Hein throws for two scores in All-Star game
ST. CLOUD — Perham’s Jordan Hein threw two touchdown passes to Maple Grove’s Jake Wieneke for the North All-Star team in a 24-14 loss to the South in the 40th annual Minnesota all-star game Saturday afternoon at St. Cloud State University’s Husky Stadium.
Hein gave the North their only lead on an eight-yard fade to the left corner of end zone in the first quarter.
“We came out and hit ‘em in the mouth right away but just couldn’t finish the game,” Hein said.
The South put on the finishing touches in a continued attack at the North end zone scoring 24 unanswered points.
Wyatt Schmidt, of St. Thomas, showcased a big leg in the game kicking a field goal and nearly making one from the midfield logo later in the game. A breeze blew down the field from the north end zone. Schmidt is a Division I recruit at kicker, according to a report by Jim Paulsen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Quarterback John DenHartog of Hopkins capped the scoring run for the South on an untouched run off left tackle. DenHartog bobbled the ball coming off a block but turned it into a juggling scoring scamper to push the lead to its largest 24-7.
Hein and Wieneke hooked up with less than two minutes to play for the 24-14 final.
The North did get another opportunity as a special rule adapted just for the all-star format allows a scoring team down by 10 points or more in the waning minutes to receive the ball via kickoff, rather than kick off.
Hein was joined by Heart O’ Lakes Conference players from Detroit Lakes, Barnesville and Pelican Rapids.
Barnesville Austin Martz had an impressive defensive effort getting in on plenty of tackles. Detroit Lakes’ Stephen Erb played defensive back and was injured in the second half. The injury appeared to be to his right shoulder. He did not return. Tucker Forsgren, of Pelican Rapids, lined up at tight end and in the slot, as well as punted for the North team. Hein hit Forsgren for a short pass in the second half.
“It was a lot of fun representing the HOL with a couple of my buddies,” said Hein.
The all-star game is more than just a football game. It’s a week spent together between the best high school football players in the state practicing at St. John’s University and the camaraderie known well to anyone who has spent time in football locker rooms.
“It was definitely one of the funnest weeks of my life,” Hein said. “I met 43 great guys. We all bonded well. We all clicked. It was a lot of fun getting to hang out with them. All we did was eat, sleep, hang out at the beach and play football. You can’t complain about that.”
Hein started at quarterback and was one of four North co-captains along with Mounds View defensive lineman Mick Nelson, St. Michael-Albertville lineman Sean Scharlau and Osseo's Bridgeport Tusler.
Game note: Perham Head Coach Mike Jordahl was a member of the North team’s coaching staff. Jordahl has led the Yellowjackets to the state football tournament the past two seasons.