By Danny C. Davis
The Clinton High School Arrows will be well represented this year in the two Mississippi High School al-star football games held annually in December.
Arrow head football coach Judd Boswell has been selected to be the head coach for the Mississippi team in the annual Mississippi-Alabama All Star Classic, to be held at M.M. Roberts Stadium at the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg at noon on December 16. Boswell, who also serves as the Clinton High Athletic Director, is in his twelfth season as head football coach for the Arrows.
He led the Arrows to their first-ever then Class 6A football State Championship in 2016.
Arrow senior kicker/punter Hayden Wolfe has been selected as the kicker for the Mississippi All Stars. Wolfe has had a stellar season for the last two seasons as a kicker for the Arrows.
Also, Arrow senior defensive tackle T. J. Spann, along with Arrow senior manager Zach Willis, have been selected to participate in the annual Bernard Blackwell North –South All Star Football Classic for the North Squad to be held at Joseph Millner Stadium, Lindy Callahan Field in Gulfport, Mississippi. The game will be held Saturday December 9, with kickoff at 11:30 a.m. The year marks the 73rd year of the classic North-South all-star game.
Spann has been a three-year starter for the Arrows on the defensive line and a leading tackler the last three seasons for CHS.
“It is a huge honor to be appointed to be head coach for the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game and one we do not take lightly,” aid Boswell, who has served as an assistant for the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game three times.
“The game is like the first college experience for the guys,” said Boswell. “Everything is first class because of the way it is run – the practices, the meal plans and all the activities.”
“Also, it will be the guys’ first time to be away from home to prepare for a football game,” continued Boswell. “It will be their first college experience. It is run like a college practice, run like a college game, and played in a college football stadium.”
“They will stay at a nice hotel, practice twice a day, morning and afternoon, at Oak Grove High School stadium, and attend functions at night. “
“It is really a good experience for the guys,” he said. “It is like a college team’s bowl experience.”
Wolfe is excited about the game and its exposure.
“It is a huge opportunity and a huge blessing,” said Wolfe, who is also a starter on the back-to-back Class 6A state champion Clinton Arrow soccer team.
“There will be a lot of Division 1 College coaches there. It will be a college game and should be a lot of opportunities to kick. We’re excited about getting to play in this game,” said Wolfe.
Spann also is looking forward to the North- South game playing opportunity.
“I am very excited to have a chance to play in an all-star game against some of the best players in the state,” said Spann. “I want a chance to play college football and want to prove that against players at a high level.”
“We are very proud for Hayden and T. J. and their opportunity to play in these games,” said Boswell. “Hayden has done a great job for us kicking the past two years, and T. J. has been a top defensive lineman for three years for us.
“We are also glad to have Zach as one of our managers for the Mississippi-Alabama game. The managers do a lot a work behind the scenes and are an important part of the game.”
“We wish both Hayden and T. J. well in these all-star games,” said Boswell.