for Saturday’s 62nd game at Ocean Springs’ Greyhound Stadium.

Perry, who rushed for 2,188 yards and 37 touchdowns this season, will be one of 13 players from the Daily Journal’s coverage area suiting up for the North in a game that is scheduled to kickoff at noon (WCBI).

White will be coaching the North’s defensive linemen. Also joining him on the North coaching staff, led by Ridgeland’s Kenny Burton, is Bubba Tacker of Smithville.

“That’s OK,” White said about traveling with Perry to Clinton.

After all, White is good friends with Perry’s high school coach, Timmy Moore, and has nothing but respect for the Walnut back.

“It’s going to save some time and money, and it’s going to be fun, of course,” added White.

The Alcorn Central coach will certainly enjoy coaching the North defensive linemen – defensive ends such as Vontarrius Dora of West Point and Fred Ward of Aberdeen.

“It’s going to be fun,” said White, who will be coaching in his first Bernard Blackwell Classic. “I told somebody the other day that, of course, here at Alcorn Central, we don’t have a lot of good athletes.

“I coached at other schools before I was at Alcorn Central. When I was at Columbus and Grenada (as an assistant), everywhere you looked they were great athletes.

“It will be like that.”

The North’s “great athletes” will look to get the North on the winning side for the first time since 2008. The South leads the all-time series, 28-25-4.

Contact John Wilbert at 678-1572 or john.wilbert@djournal.com.

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