Minnesota All-Star Football Game highlights the best of the best in high school football
St. Cloud, MN (WDAY TV) - The list of names that have played in the Minnesota All-star football game over the years is impressive.
It includes NFL players like Eric Decker, James Laurinaitis, along with former Bison standouts Craig Dahl, Ramon Humber, and Billy Turner.
Today, another group of Minnesota prep standouts took the field at St. John's with dreams of one day landing on that list.
South was scoring at will early, but UND commit Deion Harris of Hibbing breaks up this pass in the end zone, to keep them out of the end zone.
South led 21-0 at the half, but a pair of locals fire up North in the 2nd half, Barnesville product Michael Strand makes a great open field tackle, he'll be a Dragon in the fall.
Later, it's Detroit Lakes Quarterback Michael Herzog going to the air for Carlton Djam of Totino-Grace for the touchdown.
Herzog passes for 2 more touchdowns, the next one going to his future Cobber teammate Chad Johnson from DGF.
Herzog wins the Offensive MVP for the north with 3 touchdown passes,but it wasn't enough.
South wins 37-22. UND commit Reid Taubenheim set a new all-star game record with a 52-yard field goal.
This week long camp gave the best players in Minnesota a chance to celebrate their careers and prepare for the next level. It all cumulated making life long memories in today's all-star game.
Michael Herzog – “My coach told me that it would be the most fun playing football my whole career. I kind of doubted him but it was a lot of fun.”
Deion Harris – “Getting to know all these guys it was great. All the personalities with these guys are just awesome. It was a fun time.”
How rewarding was it to be able to play in this game and celebrate your career and your accomplishments while in high school?
Michael Strand – “It was fun to be able to be named one of the better players in the state and to be in this game to play against all the other players. It's a great accomplishment and I’m proud.”
Herzog –“It was a really good reward midway through the summer. You work all summer, all spring, all off season and to play in June is something totally new.”
How can a game like this, a week like this prepare you for the next level?
Strand – “It's kind of like paying college because almost every single player is going on to playing college. The speed was maybe a little slower but it was good preparation.”
What are you most looking forward to beginning your college career in the fall?
Christian Triplett – “Just hanging out with the guys, playing some good hard nose football, enjoying the atmosphere and I'm going to kick some tail while I'm up there.”
This was the last time these players got to take the field as high school seniors. In a few weeks most of them will join their respective colleges on the field again, as freshmen.