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Herzog plays in second All-Star game

DETROIT LAKES - Those who follow the high school career of Detroit Lakes' linebacker Josh Herzog would swear it was fall with the way he's been logging hours on the football field this summer.

That's because the Concordia College recruit has had the privilege to play in All-Star football games in two states.

Herzog played defensive end on the Outstate team in the Minnesota High School All-Star football game June 28 in St. Cloud, and recorded one tackle as the outstate squad fell to the Metro All-Stars 22-17.

But Herzog's prep football career has lived to see another week of practices, and one more game.

He competed on the 11-man West All-Star team in the North Dakota Shrine Bowl, which was held at the Fargodome this past Saturday.

"Not many players get to play in two all-star games," Herzog said.

"It's been fun meeting people from each state."

Playing in the North Dakota classic has been both a challenge and a comfort for Herzog, who served the West as linebacker, his natural position.

Linebacker is also the position he plans to excel at this fall for the Cobbers.

"What's nice about this game is that they have me playing linebacker," Herzog said.

"It still will be a little different because I don't know the competition or my teammates all that well."

Herzog was one of three Minnesota players on the West team; he was joined by one of his Laker teammates, Jarod Griffith.

Griffith said Herzog became a more complete player his senior year and warrants playing in both games.

"Josh really stepped up his game this year," Griffith said. "He wasn't sure if he'd get named to the Minnesota team, but he definitely deserves to play in this game."

West head coach Brad Sandy, whose team was short a couple of defenders, said he was glad to give Herzog a spot on the team.

"(Josh) is a well-schooled, well-coached linebacker," said Sandy, who guided Harvey High School to a Class 1A state championship last fall.

"The word I'd say that best describes him is 'solid.'"

West defensive coach Bryan Kramer (head coach at Minot Bishop Ryan) agrees with Sandy's assessment of Herzog.

"He's looked comfortable in our scheme," Kramer said. "He's going to be a guy that gets his name called over and over again Saturday with tackles."

Herzog hopes that is the case in the last prep game he'll ever play in.

"I just want to have fun and play the game," he said.

"It would be nice to help my team win, because my team lost the game in Minnesota."

After he steps off the field Saturday, Herzog won't have much time to relax with team practices at Concordia beginning in late August.

"I'm looking forward to playing for the Cobbers in the fall," Herzog said.

"I think they're looking good for next year and they graduated some linebackers last year, so maybe I'll be able to get in a couple games."

He hasn't had any trouble with that this summer.