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By Will Nations
Hebron Christian senior Troy Arnold and Oak Hill senior Joseph Caskey have prepped for the MAIS All-Star Football Game at 4 p.m. today in Robinson-Hale Stadium on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton.
After both had outstanding seasons for their respective teams â€“ both squads making the postseason, Arnold and Caskey joined forces on Tuesday as members of the MAIS North All-Stars for a three-day training camp in the Jackson metro-area to get ready for one last game as high students.
Caskey called the opportunity to represent his school, football program and District 2-AA an honor that he has relished in recent weeks.
â€śI am extremely honored that they have accepted me for this honor,â€ť Caskey said. â€śIt is definitely going to be a fun experience.
â€śEveryone is going to be good when I am down there,â€ť Caskey added. â€śThere won't be any mediocre players. Everybody is going to want to play and have great talent. It will put you to the test.â€ť
Arnold is also excited to snap his chinstrap on for a final time to compete as a high schooler on Friday.
â€śIt's something different, but I am excited about this,â€ť Arnold said. â€śIf you're a competitor,this will let you know how you stack up against the best of the best. I am looking forward to it.â€ť
Caskey wrapped up a great career as a Raider with 55 total tackles, three sacks for a team-high loss of 27 yards and one forced fumble. The defensive lineman also carried a game-winning 31-yard rushing touchdown to defeat rival Winston Academy, 20-15, on Sept. 11 in West Point.
Including a District 2-AA first team recognition in his junior season, Caskey is hoping that his individual efforts along with his senior class leave a lasting benchmark on future Oak Hill Raiders.
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