Former GHS standout named to all-star team
Published 2:56 pm Monday, July 15, 2013
Former Greenville High School standout Kent Riley has been selected to participate in the North-South All-Star football game.
The game is part of Alabama All-Star Sports Week competition in Montgomery, which began Monday.
Riley, who played quarterback and wide receiver for the Tigers, finished his senior campaign with 1,020 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns, while helping Greenville to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Email newsletter signup
Riley is hoping that his performance in the game will draw the attention of college recruiters.
“This game is what’s going to give the colleges a heads up about what kind of player I am,” Riley said. “I’m excited to play in this game.”
The 5-foot-11, 220-pound quarterback-turned-wide receiver said he hopes to attend a two-year college and then transfer to a four-year school.
Riley, who also took part in 9th annual Max Emfinger All-American Bowl in January, will be joined on the South squad former Greenville High School head coach Ben Blackmon.
In four seasons, Blackmon was 31-14 and led the Tigers to their first regional title since 1997.
Blackmon, now the head coach at Gulf Shores High School, will serve as an assistant coach on the South squad staff, along with Highland Home High School’s Tom Pinkston and Andalusia’s Brian Seymore. Beauregard High School head coach Smitty Grider will serve as the head coach.
The North won last year’s game 34-12, but the South holds a 29-23-2 edge in the series, which began in 1948. This year’s game will be played Thursday at 7 p.m. at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.