WP's Lashley lands on all-star roster

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WILL NATIONS
Sports Reporter

On Wednesday morning, the West Point Green Wave learned it landed a senior on a postseason all-star football roster.
The Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and Mississippi Association of Coach (MAC) announced the three rosters for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star football game and the Bernard Blackwell All-Star, an intrastate all-star game between Mississippi’s north and south teams.
West Point’s Scott Lashley was announced to the Mississippi roster for the Miss.-Ala. Game. He is the first West Point player to participate in the game since Aeris Williams, a Mississippi State redshirt freshman running back, and Roger Thomas, a former Northwest Mississippi Community College football player, did so in 2013.
“It’s been a lot of excitement,” Lashley said. “Being picked for this roster is a humbling experience. I worked hard as an individual and with my teammates to achieve this recognition.”
Lashley, who is the biggest at 6-foot-7, 310 pounds, joins seven other sizable Mississippi o-linemen. Those players are Lafayette’s Elijah Johnson, Florence’s Gentle Williams, Germantown’s Arvin Fletcher, DeSoto Central’s Dareuan Parker, Southaven’s Cordell Birge, Jackson-Callaway’s Javious Bardney and Oak Grove’s Nick Vines.
“The competition will be great,” Lashley said. “Facing off against other Division I prospects is going to be a fun thing to do all week. Not trying to jinx it, but I think (Mississippi) has a good chance winning this year.”
For Mississippi to do that feat, it will have to overcome Alabama’s seven-game winning streak. However, home field advantage is on Mississippi’s side. It is the first time the game will be played inside the borders of Mississippi for the game’s 29-year history. With that in mind, the game has added a little extra to it, according to Lashley.
“It’s added a notch to our motivation,” Lashley said. “We’re going to grind and protect our territory.”
The all-star contest is set for noon on Saturday, Dec. 12 at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg.

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