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Herzog ends DL career in All-Star game as North’s offensive MVP

Lake quarterback Michael Herzog throws a pass at a 2013 season game. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

Starting quarterback Keaton Studsrud of Benilde-St. Margaret’s was supposed to see the majority of the playing time in the MFCA Tackle Cancer All-Star Football game, played Saturday, June 28 at St. Cloud State Husky Stadium.

But after Studsrud went down with a hip pointer on the North’s first play of the day, DLHS quarterback Michael Herzog stepped in to play the remainder of the game.

“It’s an awesome way to end the season but that’s not the way you want to get playing time,” Herzog told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Jim Paulsen.

“Keaton’s a great quarterback. That was a real tough break,” he added.

But Studsrud’s tough break was Herzog’s chance to shine as a Laker for one final time. The DLHS football standout, who graduated this spring, finished the game as the North’s Offensive MVP, with 246 yards passing and 67 yards rushing.

Herzog’s effort ultimately went for naught, however, as the South earned the 37-22 victory. It was the third straight All-Star win for the South, which was coached by Eden Prairie’s Mike Grant.

Eden Prairie running back Anthony Anderson, who will be playing at Iowa Western Community College next year, was the South Offensive MVP, rushing 9 times for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

Apple Valley defensive lineman Lord Hyeamang was named the South’s Defensive MVP, while Totino-Grace linebacker Josh Sitarz was the Defensive MVP for the North.

The All-Star Football Game showcased outstanding senior players from the 2013 high school football season.

Players and coaches representing 85 schools and 30 conferences participated in this year’s game. They were selected by members of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association.

Information for this story was provided by Star Tribune reporter Jim Paulsen.