Prep notebook: Oxford’s Mahaffey lands bid to all-star game
by Brandon Miller
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Oxford High defensive end Derek Mahaffey isn’t done with his high school career quite yet.

The senior was chosen to play in the Diamond in the Rough Game, which is part of Offense-Defense All-American Bowl lineup. The game will be played Jan. 4, 2014, at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Mahaffey was chosen after highlights from his senior year were sent to the game organizers, and they decided Mahaffey made the cut.

Oxford coach Ryan Herring said Mahaffey was the Yellow Jackets’ most improved defensive player this season.

“At first, we didn’t know what position he should be in and he ended up working himself into being a really good defensive end for us,” Herring said.

The Diamond in the Rough Game gives high school seniors with collegiate talent a chance to show college scouts what they have to offer.

“I think it can be a real good thing if you go in and have a great showing. It really could help when it comes to the next level,” Herring said.

WINNING RECORDS: Saks is working toward breaking another record in what already has become a historic season. The most recent record to be challenged is most wins in a season.

Last Friday night’s 20-14 win over Colbert County put Saks at 13-0 on the year, with 13 wins tying the same total as the 1996 team, which set its mark in a year in which it reached the state finals.

A win Friday night against Madison Academy would advance the Wildcats to the state championship game and give the them the record-breaking 14 wins.

In addition, it would keep Saks on pace for a possible first state championship in foobtall.

For Munford, it would take a state championship to break the record for most all-time wins. In 1992, the Lions fell in the Class 4A state title game, winning 13 games that year.

Munford sits at 12 wins with a semifinal game against Oneonta next on the schedule.

If Munford is able to exceed the 1992 win total, it will have won its first football state championship in school history as well. The Lions are tied for the second most wins in a season, with the 1989 team having won 12 games, too.

PIEDMONT STARS FACE OFF: When former Piedmont stars Jamie Major and Austin Bishop signed their National Letters of Intent last February, they probably didn’t realize they might face off on opposite sides in college.

Major signed with Samford and Bishop cast his lot with Jacksonville State. Their teams will play Saturday in the FCS playoffs.

Although neither freshman gets much playing time, another former Piedmont player does. Junior safety Jamaal Johnson has recorded 21 tackles this season for the Gamecocks.

The Piedmont reunion Saturday will kick off at 7 p.m. at Snow-Burgess Field.

GOING ACCORDING TO FORM: The Class 3A north playoff bracket came together like every bracket should.

Third-ranked Saks faces top-ranked Madison Academy at home Friday night, and both teams are fresh off defeating the other team’s region runner-up, which is pretty interesting.

Saks defeated Piedmont during the regular season by 25 points and Colbert County in the quarterfinals last week by six. Madison Academy defeated Colbert County during the regular season by 27 points and Piedmont in the quarterfinals by one point in overtime.

So, what does that mean? There should be an awfully intense game Friday night at Jack Stewart Field.

HOLIDAY HOOPS: If you’re in the mood for holiday hoops, the Thanksgiving tournament at Gadsden State-Cherokee has already been underway for two days and will pick back up tomorrow.

Of local interest, the Alexandria, Jacksonville, Piedmont and Cherokee County girls teams are participating in the tournament.

Alexandria, Piedmont and Cherokee County each lost Tuesday.

Friday’s game will start at 10 a.m. with games scheduled every hour and 40 minutes apart. The championship is scheduled to tip-off at 6:20.

Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star

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