Silliman’s Jozie Milton to play in all-star game _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Silliman's Jozie Milton

Silliman Institute hosts Ben’s Ford on Friday night in Clinton to close regular-season play in District 6-2A of the Mississippi Association for Independent Schools.

Everyone knows that South Carolina commitment Jozie Milton is one of the main attractions for the 7-2 Wildcats. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Milton will be the center of attention before the game begins.

Representatives for the Blue-Gray All-American all-star game will be on hand at Silliman’s 2:15 p.m. pep rally to extend an invitation to Milton.

He is scheduled to play in the Blue-Gray game Dec. 14 at Cowboys Stadium.

“There haven’t been a lot of kids from Louisiana who have played in this one,” Silliman coach T.J. Davis said. “The kids like (Kendell) Beckwith (of East Feliciana, now an LSU sophomore) have played in either the Under Armour or the U.S. Army game.

“This is a huge honor for Jozie and for our program. He’s planning to play in this one and in our (MAIS) all-star game. It’s good to have one of our players get this kind of exposure. Hopefully, this will lead to more players getting the chance to play in this game in the future.”

Milton has excelled as an offensive lineman/defensive lineman. He has been recruited by South Carolina as an offensive lineman, but for the Wildcats he has 81 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, seven sacks and six forced fumbles.

On offense, he has been credited with 28 pancake blocks.

Davis is reminding his team not to look past Bogalusa-based Ben’s Ford. A win will lock up a second-place finish in 6-2A behind traditional power Centreville Academy. It should also make Silliman the host team for a first-round MAIS playoff game next week.

“This was the year we thought we could challenge for the district title,” Davis said. “That didn’t happen for us. Now we have to focus on this game, and then hopefully on making a deep run in the playoffs.”