Becker quarterbacks All-Stars
Blue Earth Area graduate and football star Logan Becker got a chance to put on the pads and play one last high school football game.
Becker was the starting quarterback for the Outstate All-Stars team last Saturday.
The game was played on a cool and windy field at St. Cloud State University’s Husky Stadium on June 28. The game time temperature of 62 degrees was the second coldest in it’s 29-year history.
The Metro All-Stars won the game 22-17 and narrowed the Outstate’s record to 15-14 in the series.
The game started with a bang when, on the first play from scrimmage, Becker handed off to Mario Butler, a running back from Rochester. Butler swept around right end and ran 80 yards for a touchdown.
The play set two Minnesota All-Star football game records: longest rushing touchdown and fastest scoring play at the start of the game (15 seconds).
Both teams alternated quarterbacks on every series, with Glencoe-Silver Lake’s Matt Muenchow alternating with Becker. Muenchow was named the offensive MVP for the Outstate team.
Becker was 3 of 9 passing for 13 yards. He was intercepted once.
The BEA player also ran for six yards on three attempts.
The Outstate team only attempted 19 passes. They racked up 261 yards on the ground and 98 in the air. The Metro team had almost opposite numbers; 272 yards in the air and 84 on the ground.
The Outstate team led 17-7 at the half, and 17-10 in the third. In the decisive fourth, the Metro squad outscored the Outstate 12-0.
The Metro team first got within one at 17-16, on a score where the kick for extra point failed. They got another go-ahead touchdown, and again the extra point try failed.
Outstate had a chance at the end of the game to go back ahead when a fourth down pass from Muenchow went into the end zone. It was batted down at the last second.
Becker wore No. 7 on his jersey, the same number that was worn by BEA’s Cody Sukalski in last year’s All-Star game. Becker is the first quarterback from Blue Earth Area (or Blue Earth) to play in the All-Star game.
But, he is not the first quarterback from the South Central Conference named to the Outstate squad.
The others were:
• Mark Bartlett (St. Peter-1980);
• Neil Stock (New Ulm-1982);
• Brad Baun (St. Peter-1982);
• Ed Rundell (St. Peter-1990);
• and Brent Olson (St. Peter-1996).
Becker will be playing his college football at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter next year. Coaches anticipate moving him from the quarterback position to wide receiver.
Training camp for the Outstate team was held at Gustavus for the week prior to the All-Star game.
Coaches there got a good chance to look over Becker’s play, as well as several other recruits who were playing in the game.