Air National Guard Bernard Blackwell North All-Star's Feature Big Quarterbacks

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -Ridgeland's Kenny Burton is the head coach of the North All-Stars, a team composed of 40 young men with loads of talent.

That talent begins with 6-3, 235 pound Itawamba quarterback Maikhail Miller and 6-4, 230 pound Southaven quarterback Dominque Harris.

"They're two great big kids, " Burton said with a smile. "It's exciting to have these kids playing for us."

Miller is a solid verbal commitment to Ole Miss. He has the size and leadership abilities to become a very good college quarterback. He says he loves Rebels head coach Houston Nutt.

"It's so close to home for me and just the opportunity for me to play there is pretty good. " Miller said. "I get an earlier time to play."@

Harris will use this game to enhance his chances of receiving a major college scholarship offer. So far he says Memphis and Mississippi State has shown some interest.

Harris says he didn't begin playing quarterback until right before high school.

"It started off 8th grade, " Harris explained.  " was playing receiver and we had a quarterback, everybody was getting onto him because he wasn't making the right throws. So everybody say give it a try so I gave it a try. From there that's when it happened."@

6-1, 280 pound center Austin Douglas expects a win on Saturday. He should, that's because he hardly tasted the agony of defeat as a member of the South Panola football factory.

However, Douglas says because of his so called lack of height at 6-1, Division One colleges have offered.

Douglass said, "I don't know that's what they say. I think it should be depending more on the heart of a guy then his height, you know, anything like that."

A solid performance by Douglas this week in practice and in the game on Saturday could change the minds of some head coaches

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