Lundeen to wrap up memorable career at All-Star Game this Saturday

Ben Stoterau

Redwood Valley senior Drew Lundeen will wrap up a memorable 2021 football campaign at the Minnesota Football Showcase to be held Saturday, Dec. 4, at noon at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Lundeen will be a member of the South team (including South Metro) and will square off against the North team in the annual Minnesota All-Star Football Game format which features the best players the state of Minnesota has to offer.

Drew Lundeen led the Cardinals in receiving and total points and accounted for 11 touchdowns.

The talented son of longtime Redwood Valley Head Coach Matt Lundeen (who will help coach the South squad) Drew put together a huge senior season on both offense and defense and left his mark in the record books for a Cardinal team that finished 7-3, falling to JCC in the Section 3AA semifinals.

“It was a fun season,” Lundeen said, “We didn’t get where we wanted to as a team but overall there were a lot of positives and I’ll always take that with me.”

On offense he could do it all, leading the Cardinals in receiving with 56 catches for 750 yards and four touchdowns (good for third all-time in school history), adding 36 carries for 343 yards and seven scores, a touchdown throw of 30 yards and leading the team in scoring with 84 points. For his career Lundeen finished with 78 catches for 1,033 yards and seven scores (good for fifth all-time) and added 77 carries for 643 yards and nine touchdowns.

“Wherever they wanted me and however I could best help the team that’s what I did,” Lundeen said, “Whether it was running, catching, throwing, blocking… whatever gave us the best chance to win that’s what I was prepared to do.”

In the Cardinals playoff rout of Sibley East he tied a school record with four rushing touchdowns and had a school record five first half touchdowns in the victory. He also had the unique distinction of scoring a touchdown in all four of his varsity years (9-12).

Defensively Lundeen was also a force, leading the team in solo tackles with 54 (sixth all-time), adding 80 assisted tackles, forcing three fumbles, adding a blocked kick and finishing with 1,365 defensive points (good for third all-time). His 2,380 career defensive points is seventh in school history.

Lundeen was also recently named a First Team All-District selection, the District WR of the Year, and also to the Class AA Academic All-State squad (players selected have exhibited excellence in the classroom, in leadership opportunities within their schools and communities, and on the football field).

As the son and grandson of football royalty, Lundeen was able to cherish the moments on the field with Dad as the Head Coach.

“I remember being a water boy and dreaming about being able to play on Friday nights,” he said, “It was fun to be able to have Dad coach me, it was really a blessing. I saw how much time he puts into being the best coach he can be and I wanted to emulate that and be the best player I could be as well.”

Lundeen plans on attending Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia to study Christian Leadership and Church Ministries next year but will look to end his football career with a bang on Saturday against the State’s elite players.

“Playing in the All-Star game to wrap up my career will be super cool,” he said, “It’s been a lot of fun and I’ll always remember and cherish my time on the football field as a Cardinal.”