Hines, Ware of SHS to play in Blackwell Classic

Jalen Ware
Cameron Hines
Staff Writer

Cameron Hines and Jalen Ware were virtually unknowns on the Starkville High School football team at the beginning of the season.

Through hard work and determination, the pair of Yellowjackets can now call themselves All-Stars.

Hines and Ware will represent SHS on Saturday at the 69th annual Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Classic in Gulfport. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. at Joseph Milner Stadium-Lindy Callahan Field.

Through the help of Hines and Ware, the Jackets were able to reach the Class 6A State championship game under first-year coach Chris Jones.

“They both played a major role in us having a whole lot of success this year with one on the offensive side and one on the defensive side,” Jones said. “They both made a lot of plays. I feel like they both made a lot of plays unexpectedly because they didn’t have a whole lot of success last year. They caught a lot of people off guard and flew under the radar, but at the end of the day, I’m a firm believer that the cream rises to the top and both of them ended up having pretty good senior seasons.”

At wide receiver, Hines had 70 catches for 917 yards and 12 touchdowns for SHS.

Hines is thankful to God and his coach for the opportunity he had with the Jackets.

“It was the grace of God,” Hines said during the season. “It’s a big blessing as well as coach Jones just giving me a chance. My main offseason goal was to become a team leader and a big asset to the offense.”
Ware had 74 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss, two interceptions and one fumble recovery from his defensive back position.

“I had to step up,” Ware said. “We needed a leader on defense and I had to do that personally.”

General admission tickets for the Bernard Blackwell Classic are $10 per person at the gate with all seats general admission. This will be the ninth consecutive year the game will be held on the Gulf Coast.
Jones plans to attend the game to support his players.

“I’m going to go down and watch them play Saturday and watch their last high school football game,” Jones said. “I wish them well.”

The game will be televised by Mississippi Public Broadcasting, including Mississippi State's WMAB-DT Channel 2.