64th AutoZone Liberty Bowl

December 28, 2022 - 4:30 PM CST

 

 
20th Annual
AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game
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Saturday, December 10, 2022 - Kickoff 2:30 P.M. - Memphis University School
 

2022 Game Recap:
Offensive line, Germantown quarterback shine in all-star victory
By: John Varlas

There could only be one most valuable player at AutoZone Liberty Bowl high school all-star game. And while Isaiah Tate was certainly deserving, the trophy could have easily been split five ways.

Tate, from Germantown, threw for two touchdown passes and ran for a third as the Red team defeated the Blue, 24-10, in the annual end to the high school football season at Memphis University School’s Stokes Stadium. Tate is headed to North Alabama to play his college football and when he gets there, he’ll be lucky if he gets the line play that he and his teammates received Saturday.

Relying primarily on Misan Sisk of MASE, Germantown’s Milton Grant, Walker Hawkins of St. George’s, Bartlett’s Hayden Edge and Clarence Livingston of Fairley, the Red established their domination up front early. They marched 80 yards in 16 plays to open the scoring — taking nearly 10 minutes off the clock — and followed with a 15-play, 77-yard march.

Tate did the honors on the first one, scoring on a 24-yard keeper. He then found Houston’s Alex Desarzant from a yard out to make it 14-0 before the Blue team had even managed a first down.

“It was great,” said Tate. “We all got together over four days (of practice) and just the way they played. It shows how smart they are to put up a game like this in a short amount of time. (The line) was wonderful; they gave me all the time I needed.”

Perhaps it wasn’t surprising the Red team’s o-line stood out. Their coach, Houston’s James Thomas, is himself a former offensive lineman. And he brought along his assistant, former University of Memphis line coach Vance Vice, to help mold the unit in the day’s leading up to the 20th edition of the game.

It worked like a charm.

“None of us knew each other but we clicked immediately,” said Edge. “We’ve got a hard-working center (Hawkins) who’s smart and he was telling us what to do every single play. When we did it back-to-back (put together a long scoring drive) you could tell. 

“At first they (the Blue) team were excited but after we scored on them once and then twice, you could tell they were dreading to come on the field.”

The line play was also a boon for running backs like Taliko Russell. Coming from a small, Class 1A school at Bluff City he stood out on the big stage, picking up key yards on the ground and also hauling in a pass from Houston’s Triston Lurry that set up a 40-yard field goal by Mr. Football winner Oziel Hernandez of Germantown that gave Red a 17-3 halftime lead.

“Throughout the season, I just depended on myself out there,” Russell said. “My mindset was to go big or go home and I loved it. I never had a line like this.”

With all-star game rules preventing rushing on field-goal attempts, Thomas sent Hernandez on to attempt a 54-yarder in the third. He was a short and Briarcrest’s Reed Linder, who was stationed in the end zone, alertly returned it 109 yards the other way. The longest play in all-star game history made it 17-10 and Northpoint coach Tyler Gold’s squad had seemingly seized the momentum.

But Red quickly regained control as Tate zipped a 67-yard pass over the middle to Bartlett’s Deshaun Catron. Catron and the Panthers eliminated Tate’s Red Devils in the Class 6A quarterfinals three weeks ago and the quarterback said it was good to have Catron on his team this time.

That sentiment went double for Thomas.

“The guys executed really well,” he said. “We were able to run the ball and hit some passes too. We were pretty balanced and any time Isaiah Tate had the ball in his hands, it was electric. I told him all week, ‘I’m glad you’re with us and not against us.’ And he really is a great kid, a pleasure to be around.”

The Red team leads the all-time series, 11-9.


 
Rosters Loaded with Talent for
20th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl
High School All-Star Game

Five Mr. Football Semi-Finalists Among All-Stars

The 20th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game presented by ARS/Rescue Rooter and Conway Services and the Tennessee Highway Safety Office will feature the top senior players from Shelby County Schools, municipal schools and private schools in the Memphis area. Each player was selected on the basis of his character, his on and off-field achievements and his classroom performance.

A total of 88 players (44 on each team), representing 54 different area high schools were selected for the All-Star Game.

Five semi-finalists for the state of Tennessee’s Mr. Football Awards are among this year’s All-Star Game participants: Blue Team – running back Braxton Sharp (Munford HS), linebacker Max Carroll (Briarcrest Christian School), quarterback Brock Glenn (Lausanne Collegiate School), kicker/punter Max Gilbert (Lausanne Collegiate School); Red Team – kicker/punter Oziel Hernandez (Germantown HS).

James Thomas, the head coach at Houston High School, will coach the Red Team and Northpoint Christian School head coach Tyler Gold will lead the Blue Team.

