The 41st Annual MFCA Tackle Cancer All-Star Football Game will be held on Saturday June 28 at Clemens Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University. The kick-off will be at 1:00 p.m.
The All-Star Football Game will showcase outstanding senior players from the 2013 high school football season. Players and coaches representing 83 schools and 29 conferences will participate in this year’s game. They were selected by members of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association. The 83 schools is tied for the second most schools ever represented in a single All-Star Game (also in 1983 and 2013; the most is 86 schools in 1984).
The 2014 All-Star Game will be the 41st in the current annual series and the 52nd overall. For the fourth consecutive year, the game will feature the North All-Stars versus the South All-Stars. In the 2013 game, the South All-Stars defeated the North All-Stars 24-14 at Husky Stadium.
The South All-Stars lead the current North-South series 2-1. The South also leads the overall North-South series 10-9-1 after 20 games. The South All-Stars took the series lead for the first time after the 2013 victory.
The All-Star training camp will also be held at St. John’s University from Sunday June 22 through Saturday June 28. This will be the third year that the All-Star training camp has been held at St. John’s University. This will be the first time since 1975 (and only the fourth time in 52 all-star games) that both the All-Star Football Game and the All-Star training camp will be held on the same campus (also in 1945, 1974 and 1975 at the University of Minnesota).
2014 North Coaches
Head Coach: Bill Weiss (Chisago Lakes)
Assistant Coaches: Earl Bauman (St. Michael-Albertville, retired, MFCA Hall of Fame 2012, second All-Star coaching assignment; Mark Elmer (Stillwater, 2012 Butch Nash Award winner); Jay Loven (Upsala/Swanville); John McEachran (Perham, 2012 Butch Nash Award winner); Derek Parendo (Proctor, 2007 Butch Nash Award winner); Matt Townsend (Columbia Heights); Jon Young (Coon Rapids)
Honorary Coach: Con Natvig (Swanville & Browerville, MFCA Hall of Fame 2007)
2014 South Coaches
Head Coach: Mike Grant (Eden Prairie, MFCA Hall of Fame 2014, 2013 Class 6A State Champion, second All-Star Game head coaching assignment)
Assistant Coaches: Ray Betton (Academy of Holy Angels, 2013 Class 4A Runner-Up); Jeff Johnson (Chatfield, 2013 Class 2A State Champion); Mark Ritter (Eden Prairie, 2013 Class 6A State Champion, 2011 Butch Nash Award winner); Paul Ruud (Glencoe-Silver Lake, 2012 Butch Nash Award winner); James Semmen (Lanesboro); Steve Solem (B O L D, second All-Star coaching assignment); George Thole (Stillwater, retired, MFCA Hall of Fame 2000, 3rd All-Star coaching assignment).
Honorary Coach: Dick Strand (Southland, MFCA Hall of Fame 2003)