USA's Hancock Whitney Stadium to host North-South All-Star Football Classic

2020 kickoff set for Dec. 18 in 25,000-seat home of the Jaguars

AHSAA.com
Posted 10/16/20

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The AHSAA’s oldest all-star game has found a new home. The 62nd annual North-South All-Star Football Classic will be played at the University of South Alabama’s …

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USA's Hancock Whitney Stadium to host North-South All-Star Football Classic

2020 kickoff set for Dec. 18 in 25,000-seat home of the Jaguars

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The AHSAA’s oldest all-star game has found a new home. The 62nd annual North-South All-Star Football Classic will be played at the University of South Alabama’s Hancock Whitney Stadium December 18 in Mobile, announced Jamie Lee,  Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Friday. The 25,000-seat stadium which opened this season, is the home of the USA Jaguars.

      “We are thankful for the City (and County) of Mobile, the Mobile Sports Authority and the University of South Alabama for their interest and support of one of our premiere events,” said Lee. “Several cities showed interest in the event but Mobile rose above them all in order to support our student-athletes and coaches. We look forward to partnering with them the next three years.”

     The contract is a three-year agreement including 2020, 2021 and 2022.

     Mobile was home to the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic from 1988 to 2010.  AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said he knows firsthand what a great experience Mobile created for that contest.

      “I am glad to see our North-South Game moving to Mobile,” he said. “I coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and saw firsthand what a great experience it was for the players and coaches. Our teams will have the opportunity to play in South Alabama’s brand-new Hancock Whitney Stadium. I know the City (and County) of Mobile, the Mobile Sports Authority and the University of South Alabama will provide a great experience for our North-South Game.”

       Savarese and Lee said the AHSAA and AHSADCA appreciate the interest and commitment shown by the City (and County leaders) of Mobile, USA, and the Mobile Sports Authority.

       “We are honored to host the North-South All-Star game at Hancock Whitney Stadium on the campus of the University of South Alabama,” said USA Director of Athletics Dr. Joel Erdmann. “We owe a special thank you to Danny Corte, the Mobile Sports Authority and others that made this a reality, and to the AHSAA for the opportunity.  This is truly a team effort by and for our community.”

    Corte, the executive director of the Mobile Sports Authority, is also excited about bringing the North-South Game to Mobile.

    “We at the Mobile Sports Authority, with the backing of both the City and County of Mobile, are fired up to be co-hosting the North-South All-Star Football Game (with the AHSAA) for the next three years at the new Hancock Whitney Stadium on the University of South Alabama campus,” Corte said. “I want to thank the Alabama High School Athletic Association for the confidence they’ve shown in us to host one of their signature annual events. I also want to especially thank Joel Erdmann and the University of South Alabama for partnering with us along with the Mobile County Public School System and Visit Mobile. Our entire team is looking forward to creating a great experience in Mobile for the young athletes and their families and fans.”   

       The AHSADCA, which operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) manages the North-South All-Star game annually which pits two 37-member teams comprised of current seniors. The South holds a 31-27-2 led in the series.

     The North-South Classic got its start in Tuscaloosa in 1948. It was played yearly through 1984. It was discontinued from 1985-1996 and brought back in 1997 as part of the AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Sports Week. It was played at Cramton Bowl from 1997-2004, then moved to December and played at Troy University’s Veterans Stadium for two years in 2004 and 2005; moved to Alabama A&M University (2007-2010) and was returned to July when the AHSAA Summer Conference relocated to Huntsville due to renovations in Montgomery. The North-South game returned to Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl when the Summer Conference returned to the Capital City in 2011 and has been played there every year since.

     The 61st game was cancelled due to COVID 19 concerns this past summer. The 62nd game was scheduled to be moved to December beginning this year.

     Some of the state’s top high school, college and professional football standouts have played in the North-South Game – including Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan (1968), Auburn All-America receiver Terry Beasley (1968), Green Bay Packers great Bart Starr (1952), and Alabama All-America linebacker and NFL All-Pro Cornelius Bennett grabbed MVP honors in the 1983 game. Decatur High School teammates Joe Brewer and Bobby Golden earned MVP honors in the first game played in 1948.

     Kickoff is set for Friday, December 18 at 7 p.m. WOTM TV and executive producer Vince Earley will televise the game over the AHSAA TV Network and live-stream over the NFHS Network.

     The teams for the upcoming North-South All-Star Football Classic are expected to be announced next week.

     The complete year-by-year history of the North-South series is listed below.

NORTH-SOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-STAR

CLASSIC YEAR-BY-YEAR (1948-2019)

(Overall Series: South leads 31-27-2)

At Hancock Whitney Stadium, Mobile (University of South Alabama)

2020—North vs. South, December 18, 7 p.m.

At Cramton Bowl, Montgomery

2020—Summer game canceled due to COVID 19

2019—South 22, North 19

2018—North 27, South 14

2017—North 14, South 13

2016—North 14, South 0 (shortened by weather)

2015—North 14, South 13

2014—South 20, North 12

2013—South 22, North 21

2012—North 34, South 12

2010—North 14, South 7

2011—South 37, North 33

Alabama A&M, Huntsville

2010—North 14, South 7

2009—North 14, South 7

2008—South 12, North 0

2007—South 10, North 0

At Troy University

2005—(December) – South 16, North 7

2004— (December) – North 7, South 3

At All-Star Sports Week

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery

2004—North 17, South 7

2003—South 17, North 10

2002—South 34, North 0

2001—North 6, South 3

2000—North 17, South 0

1999—South 10, North 7

1998—South 21, North 0

1997—South 14, North 0

At Auburn

Jordan-Hare Stadium

1984—North 21, South 20 (1A-2A)

At Tuscaloosa

Bryant-Denny Stadium

1984—South 7, North 6 (3A-4A)

1983—South 34, North 7

1982—North 3, South 0

1981—North 14, South 6

1980—South 20, North 7

1979—South 3, North 0

1978—South 21, North 14

1977—South 17, North 7

1976—South 14, North 6

1975—North 7, South 6

1973—North 22, South 15

1972—South 14, North 13

1971—North 9, South 7

1970—South 13, North 9

1969—South 16, North 0

1968—South 27, North 7

1967—South 14, North 10

1966—North 13, South 7

1965—North 13, South 6

1964—South 34, North 7

1963—North 20, South 6

1962—South 20, North 14

1961—South 13, North 0

1960—North 7, South 0

1959—North 10, South 7

1958—South 20, North 6

1957—North 12, South 7

1956—South 0, North 0 (tie)

1955—North 26, South 7

1954—North 7, South 6

1953—South 26, North 0

1952—North 7, South 7 (tie)

1951—South 31, North 0

1950—South 12, North 7

1949—North 7, South 6

1948—North 33, South 0