Big Plays Propel South to 28-14 Win Over North in MN
MINNEAPOLIS — As
of this past weekend, Jaylen Newton wasn’t sure where he was
going to play college football next season.
Wherever the Cretin-Derham Hall wide receiver ends up, that
program will be getting a playmaker.
Newton was the star of the Minnesota Football Showcase on
Saturday afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium, as he scored three
total touchdowns to help the South get a 28-14 victory over
“It was such an honor when I got selected. Honestly, I
didn’t think I deserved it. I was just so thankful,” Newton
said “My parents came out, my granny came out, my sisters
came out … (I’m thankful) I got the opportunity to show what
I could do.”
“It was challenging,” Newton later added. “It was a lot
harder than playing in our conference and stuff. Shoutout to
the North team … I promise to this was not easy.”
The showcase featured more than 90 of the top high school
seniors from across the state of Minnesota.
Newton had eight catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns,
and added a 40-yard touchdown pass as he was named the South
He started the scoring with a razzle-dazzle play as the
South marched 98 yards on a second-quarter scoring drive.
Facing fourth-and-3 from the North 40-yard line, Marshall
quarterback Trey Lance threw a pass to Newton behind the
line of scrimmage.
But instead of charging ahead for a potential first down,
Newton threw deep to Owatonna wide receiver Noah Budach for
a 40-yard touchdown.
“That was the highlight because that’s my first career high
school passing touchdown. I’ve had a run, a kick return,
punt, all that … but I’ve never had a passing (score),”
Newton said. “That was the first time I’d ever passed. I had
practiced passing but in a game? Never.”
“I was very excited (about the play call). But the first
thing, I was praying that I had to catch it because it could
be a fumble because it was behind the line,” Newton added.
“But then I got it and they started rushing at me, so I
cocked back and threw it. (Budach) made the dude miss and
got in the end zone.”
Newton later caught a 7-yard touchdown pass in the third
quarter as the South claimed a 14-0 lead.
But the North rallied back behind a pair of rushing
Down two scores, the North got on the board behind a gutsy
effort from Otis Weah. The Moorhead running back danced and
weaved his way through multiple defenders on a spiffy
18-yard touchdown run with just over seven minutes left in
the third quarter.
DeLaSalle running back Sage Booker later tied the game with
a 1-yard touchdown run after the North took advantage of a
short field with a drive that started at the North 33-yard
The stalemate was short-lived as Grand Meadow running back
Zach Myhre put the South on top for good with short-yardage
Myhre converted on three consecutive runs on
fourth-and-short to sustain a fourth-quarter South drive,
eventually finding pay dirt on a 1-yard touchdown run.
Newton capped the scoring with a 35-yard touchdown catch
with two seconds left on the clock.
Minnetonka linebacker Ty Barron was the South Defensive MVP.
Minneapolis North safety Tayler Johnson was the North
Defensive MVP while Weah was the North Offensive MVP.
The Minnesota Football Showcase was the second time that the
Minnesota Football Coaches Association Tackle Cancer
All-Star Football Game was held at U.S. Bank Stadium through
teamwork by the MFCA and the Vikings.
The South improved to 14-10-1 under the current format.
Blaine running back Byron Bynum, Jr. sang the National
Anthem prior to the game, while each Minnesota state
champion team were honored by classification at halftime.
Vikings Legends John Randle, Jim Kleinsasser and Mike Morris
signed autographs before the game.
“This is what sports are all about, the pure love (of the
game),” Kleinsasser said in an interview shown on the
stadium’s video boards. “This is their last chance to finish
off and recap their high school career.
“I remember the tight group of guys we had, the great
coaches,” Kleinsasser added about his own high school
memories. “Just really the family that we had … we all just
loved the game and worked hard for each other.”
Current Vikings wide receiver Adam
and fullback C.J.
both played in the Minnesota Football Showcase. There have
been 92 alumni in all who have played or coached in the
NFL/AFL, including 18 with the Vikings.