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Area football players on All-Star roster

By By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
July 13, 2004
A pair of former Meridian High School football players will suit up for a mid-summer game on Friday.
Kicker/punter Andrew Gambrell and defensive lineman Jeremy Campbell will play for the South team in the 55th Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Classic at Madison Central High School.
Gambrell, who is an invited walk-on for the Mississippi State University football team, connected on 34 point-after attempts in his senior year. The Wildcats kicker also tallied six field goals in 2003, with a long of 55 yards.
Campbell, who signed to play for the University of West Alabama, was a big piece of a Wildcats defense that allowed 186 points last season, including one shut out.
The annual game sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Coaches is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m., and the Bill Stewart and Cotton Robertson awards will be presented at halftime. The cost of admission to the game is $5.
Newton County offensive lineman Josh Yeager will also suit up for the South team.
The South squad will be coached by Newton County's Jeff Breland, who led his team to a 6-5 record and an appearance in the Class 3A playoffs in 2003.
Newton County's Mike Spence will be one of Breland's assistants, along with Raleigh's Durwood Anderson, Lumberton's Teddy Dyes and George County's Al Jones.
Mario Odom and Cedric Jones of Wayne County will also be member of the South All-Star squad.
The two defense players Odom a defensive back and Jones a defensive end helped the War Eagles capture the 2003 Class 4A State championship.
Players will report to Hinds Community College in Raymond this afternoon, and they will have their first practice of the week tonight.
The South and North squads will practice in the morning and afternoon on Wednesday and Thursday, and the teams will have a final practice Friday morning.
The North won last year's game 10-6, but the South has a 24-22-4 all-time series lead in the game formerly known as the Mississippi High School All-Star Football Game, which began in 1950. The game was renamed after former executive director of the MAC Bernard Blackwell in 1994.

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