High school football players representing the South defeated the North squad 33-12 in the Minnesota Football Showcase on Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The game was the 46th annual MFCA Tackle Cancer All-Star Football Game and the third at U.S. Bank Stadium.
A game-record 89 different high schools were represented by the seniors who had one more opportunity to don their helmets and sport custom purple and white uniforms.
A pair of quick turnovers helped the South take a 12-0 lead despite having run just one offensive snap.
Mankato West linebacker Clay Herding recorded a 16-yard interception return touchdown on the third snap of the game for a 6-0 lead, and the South forced a fumble recovered by East Ridge linebacker Jack Mohler three plays later.
Eden Prairie quarterback Cole Kramer connected with East Ridge receiver Simon Stark for a 23-yard touchdown on the ensuing snap.
Owatonna running back Jason Williamson ran multiple plays out of the Wildcat and scored on a 1-yard touchdown before adding in a jump pass to Spring Grove tight end Ethan Matzke for a 2-point conversion and 20-0 lead.
The South turned another turnover into points late in the first half. The North advanced to the red zone and tried to trickery with a lateral for a receiver pass, but Rosemount defensive back Evan Geiwitz intercepted the ball near the goal line.
Minnetonka quarterback Aaron Syverson took a deep shot from the South 5-yard line and lofted a pass to Cretin-Derham Hall receiver Peter Udoibok, who caught the ball in stride at the 34 and had enough speed to go the distance for a 26-0 lead with 18 seconds left in the first half.
Udoibok started the second half with a 35-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Kramer for a 33-0 lead with 11:30 left in the third quarter. Udoibok did his purple 84 jersey justice by high-pointing the jump ball a la Randy Moss.
The North got on the board with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Breck quarterback David Roddy to Treyton Welch with 6:22 left in the third quarter.
Roddy added another 9-yard scoring strike on a pass to Sauk Rapids-Rice receiver Braden Tretter with 8:44 left in the fourth quarter.
The day included appearances by Vikings receiver Brandon Zylstra, who played in the All-Star game in 2011, and safety Anthony Harris, as well as a youth football clinic and Madden ’19 tournament.
The game capped a high school season that featured five games at the Vikings headquarters, Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, and multiple playoff games at U.S. Bank Stadium.