Two players and a coach will represent Central High at today's 26th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.
Linebacker Derek King and offensive lineman Cameron Fraser will play in the game, while Red Devils coach Woodrow Lowe will serve as the Alabama team's wide receivers coach.
Fraser said that he was thrilled to be able to not just play in the game, but also have a teammate and head coach there with him.
"It's great that one of my teammates was able to make it," he said. "And then to have my head coach there to push me when I need it, it's great."
Fraser was a late bloomer for Central and has only played two full seasons for the team. He said that it was a blessing to be able to make it to this game, be recognized as one of the top players at his position and also already be committed to play at the University of South Florida.
"It's just a blessing," he said. "I've done this in only two years. To know that, I know there's a lot left out there. There's a lot more I can do."
The senior lineman said that, while he's out there to enjoy the game and the atmosphere, he's also always looking to win.
"I want to play one of my best games," Fraser said. "I'm going to enjoy it and take it all in, but I'm also out there looking to win."
Fraser and King were part of a Central team that finished the season 7-4, losing in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs to Spain Park High. Despite the early exit and less-than-stellar overall record, Central had opportunities to win its region and, perhaps, fare better in the postseason.
Its region was among the most difficult in the state of Alabama. Central finished fourth in the region behind Auburn, Carver-Montgomery and Opelika, all three of which advanced to the state quarterfinals. Two (Carver and Opelika) played in the semifinals, and Opelika lost to Hoover in the state championship game.
Alabama has won the All-Star game in four consecutive years and 18 of 25 overall. The game will be broadcast at 1 p.m. on WTVM.