“With these two outstanding head coaches leading the teams and the abundance of talent that will be featured in the game, we will continue the tradition of excellence the All-Star Game has established over the past two decades,” said Steve Ehrhart, Executive Director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

The All-Star Game will be played Saturday, December 10 at Memphis University School. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10, for kids 6 and under the cost is $5. Tickets may be purchased through the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ticket office by calling 795-7700.

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Red Team Roster

Number First  Last  School  Position 
1 Triston Lurry Houston WR
2 QuaTavious Gatewood Overton QB
3 Deshaun Catron Bartlett WR
4 Kyrrae Franklin Germantown WR
5 Taliko Russell Bluff City RB
6 Brady Weatherly Houston LB
7 Braylen Ragland Bartlett QB
8 Isaiah Tate Germantown QB
9 Rahmaan Rinkin Bartlett DB
10 Gino Segree Melrose RB
11 Christopher Westbrook MLK College Prep LB
12 Braylon Cato Fayette-Ware RB
13 JaCorien Love Sheffield DL
14 Oziel Hernandez Germantown K/P
15 Jalen Terry Brighton DB
16 Halleluyah Williamson East WR
17 Blake Oswell Harding Academy LB
18 Alex Desarzant Houston WR
19 Keshun Parker Fairley LB
20 Mariel Bolden BTW LB
21 Malcolm Shaw MUS DB
22 Jake Pennington FACS RB
23 Ricky Isom Central DB
24 Brayden Chubb MUS LB
25 Marvin Warren Trezevant DL
29 Nicolas Brooks Hillcrest DB
33 Antonio Adams St. Benedict RB
34 Stryker Aitken MUS LB
38 Muhammad Sowe Kingsbury DB
41 Gabriel McKenzie MBA DB
48 Devondre Collins Cordova DB
50 Clarence Livingston Fairley OL
54 Kristian Miller MASE DL
57 Xander Carroll ECS DB
61 Andre Boyce Hamilton DL
66 Jaquavious Payne Germantown DL
67 Luke Needham Houston OL
68 Walker Hawkins St. George's OL
70 Camillo Wilson Melrose DL
71 Jacourion Tolbert Ridgeway DL
74 Kemeron Henson Fairley DL
76 Milton Grant Germantown OL
77 Hayden Edge Bartlett OL
78 Nickolas Matthews MUS OL
79 Caleb Powell Ridgeway OL
80 Matthew Parker Brighton DL
 
Red Team Coaching Staff First Name Last Name High School
Head Coach James Thomas Houston
Asst Coach Fred Copeland Fairley
Asst Coach Mitch McDaniel FACS
Asst Coach Joey Magnifico St. Benedict
Asst Coach Keith Setler Cordova

Blue Team Roster

Number  First  Last  School  Position 
1 Braxton Sharp Munford RB
2 Trutez Taylor Mitchell WR
3 Max Carroll Briarcrest LB
4 Aden Curry Bolton WR
5 Darryon Taylor Southwind WR
6 Ellis Fullen Tipton-Rosemark WR
7 Kayvon Henderson PURE Academy DL
8 DeMario Smith Whitehaven DB
9 Noah Flaskamp Collierville WR
10 Reed Linder Briarcrest WR
11 Brock Glenn Lausanne QB
12 Amir Long Bolton LB
13 Konner Mains Fayette Academy LB
14 Daveon McVay Craigmont DB
15 Gregory Martin Oakhaven DB
16 Jack McLaughlin CBHS QB
17 Warren Morris Jr. KIPP Collegiate DB
18 Jayden Brooks Raleigh Egypt DB
19 Greg Mangle White Station DB
20 Jordan Batts Arlington DB
21 Carter Wood Arlington LB
22 Ahmad Miller Whitehaven RB
23 Jackson Hair Arlington RB
24 Jaavonntaye Jones Manassas DB
25 Joseph Jackson Kirby DB
33 Gyasi Wallace Collierville LB
35 Max Gilbert Lausanne K/P
44 Octavius Walker Middle College LB
45 Drew  Scott Lausanne LB
47 Zane Beard CBHS LB
50 Luke Wilemon CBHS OL
51 Ian Robinson Covington OL
52 Whitten Epps Northpoint Christian DL
55 Cortland Morris Craigmont DL
59 Dana Williams Northpoint Christian DL
63 Macterrion Morris Douglass OL
64 Taylor Burton Whitehaven OL
66 Jeremiah Temple-Dowdy Millington Central OL
67 Jaden McKinney Collierville OL
72 Martez Curry Freedom Prep DL
73 Tyler Bell Lausanne OL
75 Nate Bledsoe Briarcrest OL
76 Zach Green Briarcrest OL
93 Sam Hultz Collierville DL

Blue Team Coaching Staff First Name Last Name High School
Head Coach Tyler Gold Northpoint Christian
Asst Coach Rodney  Saulsberry Whitehaven
Asst Coach Joe Rocconi Collierville
Asst Coach CJ Marshall Bolton
Asst Coach Tommy Miller Arlington
Asst Coach Slade  Calhoun Munford

 


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James Thomas and Tyler Gold, two outstanding head coaches in the Memphis area, will lead the teams in the 20th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game presented by ARS/Rescue Rooter and Conway Services and the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.
 
