Tallahatchie County resident Alex Threadgill and members of his family soon will be traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains, where he will play in an all-star football game.
Threadgill, 18, will participate in the Gatlinburg All-American Bowl in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Team practices will be held Dec. 17-18, followed by the game on Dec. 19 at Rocky Top Sports World there.
The bowl is billed as the premier post-season opportunity for private and home-schooled football players from across the nation to showcase their skills.
Coaches and players were nominated for the game. They were ultimately selected to play based on film and statistics.
Threadgill started playing football when he was in the fourth grade at Kirk Academy in Grenada. When he enrolled at Strider Academy near Charleston, he stepped up his game and as a ninth-grader was named MVP of the junior high team. After Strider closed, Threadgill enrolled as a sophomore at Bayou Academy in Cleveland.
Now a 6-6, 235-pound senior at Bayou, Threadgill is a decorated offensive and defensive lineman, receiving a variety of Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class 5A awards for his play in the trenches this past season.
After undergoing ACL and meniscus surgery following the sixth game of the 2019 season, Threadgill rehabbed and worked hard to maintain his athletic edge. This fall, he proved his full recovery by posting 36 tackles (13 for a loss), five sacks, one forced fumble, five deflections and one blocked kick during the 2020 season.
He also plays basketball and baseball and participates in track for the Bayou Colts. On the academic side, Threadgill has maintained an A average and takes dual credit courses.
Threadgill, the son of Jason and Wendy Pettit of Tillatoba and grandson of Linda Roberts of Cascilla and Bernice Pettit of Scobey, is “really excited” about the bowl, saying “it is a great honor.”
Anyone who would like to make a last-minute donation toward trip expenses may call his mom at 662-229-6327.