Evergreens help North wins 8-man all-star gameThe game was held at Pug Lund Sports Complex in Rice Lake and was the first of its kind for 8-man football, which expanded to include eight Lakeland Conference teams in the 2012 season.
The All-Stars from northern Wisconsin picked up a win over their southern counterparts Saturday at the 2013 National Guard 8-Man All-Star game.
The game was held at Pug Lund Sports Complex in Rice Lake and was the first of its kind for 8-man football, which expanded to include eight Lakeland Conference teams in the 2012 season.
“It was a great week,” said Brian Trettin, head coach of the Northwood-Solon Springs Evergreens. “We had a great group of kids to work with, and coaching with the other coaches from our conference was fun.”
Trettin acted as offensive coordinator for the North All-Stars. He was joined on the coaching staff by Evergreens coaches Brain Amys and Randy Kidder.
Playing for the North All-Stars were Northwood seniors Gage Harwick, Trevor Lafave, Austin Meyer and Brandon Wilcox and Solon Springs seniors Jacob Dahlberg and Brett Missinne.
“This is the inaugural group,” Dahlberg said. “When else can you say you were the first in something that will be historical for years to come?”
Dahlberg, who served as captain of the North All-Stars offense, was also a captain for the Northwood-Solon Springs Evergreens this fall in their first season of 8-man football. The Evergreens finished 4-4 overall and 4-3 in the Lakeland 8-Man Conference.
On Saturday, the Evergreens played alongside their regular season rivals to defeat the South All-Stars 40-24.
Players from Bruce, New Auburn, Luck, Prairie Farm, Three Lakes and Northwood-Solon Springs comprised the North team. The South team consisted of players from the Madison, Green Bay and Milwaukee areas.
“It was awesome to watch the kids grow as a team in six days,” Trettin said. “At first the kids would only hang out with kids from their schools, but by the end they were hanging with each other, laughing and sharing stories.”
In Saturday’s game, the North All-Stars jumped out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter, but the South closed the gap to 14-12 by halftime. A 20-point third quarter from the North All-Stars then put the game out of reach.
The North favored the ground game, running the ball on 63 plays and passing on just 14. Of the team’s 14 first downs, nine came on the ground.
The South finished with seven first downs — four rushing and three passing.
For the day, the North All-Stars had 209 yards rushing and 172 yards passing. The South All-Stars finished with 181 yards passing but just 72 yards rushing.
The North All-Stars also lost four fumbles, but they made up for it by picking off five passes and recovering two South fumbles.
“I am very appreciative to get this opportunity as an All-Star. I will remember this the rest of my life,” said Missinne, a quarterback for the North All-Stars. “It was a great week, the guys were awesome, and the coaches did a great job of preparing us.”
2013 8-Man All-Star Game
North 14 0 20 6 — 40
South 0 12 0 12 — 24