Thomas, the head coach at Houston High School, will coach the Red Team. Gold, the head coach at Northpoint Christian School, will coach the Blue Team. The All-Star Game will feature the top senior players from Shelby County Schools, municipal schools and private schools in the Memphis area.
 
The game will be played on Saturday, December 10 at Memphis University School. Kickoff is at 2:30 pm. Tickets cost $10, for kids 6 and under the cost is $5.
 
“This is a special year for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game as we celebrate the game’s 20th Anniversary. After two decades, the All-Star Game has become a tradition and one of the marquee events for local high school players and coaches,” said AutoZone Liberty Bowl Executive Director Steve Ehrhart. “With two outstanding coaches leading the teams, we will continue the tradition of excellence the All-Star Game has created over these many years.”
 
James Thomas is in his fifth year as head coach at Houston High School. He has a career record of 37-14, including a 13-1 record in 2019 when the Mustangs reached the semi-finals of the State Playoffs. Thomas has served as an assistant coach in the All-Star Game three previous years. 
 
“The AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game provides a great opportunity to showcase the abundance of talent in the Memphis area,” said Thomas. “It gives the selected senior players one last opportunity to cap off their high school football careers with a win. It’s a great way to kick off the December activities for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.” 
 
Tyler Gold is in his 10th season as a head coach. He led the football program at Evangelical Christian School in Ft. Myers, FL for six seasons (2013-2018). He is now in his fourth season as head coach at Northpoint Christian School in Southaven, MS after taking over the program in 2019. Gold served as an assistant coach in the All-Star Game last year.
 
“The AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game gives the fans an opportunity to see local talent they may not have seen,” said Gold. “Because of the exposure the All-Star Game has created over the past years, there has been an increase in the appreciation for the overall talent that the Memphis area has at all levels.”
 
The All-Star teams will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of area head coaches and other football analysts. Each player must have the recommendation of his head coach and will be selected on the basis of his character, on-field achievement and classroom performance.
 
Player nominations must be submitted to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl by Friday, November 4.      

Red Team Coaches:                            Blue Team Coaches:

(HC) James Thomas - Houston H.S.     (HC) Tyler Gold - Northpoint Christian School

Frederick Copeland - Fairley H.S.          Joe Rocconi - Collierville H.S.

Joey Magnifico - St. Benedict                 CJ Marshall - Bolton H.S.

Mitch McDaniel - FACS                          Rodney Saulsberry - Whitehaven H.S.

Derrick Bobo - Melrose H.S.                   Slade Calhoun - Munford H.S.

Keith Setler - Cordova H.S.                    Tommy Miller - Arlington H.S.


The 20th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game will be played Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 2:30 PM at Memphis University School. The game will be broadcast on radio by Sports 56/87.7 FM. 

Each year, several all-star game participants sign a national letter of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level. Here's how many all-star game alumni have signed a national letter of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level:

Class of 2022 (2021 All-Star Game) - 48

Class of 2021 (2020 HS Football Showcase) - 44

Class of 2020 (2019 All-Star Game) - 44 

Class of 2019 (2018 All-Star Game) - 53 (record)

Class of 2018 (2017 All-Star Game) - 50 

Class of 2017 (2016 All-Star Game) - 20

Class of 2016 (2015 All-Star Game) - 20

Class of 2015 (2014 All-Star Game) - 38

Class of 2014 (2013 All-Star Game) - 33

Class of 2013 (2012 All-Star Game) - 46 

Class of 2012 (2011 All-Star Game) - 34

Class of 2011 (2010 All-Star Game) - 12

Class of 2010 (2009 All-Star Game) - 30

University of Memphis standout defensive lineman Dontari Poe, whose outstanding performance at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine led him to be drafted in the 1st round by the Kansas City Chiefs, played in the 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game. At the NFL combine, Poe (a product of Wooddale High School) had the highest number of bench press reps of any player (44). He also ran a 4.98 in the 40-yard dash which is quite impressive for a 6’4”, 346 lbs defensive lineman. Poe is one of the top defensive tackles in the NFL and was selected to play in the 2013 & 2014 Pro Bowl games.

O.C. Brown, the focal point of the 2012 Academy Award-winning documentary "Undefeated," participated in the 2009 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game following a successful prep career at Manassas High School. Brown, who originally signed with Southern Miss, transferred to Austin Peay State University in the spring of 2012.

