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Pirsig piles on post-season accolades

By Staff | Dec 25, 2011

First-team all-state offensive tackles Sam Lee and Jonah Pirsig celebrate their Section 3AA championship with assistant coach Jay Frederickson.

Blue Earth Area’s standout offensive-tackle, Jonah Pirsig, is preparing for an opportunity of a lifetime.

The 6-foot-9, 300 pound lineman has been selected to play in the Offense-Defense All America Bowl in Dallas, Texas, Dec. 29.

There he will experience the thrill of playing in Cowboys Stadium, the largest domed arena in the world.

The behemoth structure seating 80,000 fans is famous for its jumbotron video screen that runs from 30-yard line to 30-yard line.

“It should be a lot of fun,” Pirsig says. “I know the stadium is fairly new and it should be a good experience.”

Pirsig will arrive in Dallas on Dec. 26 and have a few days to get acquainted with a new playbook and roster.

“We will practice two times a day for two days,” Pirsig says. “It could be tough learning an offense that fast, but I am sure they will keep things pretty simple.”

The talent pool for the game is incredibly deep. Joining Pirsig on the rosters of the two teams will be recruits from power-house college programs such as Ohio State, Auburn, Florida, USC and Alabama.

Pirsig says this is the first time he has played in an all-star game and is looking forward to going up against some of the top players in the nation.

Once on the field, Pirsig will be a part of the west roster and face off against a 45-man east squad.

The day after the game, Pirsig will be able to attend the Armed Forces Bowl. Tulsa and BYU will square off in the game and it will be Pirsig’s first experience attending a bowl game.

The Offense-Defense All America Bowl will be the culmination of a spectacular year for Pirsig and the rest of his teammates at Blue Earth Area High School.

In early December, Pirsig learned he had been named to the Minnesota Associated Press and St. Paul Pioneer Press first-team all-state squads.

The senior played an integral part during the Buccaneers 10-2 masterpiece of a season and helped spur an offense that generated 4,655 total yards.

Teammate Sam Lee also received first-team all state recognition from the Pioneer Press and an honorable mention from the Minnesota AP all-state team.

The senior standout is yet to make a decision about where he will play next fall, but is listening to offers from Division I and II schools.

Carter Hanson rounded out BEA gridders capturing all-state honors. The up and coming junior was given an honorable mention on the St. Paul Pioneer Press All-State Team.