Byford helps Alabama to All-Star Classic win

By Staff
Nick Johnston, Hartselle Enquirer
MOBILE – Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Florida, Notre Dame, and, of course, Nebraska.
Athletes were in abundance, many bound for major NCAA I Colleges, last Saturday night at the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic, and Hartselle's own Brett Byford was right in the thick of it.
He helped anchor an injury-ridden offensive line, as the Alabama stars won 24-16.
"I had a great week," Byford, who will be leaving for The University of Nebraska in the coming weeks, said. "I met a lot of people and made a lot of friends. I got better at football, too. I mean, this started helping me prepare for college."
Florida-bound Chad Jackson caught three touchdown passes, two from Jamarcus Russell and another from Kelcey Luck, heading to LSU and Auburn, respectively, and named MVP.
According to Byford, future stars took the field at Ladd-Peebles Stadium Saturday night.
"You step it up a lot when you play against players like this," he said. "They are way better than I have ever seen."
See BYFORD, B-4
Byford said he also learned a key aspect of playing on the offensive line.
"I got a lot better at pass blocking," he said. Laughing, he added, "I didn't have to do much of that at Hartselle."
Mississippi struck first, as back-up quarterback Keem Lofton plunged in from one-yard out.
The PAT failed, and Alabama took a 7-6 lead on a connection from Russell to Jackson.
Alabama added a field goal, but Mississippi responded just before halftime, as Lofton connected with Southern Miss-bound Chris Johnson.
Russell hit Jackson with an 18-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter, and added what proved to be the game-winning score with 7:46 remaining in the game. Luke connected with Jackson at the goal line, and Jackson walked into the end zone.
For Byford, he said it's time to begin summer vacation.
"I was down in Mobile the day after graduation getting ready for practice," he said. "I may wait a week to leave for Nebraska. I'm going to call out there and see if that's o.k."

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Priceville students design art for SRO’s police car 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Scott Stadthagen confirmed to University of West Alabama Board of Trustees 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle plans five major paving projects for 2024 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Future walking trail dubbed ‘Hartselle Hart Walk’ promotes heart health, downtown exploration 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Chiropractor accused of poisoning wife asks judge to recuse himself 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle seniors get early acceptance into pharmacy school  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Farmers market to open Saturday for 2024 season

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Challenger Matthew Frost unseats longtime Morgan Commissioner Don Stisher

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Cheers to 50 years  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Scott Stadthagen confirmed to University of West Alabama Board of Trustees 

Editor's picks

Hartselle graduate creates product for amputees 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Tigers roar in Athens soccer win

Danville

Local family raises Autism awareness through dirt racing  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Three Hartselle students named National Merit finalists  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan chief deputy graduates from FBI National Academy

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle students collect food for good cause 

Falkville

Falkville to hold town-wide yard sale next month

At a Glance

Danville man dies after vehicle leaves Hudson Memorial Bridge 

Editor's picks

Clif Knight, former Hartselle mayor, Enquirer writer, dies at 88

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle Utilities reminds community April is safe digging month 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Teen powerhouse invited to compete in international strongman event

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Azaleas: An Alabama beauty 

Decatur

Master Gardeners plant sale returns in April

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan leaders honored at annual banquet

x