Magnolia Gridiron All-Star Classic

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Magnolia Gridiron All-Star Classic (defunct)
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Stadium Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
Location Jackson, Mississippi
Operated 2005–2006

The Magnolia Gridiron All-Star Classic was an annual post-season college football all-star game held in December 2005 and 2006. The game was organized by Darry Alton, who previously helped found the Las Vegas All-American Classic, in view of the discontinuation of the Blue–Gray Football Classic and the Gridiron Classic, in order to provide players from lesser-known and lesser-televised schools with a chance to impress NFL scouts.

The game was held at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Mississippi. It matched a team of senior players from Division I-A schools not participating in bowl games, against seniors from Division I-AA, Division II, and Division III schools; both teams also included some NAIA players.[1] In advance of the game, players participated in practice days and a combine, which were open to NFL and CFL scouts.[2][3]

Game results[edit]

Date Played Winning team Losing team Ref.
December 24, 2005 White Team (Division I-A) 17 Red Team (smaller schools) 9 [1][2]
December 23, 2006 Green Team (Division I-A) 32 Red Team (smaller schools) 14 [4]

Head coaches:

2005[5]Kentucky offensive coordinator Joker Phillips (White) and Northwestern State head coach Scott Stoker (Red)
2006[6] – former Mississippi State head coach Jackie Sherrill (Green) and former Jackson State head coach W. C. Gorden (Red)

2005: White 17, Red 9[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP White Red
1 3:24 White Bill Sampy 41-yard touchdown reception from Matt Bohnet, Justin Brantley kick good 7 0
2 2:05 White 22-yard field goal by Justin Brantley 10 0
2 0:00 Red Blayne Baggett 1-yard touchdown run, Jon Scifres kick good 10 7
3 12:21 5 74 White Boone Stutz 7-yard touchdown reception from Steven Jyles, Justin Brantley kick good 17 7
3 6:18 Red Dustin Almond tackled in end zone for a safety by defense 17 9
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 17 9

 [7]

2006: Green 32, Red 14[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Red Green
1 Green 47-yard field goal by John Deraney 0 3
1 Green Demarcus Davis 14-yard touchdown reception from Tim Brasic, John Deraney kick good 0 10
1 Red Jamal Pittman 1-yard touchdown run, Jim Hall kick good 7dagger 10
1 Green Pierre Thomas 1-yard touchdown run, 2-point pass good (Jon Hamlett from Michael Gibson) 7 18
2 Green Jon Hamlett 19-yard touchdown reception from Jerry Babb, John Deraney kick good 7 25
4 Red Eldra Buckley 7-yard touchdown run, Jim Hall kick good 14 25
4 Green Terrell Jordan 11-yard touchdown run, John Deraney kick good 14 32
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 14 32

dagger Game summaries differ from the box score,[8] stating that both Red touchdowns occurred late in the second half.[4]

MVPs[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McCreary, Joedy (December 24, 2005). "White all over Red in Magnolia All-Star Classic". USA Today. Associated Press. 
  2. ^ a b Christensen, Mike (December 25, 2005). "First-time jitters can't stop big boys". The Clarion-Ledger. Jackson, Mississippi. Retrieved June 2, 2017 – via newspapers.com. 
  3. ^ Brandt, David (December 19, 2006). "Runnin' Down a Dream". The Clarion-Ledger. Jackson, Mississippi. Retrieved June 2, 2017 – via newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ a b c "Babb leads Green to win at Magnolia". Daily World. Opelousas, Louisiana. December 24, 2006. Retrieved June 2, 2017 – via newspapers.com. 
  5. ^ "Magnolia Gridiron Classic". The Republic. Columbus, Indiana. December 20, 2005. Retrieved June 2, 2017 – via newspapers.com. 
  6. ^ "Brandon McDonald and Michael Gibson to Play in All-Star Game". cstv.com. December 11, 2006. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Magnolia Classic (box score)". Hattiesburg American. Hattiesburg, Mississippi. December 25, 2005. Retrieved June 2, 2017 – via newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ "Magnolia Grid-Iron Classic (box score)". The Clarion-Ledger. Jackson, Mississippi. December 24, 2006. Retrieved June 2, 2017 – via newspapers.com. 

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