South 13, North 3: South Rallies to
Defeat North 13-3 in 47th Annual All-Star Football
(Game story by Dave Giles, Minnesota All-Star
Football Game Historian)
In a game of missed opportunities for both teams, it
took a tight end moving to the quarterback position
to spark the South All-Stars to their fourth
straight win in the All-Star series. The South
rallied to score two touchdowns in the final six
minutes to defeat the North All-Stars 13-3 in the
47th Annual Minnesota High School All-Star Football
Game (known as the Minnesota Football Showcase) at
U.S. Bank Stadium.
With the win, the South leads the all-time
North-South series 16-10-1. The South leads the
current North-South series (2011-2019) 8-2. The
South has won all four All-Star games played at U.S.
Bank Stadium. This is the third time the South has
had a four-game winning streak in All-Star game
history (also 1976-1979 and 2012-2015).
Russell Corrigan (Hutchinson), a natural tight end,
played quarterback this season for his Hutchinson
team, leading the Tigers to 12-1 record and a berth
in the Class 4A semifinals. He was named to the
South All-Stars as a tight end and was in the South
starting lineup at that position. But with his team
trailing 3-0 with six minutes remaining, he moved to
the quarterback position and promptly led his team
to its first score, on a two play 56-yard drive.
On second down from the 50-yard line, Corrigan’s
long pass down the left side to Jonathan Mann (WR
Rosemount) was tipped straight up into the air by
North defensive back Matthias Algarin (Pierz CB) and
caught acrobatically by Mann at the 12-yard line.
Mann sprinted into the end zone for a 50-yard
touchdown. Louis Hyde (PK, Benilde-St. Margaret’s)
added the PAT for a 7-3 South lead with 5:29 to
After the ensuing kickoff, the North started at
their 32, quickly gaining 10 yards in two plays for
a first down at their 42. After two incomplete
passes, the North lost 10 yards on a sack back to
their 32 (sack by Landon Carter, DE Lakeville
North). A 38-yard Hunter Dustman punt and a 17-yard
punt return by Jack Fisher (PR Rochester Century)
set up the South, first down at their 47.
Corrigan and Rudy Voss (QB Jackson County Central)
then led the South on a crisp four play, 53-yard
scoring drive for their second touchdown. Two
Corrigan carries gained 15 yards and a first down at
the North 38. Rudy Voss ran 36 yards down the right
side to the North 2-yard line. On first and goal,
Corrigan scored on a two-yard run with 2:09
remaining. The two-point conversion attempt failed,
and the North led 13-3.
The North had one final possession, throwing four
straight incomplete passes from their 15-yard line.
The South took over with just over one-minute
remaining and ran out the clock for a 13-3 win.
The game started off well for the North All-Stars,
with three trips into the South red-zone on their
first three possessions.
With Aidan Bauman (Buffalo) at quarterback, the
North started at their 43 and drove 46 yards in 10
plays. The drive stalled at the South 11. Hunter
Dustman (PK St. Francis) kicked a 29-yard field goal
and the North led 3-0 with 7:42 remaining in the
first quarter. The North would maintain that 3-0
lead until the final six minutes of the game.
On their second drive, the North drove from their
18, 80 yards to a first and goal at the South 3. Two
one-yard runs moved the ball to the South 1. On
third and goal, a loss of one yard (running play)
moved the ball back to the South 2 on the final play
of the first quarter. On the first play of the
second quarter, it was fourth and goal at the 2 and
the South stopped the North’s Miles Taylor (RB Coon
Rapids) for no gain, ending the threat.
Later in the second quarter, Derrek Piepho’s (DB,
CB, Alexandria) second interception of the game put
the ball at the North 48. A South penalty moved the
ball to the South 47. On the next play, a Bauman
43-yard pass completion to Matthias Algarin (WR,
Pierz) put the North at the South 4-yard line. The
North then threw four consecutive incomplete passes
from the South 4, with the fourth down pass knocked
down by South linebacker Dylan Bair (Prior Lake). It
was the consecutive second North scoring drive to
end inside the South 5-yard line with no points.
Late in the second quarter, the South drove 35-yards
in five plays, but the drive ended at the North
7-yard line with one second remaining. A 24-yard
field attempt by Louis Hyde (PK, Benilde-St.
Margaret’s) was wide as time expired in the first
Offensively, Luke Imdieke (RB Osakis) led the North
with 11 carries for 58 yards. He was the North
Offensive MVP. Rudy Voss (QB Jackson County Central)
was the leading South rusher with 7 carries for 88
yards. South Offensive MVP Jonathan Mann (WR
Rosemount, future Gopher) had 3 catches for 60 yards
and one touchdown. Russell Corrigan (TE/QB
Hutchinson) was 1 for 2 for 50 yards and a touchdown
pass. He had 5 carries for 31 yards plus a 2-yard
Defensive standouts included North Defensive MVP
Derrek Piepho (DB, Alexandria) who had two pass
interceptions, 3.5 tackles and a fumble recovery.
Matthias Algarin (WR/CB, Pierz) also had an
interception for the North. South Defensive MVP
Craig McDonald (DB, FS SMB Wolfpack) had an
interception and three tackles.
Head Coaches: North – Jon Konold, Willmar; South –
Brad Wendland, Waseca
North Captains: Josh Fobbe (QB Becker), Aidan Bauman
(QB Buffalo), Cody Lindenberg (DB Anoka), Quientrail
Jamison-Travis (DT Minneapolis North)
South Captains: RaJa Nelson (RB Lakeville North),
Jonathan Mann (WR Rosemount), Russell Corrigan (TE/QB
Hutchinson), Aaron Witt (DE Winona)
2019 MVPs: Offense, North: Luke Imdieke, Osakis (RB);
Defense, North: Derrek Piepho, Alexandria (DB, CB);
Offense, South: Jonathan Mann, Rosemount (WR);
Defense, South: Craig McDonald, SMB Wolfpack (DB,
SCORING SUMMARY BY QUARTERS:
North – Hunter Dustman (St. Francis 5A) 29-yard
field goal 7:42 (North 3-0; scoring drive 10 plays,
South – Jonathan Mann (Rosemount 6A) 50-yard pass
from Russell Corrigan (Hutchinson 4A); Louis Hyde (Benilde-St.
Margaret’s 4A) kick 5:29 (South 7-3; scoring drive 2
plays, 56 yards)
South – Russell Corrigan (Hutchinson 4A) 2-yard run;
2-point conversion run failed 2:04; (South 13-3;
scoring drive 4 plays, 53 yards)
Uniforms: South – White on white, purple trim; North
– purple on purple, white trim