H.R. Greer, a standout fullback from SBEC, received very little attention from college recruiters before participating in the 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game. However, his performance in front of college coaches during the all-star game enabled him to earn a full scholarship to play at Ole Miss. Greer capped off his career with by being part of the senior class that helped the Rebels get back to the postseason.

During the 2010 NFL Draft, University of Tennessee standout defensive tackle Dan Williams was selected in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals (26th overall pick). Williams participated in the 2004 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game after a successful prep career at East High School.

In 2009, University of Kentucky standout defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon was selected in the third round of the NFL Supplemental Draft by the Washington Redskins. Jarmon, a standout at Houston High School, participated in the 2004 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game. Jarmon also participated in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl as a key member of a Kentucky team that defeated ECU in the 50th Anniversary game. 

 
Inaugural All-Star Game
Final Score: Blue 14, Red 9
December 14, 2002
Head Coaches:
Ken Netherland - Germantown HS (Red)
Al Cate - Central HS (Blue)

 

2nd Annual All-Star Game
Final Score: Blue 7, Red 6
December 13, 2003
Head Coaches:
Maurice Harris - Whitehaven HS (Red)
Wayne Randall - East HS (Blue) 

 

3rd Annual All-Star Game
 Final Score: Red 17, Blue 10
December 11, 2004
Head Coaches:
Terry Ryan - Frayser HS (Red)
Kevin Locastro - CBHS (Blue)

 

4th Annual All-Star Game
 Final Score: Red 14, Blue 7
December 10, 2005
Head Coaches:
Major Wright - White Station HS (Red)
Duron Sutton - Kingsbury HS (Blue) 

 

5th Annual All-Star Game
 Final Score: Red 14, Blue 13
December 9, 2006
Head Coaches:
Tim Haney - Houston HS (Red)
John Cooley - Ridgeway HS (Blue)

 

6th Annual All-Star Game
 Final Score: Blue 24, Red 13
December 15, 2007
Head Coaches:
Rodney Saulsberry - Whitehaven HS (Red)
Jim Heinz - ECS (Blue)

 

7th Annual All-Star Game
 Final Score: Red 14, Blue 0
December 13, 2008
Head Coaches:
Stan Collins - Whitehaven HS (Red)
Tommy Harrison - Millington HS (Blue)

 

8th Annual All-Star Game
 Final Score: Blue 18, Red 14
December 12, 2009
Head Coaches:
Nathan Cole - Mitchell HS (Red)
Charlie White - Germantown HS (Blue)

 

9th Annual All-Star Game
 Final Score: Red 17, Blue 14
December 11, 2010
Head Coaches:
Rahnmann Slocum - Fairley HS (Red)
Robert Armbruster - Bartlett HS (Blue) 

 

10th Annual All-Star Game
 Final Score: Red 14, Blue 7
December 10, 2011
Head Coaches:
Devin Rutherford - White Station HS (Red)
Earl Lester - Kingsbury HS (Blue)

 

11th Annual All-Star Game
 Final Score: Blue 58, Red 49
December 8, 2012
Head Coaches:
Marcus Wimberly - East HS (Red)
Chris Wiley - Arlington HS (Blue) 

 

 
12th Annual All-Star Game
 Final Score: Blue 43, Red 38
December 14, 2013
Head Coaches:
Lynord Crutchfield - Central HS (Red)
Chris Michael - Millington HS (Blue)

 

13th Annual All-Star Game
 Final Score: Blue 45, Red 39
December 13, 2014
Head Coaches:
Robby Donaldson - FACS (Red)
Cecil VanHooks - Craigmont HS (Blue)

 

 
14th Annual All-Star Game
 Final Score: Red 18, Blue 14
 December 12, 2015
 Head Coaches:
 Glenn Rogers, Sr. - South Side (Red)
 Tom Nix - CBHS (Blue)

 

15th Annual All-Star Game
Final Score: Blue 10, Red 3
December 10, 2016
Head Coaches:
Joe Rocconi - White Station (Red)
Anthony Jones - Cordova (Blue)

 

16th Annual All-Star Game
Final Score: Red 31, Blue 28
December 9, 2017
Head Coaches:
Jerome Griffin - Wooddale (Red)
David Carter - St. George's  (Blue)

 

17th Annual All-Star Game
Final Score: Red 13, Blue 2
December 8, 2018
Head Coaches:
Johnny Allen - Harding Academy (Red)
Carl Coleman - Manassas  (Blue)

 

18th Annual All-Star Game
Final Score: Red 14, Blue 10
December 14, 2019
Head Coaches:
Gene Robinson - Fairley (Red)
Preston Harris - Douglass (Blue)

 

19th Annual All-Star Game
Final Score: Red 0, Blue 37
December 11, 2021
Head Coaches:
Quinton Jones - Kingsbury (Red)
Brian Stewart - Briarcrest (Blue)

 
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