Football: Metro topples Outstate in All-Star gameCards Colin Erickson and Mark Whiting were on the Outstate team, with Erickson being named the Outstate MVP on offense.
A rain-soaked night at the Minnesota state high school all-star football game made life difficult for Colin Erickson, Mark Whiting and the rest of the passing attack for both the outstate and metro rosters at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud this past Saturday.
It also played into the Metro team’s favor. The Metro squad turned to its running game in the wet conditions and ran for 165 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-0 win over the outstate all stars in a game that was called with almost eight minutes left in the fourth quarter because of lightning.
The outstate team tried sticking to its original game plan of passing the ball. Ben Bucholz and Erickson combined to throw the ball 21 times. Erickson was 2-for-7 with 45 yards. He also ran the ball five times for 11 yards. He was named the outstate team’s most valuable offensive player with those numbers. Whiting caught one ball for 34 yards.
The wet conditions led to four turnovers by the outstate team. Three of those turnovers turned into touchdowns. The metro all stars broke the game open in the second quarter with 21 points, highlighted by a 45 yard run by John Crockett of Totino-Grace and a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown by Carlton Littlejohn.
Crockett and Dajon Newell of Lakeville North led the metro rushing attack. Crockett ran for 82 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Newell added 60 yards and a score on 15 carries.
The win for the metro all stars gives them a 16-15 lead in the all-time series record between the outstate and metro teams.