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Alabama All-Star Game


      The Northern All-Stars, headed by J. Furman Elmore, Athens, assisted by red Knight, Cordova; Bill Harris, Sylacauga; Brooks Jones, Sulligent; Clem Gryska, Huntsville, marched to victory -- their first since 1949 -- by a 26-7 score.

      Chuck Jackson, a 5'9", 173 lb fullback from Deshler, amassed 146 yards rushing -- better than two-thirds of the North's total on the ground. Carl BoIton from Athens completed seven passes of nine for 81 yards and two touchdowns: Toby Deese, Talladega; Kenneth Roberts, Anniston; Baxter Booth, Athens; and Lloyd Nix, Carbon Hill shared starring roles.

      The Southern team was coached by Herb Chapman, Holtville; A. R. Holmes, Escambia County; C. A. "Jocko" Norton, Luverne; J. R. Porch, Verbena; and Theron Fisher, Montevallo. Offensively, quarterback Bobby Jackson, Murphy of Mobile, was in the driver's seat and was helped by Wilbur Supple, Hayneville; Danny Wilbanks, Tallassee; and Warren Fleming, Tuscaloosa. Ward Alexander of Evergreen stood out on defense, sharing in at least one-third of the Rebel tackles.

 North Roster 
 Player   Team   Position   Ht.   Wt.   Class   College 
 Willie Beck  Tuscaloosa County T 190Sr.  Alabama
 Carl Bolton  Athens QB6-2 170Sr.  Auburn
 Baxter Booth  Athens E 185Sr.  Alabama
 Max Burleson  Hackleburg HB 165Sr.  
 Raymond Calloway  Alexandria FB5-11 180Sr.  Alabama
 Arnold Coffee  Lawrence County HB Sr.  Alabama
 Toby Deese  Talladega T 235Sr.  Georgia Tech
 Larry Donaldson  Phillips Birmingham C 180Sr.  
 Tom Gray  Pell City E6-1 186Sr.  Alabama
 Tom Jeff Henderson  Winston County HB5-9 165Sr.  Alabama
 Dodd Holt  Walker HB6-2 185Sr.  Alabama
 Chuck Jackson  Deshler FB5-9 173Sr.  Alabama
 Glen Johnson  Cherokee G6-0 197Sr.  Ole Miss
 Paul Knight  Cordova 6-3 189Sr.  
 Oscar Knox  Hartselle HB6-0 196Sr.  Auburn
 Frank LaRussa  Ensley G 190Sr.  Auburn
 Jimmy Lutrell  Jacksonville G5-10 190Sr.  Auburn
 Ralph Moseley  Sylacauga E6-0 200Sr.  Mississippi State
 Lloyd Nix  Carbon Hill HB5-10 165Sr.  Auburn
 Billy Rains  Lawrence County G5-11 205Sr.  Mississippi State
 Kenneth Roberts  Anniston C5-10 200Sr.  Alabama
 J.D. Robinson  Russellville T 200Sr.  Mississippi State
 Jimmy Sanderson  Hamilton HB6-0 150Sr.  
 Morris Savage  Dora G5-10 180Sr.  Auburn
 Bobby Swearangen  Athens T6-2 225Sr.  
 John Thompson  Deshler T6-0 195Sr.  Mississippi State

 South Roster 
 Player   Team   Position   Ht.   Wt.   Class   College 
 Ward Alexander  Evergreen FB Sr.  Alabama
 Paul Avant  Wetunpka E6-2 185Sr.  Georgia Tech
 Gene Beard  Tuscaloosa E Sr.  Alabama
 Evan Cummings  McAdory G5-10 195Sr.  Alabama
 Benny Dempsey  Brantley FB Sr.  
 Warren Fleming  Tuscaloosa HB5-9 151Sr.  Alabama
 Billy Gilbert  Dothan C5-10 190Sr.  Georgia
 Ramon Henderson  Murphy E6-1 190Sr.  Alabama
 Tommy Higgins  Tallassee T6-2 205Sr.  
 Bobby Jackson  Murphy QB6-1 170Sr.  Alabama
 Roy Johnston  Bessemer C5-11 180Sr.  Alabama
 Billy King  Luverne QB Sr.  Georgia Military Academy
 Harold Patterson  Verbena HB5-11 160Sr.  Scooba Junior College
 Roland Powell  Elba E6-2 185Sr.  
 Thomas Prescott  Elba T5-8 190Sr.  Alabama
 James Shaw  Holtville HB Sr.  Alabama
 Dave Sington  Shades Valley T6-2 235Sr.  Alabama
 Homer Smitherman  Thompson HB 165Sr.  Georgia
 Mead Stallings  Bibb County G5-10 180Sr.  Georgia Tech
 Wilbur Supple  Hayneville HB 175Sr.  Alabama
 Richard Taylor  Evergreen G 175Sr.  Alabama
 James Waltman  Murphy T5-10 220Sr.  Alabama
 Haywood Warrick  Selma G6-1 194Sr.  Auburn
 Danny Wilbanks  Tallassee FB 200Sr.  Alabama
 Billy Winford  Shades Valley G5-10 170Sr.  
 J.W. Woodall  Tallassee G5-11 200Sr.  Auburn

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