By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
Both Wyatt Roberts and Jeremy Sangster would much rather have come home from their week long stay in Montgomery, Ala. for the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic with a win. But, it just wasn’t to be.
While both Roberts and Sangster performed well during the game, the end result saw Alabama hold off a late Mississippi challenge to take a 21-17 win in the game played at the Crampton Bowl. It was the sixth consecutive win for Alabama in the series.
“I thought we had a chance there at the end,” said Roberts, who hit on 10-of-20 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown win the game. Under heavy fire on Mississippi’s last drive Roberts cut loose a pass that just grazed off the receivers finger tips as he raced down the sideline.
“I didn’t see it, but when I let it go I thought it might be good,” Roberts said. “I was hoping we could get them right there”
Roberts was under heavy pressure the entire game, but especially late in the contest when the Alabama pass rush seemed to intensify.
“I always wanted to play with and against the best five-star guys out there to just see what it would be like and how I would match up,” Roberts said on Monday afternoon. “I thought I held my own against them. I was a little sore on Sunday, but I’m feeling pretty good right now.”
Roberts said Sangster also made himself known during the week.
“He was everywhere,” Roberts said of his teammate. “I don’t think he ever came out of the game. I’m sure a lot of people noticed.”
While the game and the practices were what the week was all about, Roberts, Sangster and their Mississippi teammates also took in a lot of other activities, including a banquet and a visit to the Rosa Parks Civil Rights Museum.
“The whole thing was real nice,” he said. “They did a real good job of putting everything together. The whole thing was an unbelievable experience.”
Next up for both Sangster and Roberts will be the official decision of where to play football next year. At this point Sangster is still leaning toward Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, while Roberts is staying firm with his commitment to Jacksonville (Ala.) State University.