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Alabama All-Star Game


      The North Squad, led by the quarterbacking of Lee Carpenter of Childersburg, the kicking of Woodlawn's Greg Gantt, and the running of Bob Bryant, Boyce Callahan, and Bo Matthews, threatened to make it a run-a-way by jumping out in fromt with a 9 to 0 lead before the South All-Stars were able to move across their 50 yard line.

      However, at this point, as Larry MCCullough of Lanett spearheaded a stout South defense that held the North scoreless for the remainder of the game, Bucky Phillippi of T. R. Miller, the South quarterback, rallied his offensive forces and on his strong passing arm and the running of Paul Spivey and Rusty Fuller scored the South's initial touckdown with Fuller taking a hand-off and going into the end zone from 3 yards out. The half ended with the North out front 9 to 7.

      Late in the second half, it was the South's defense that set up the winning touchdown. Mike McGill of Benjamin Russell blocked one of Gantt's punts deep in North territory which was r ecove red by Len Gordon on the North's one yard line, and on the first play from scrimmage Bucky Phillippi slammed into the North end zone for the final touchdown and a hard earned 13 to 9 South victory and a 12-9-2 advantage in the 23 year All-Star series.

 North Roster 
 Player   Team   Position   Ht.   Wt.   Class   College 
 Rickey Beaty  Decatur G6-0 200Sr.  Auburn
 William Bonds  Russellville E6-2 210Sr.  Western Kentucky
 Bob Bryant  Oneonta HB5-11 180Sr.  Jacksonville State
 Dell Burleson  Brilliant E6-2 190Sr.  Florence State
  Boyce Callahan  Saks HB5-9 165Sr.  Jacksonville State
 Lee Carpenter  Childersburg QB6-0 170Sr.  Auburn
 Bob Davis  Huntsville C6-1 200Sr.  Auburn
 Greg Gantt  Woodlawn K6-0 200Sr.  Alabama
  Melvin Gay  Minor C6-3 225Sr.  Auburn
 Wendell Hathorn  Susan Moore G5-11 205Sr.  Florence State
  Mike Holderfield  Etowah T6-2 242Sr.  
  Kenneth Hutcherson  Anniston FB6-1 196Sr.  
 Ricky Johnson  Aliceville FB5-11 170Sr.  Livingston
 Danny Kimble  Emma Sansom HB5-10 170Sr.  
 David Langner  Woodlawn FL5-9 172Sr.  Auburn
 Scott Langner  Woodlawn G5-10 210Sr.  Alabama
 Frank Lary  Tuscaloosa County FB6-2 197Sr.  Alabama
 Mike Massingill  Russellville HB6-1 170Sr.  Auburn
  Bo Matthews  Butler FB6-3 220Sr.  Alabama
 Steve McClain  Erwin C5-10 190Sr.  Alabama
 Kenneth McLain  Sylacauga QB6-2 175Sr.  Troy State
 Bill Newton  Fayette County G6-0 193Sr.  Auburn
 Eddie Preuitt  Addison QB5-11 155Sr.  
 Gary Reynolds  Butler T6-1 250Sr.  Alabama
 Jeff Smith  Huntsville QB6-0 160Sr.  Georgia Tech
 Steve Sprayberry  Sylacauga T6-2 215Sr.  Alabama
 Gary Stedham  Anniston G6-2 195Sr.  
 Richard Threatt  East Highland E5-11 168Sr.  Alabama A&M
 Charles Walton  Lauderdale County E6-0 185Sr.  
 Roger Wilson  Curry E6-2 161Sr.  

 South Roster 
 Player   Team   Position   Ht.   Wt.   Class   College 
  John Benjamin  Lowndes County C6-2 215Sr.  
 Bayless Biles  Baldwin County E6-0 205Sr.  Florida State
 John Bowman  Lowndes County C6-4 215Sr.  Middle Tennessee State
 Herb Broom  Lee Montgomery T6-2 228Sr.  Auburn
 Donnie Chancey  Wilcox County E6-4 194Sr.  Auburn
 Gary Wayne Davis  Citronelle FL6-1 180Sr.  Troy State
 Jimmy Dawson  Excel QB6-3 175Sr.  Alabama
 Rusty Fuller  Berry FB6-0 190Sr.  Auburn
 Mike Gates  Ramsay E6-2 183Sr.  Auburn
 Johnny Grimes  Opp FB5-9 175Sr.  Alabama
 Howton Hicks  Tallassee G6-2 230Sr.  
 Doug Holmes  Berry LB5-11 192Sr.  Jacksonville State
 Jimmy Hughes  Jeff Davis QB5-10 165Sr.  Florida State
 Larry Isbell  Leeds G6-0 230Sr.  Livingston
 Wilbur Jackson  Carroll RB6-1 190Sr.  Alabama
 Jimmy King  Andalusia FL5-10 166Sr.  Auburn
 Tim Lundy  Berry T6-2 205Sr.  Livingston
 Larry McCollough  Lanett FB6-0 200Sr.  Mississippi State
 Mike McGill  Benjamin Russell LB6-0 180Sr.  Troy
 Joseph McKinney  Williamson T6-4 215Sr.  South Alabama
 Jerry Middleton  Fairhope HB5-9 188Sr.  Auburn
 Danny Mikul  Banks G6-0 225Sr.  Ole Miss
 Bucky Phillippi  T.R. Miller QB6-3 185Sr.  Auburn
 Larry Philpott  Valley HB6-0 180Sr.  Troy State
 Butch Powell  Charles Henderson C6-0 200Sr.  Troy State
 Mike Raines  Sidney Lanier T6-6 245Sr.  Alabama
 John Rogers  Lee Montgomery G6-0 205Sr.  Alabama
 Paul Spivey  Lee Montgomery HB5-10 185Sr.  Alabama
 John Stallworth  Tuscaloosa FL6-2 180Sr.  Alabama A&M
  Ray Thompson  Banks FL5-11 175Sr.  
 David Turner  Eufaula G5-10 185Sr.  

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