Beau Stough’s 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter helped the?South All-Stars defeat the North All-Stars 33-21 Saturday afternoon in the Minnesota High School Football?All-Star game held in St. Cloud.
Redwood Valley’s Stough and former SWC rival Beau Bofferding of Marshall accounted for three of the five South All-Star touchdowns as the South tied up the all-time series at nine apiece with a 12-point victory.
“To have three of the touchdowns come from the SWC was cool and fun to be a part of,” he said.
The 39th annual event featured 88 of the top graduating seniors from the state selected by members of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association.
For Stough, it was an experience he won’t soon forget.
“We started off the week with practices at St. John’s and that was a lot of fun because the turf was only a day old when we got there,” he said, “It was definitely hot but the practices flowed nicely and only lasted about an hour and a half.”
In their down time, the kids were able to get to know each other while swimming, eating and going over the playbook.
“All the guys were amazing, we just clicked from the start,” he said, “You could see we got along better than the North team because we were always together... I think it showed on Saturday during the game.”
Down 15-12 at the half, the South All-Stars - coached by Bill Ihrke of Plainview-Elgin/Millville - rallied for 21 third quarter points to take control.
One of the touchdowns was a 1-yard plunge by Stough.
“I got a little worried when we went down 15-12 but they gave me the ball on the 1-yard line going behind our biggest lineman from Eastview who was like 6’5” 320 lbs,” he said, “I got the ball across and never really looked back.”
Stough also talked about the unique chance to play with Bofferding, a standout from Marshall who will play football and run track for UMD next season.
“Blocking for Beau (Bofferding) was fun because he uses the blocks the way they’re supposed to be an makes great cuts,” he said, “It’s better blocking for him than trying to catch him that’s for sure.”
“I’m really glad I got the opportunity to go up and play with the top seniors in the state,” he said, “I think I proved that I belonged there and was proud to represent Redwood Valley football.”