Briarwood duo named to Classic

Briarwood Christian School head football coach Fred Yancey and senior Wilson Whorton have been selected to participate in the 2010 Alabama-Mississippi Football Classic. (File Photo)

By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor

Briarwood Christian School senior Wilson Whorton has been selected to participate in the 2010 Alabama-Mississippi Football Classic all-star game featuring the top high school football players from each state.

Fred Yancey, in his 21st season as the Lions’ head coach, will serve as the head coach for the Alabama team in the Dec. 11 all-star game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Steve Bailey, director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, has announced the 40-member team selected by an AHSADCA committee from nominations submitted by Alabama High School Athletic Association member schools.

Whorton, a 6-foot, 170-pound kicker/wide receiver, has played a key role for Briarwood’s offensive and special teams units during his career at Briarwood.

Whorton has connected on 4-of-5 field-goal attempts this season, including a career-long 44 yard field goal. Whorton, who completed a pass for a 2-point conversion in the Lions’ 29-0 win over Erwin, has nailed 18-of-20 extra-point attempts this season and has accounted for a total of 30 points. Whorton has punted the ball 14 times for an average of 39.2 yards per punt, including six punts inside the opposing team’s 20-yard line.

Whorton also serves as the kickoff specialist and is averaging 56.6 yards per kickoff. Whorton has also caught two passes for 26 yards through the first six games of his senior season.

Whorton hit 4-of-7 field-goal attempts and nailed 33-of-36 extra-point attempts to account for a total of 45 points as a junior in 2009. Whorton punted the ball 30 times for an average of 35.5 yards per punt and had 55 kickoff attempts for an average of 52.9 yards per kickoff.

Whorton finished with two receptions for 20 yards as a junior.

Whorton and his Alabama teammates will attempt to extend their winning streak in the series to three games. Alabama holds a 16-7 edge in the series.

“We think our selection committee has once again put together a very good team,” Bailey said. “We know Mississippi will have a talented team. This Alabama squad is one of our most talented in the series. We have an excellent head coach in Briarwood Christian’s Fred Yancey. He has a good staff set to assist him.”

Yancey is currently 216-78-1 in his head-coaching career, including a 5-1 record this season. He has led the Lions to three state championships, including a Class 5A crown in 2003 and Class 3A titles in 1998 and 1999.