Martin County West graduate Austin Krumwiede had decided to play football and attend Central Lakes College in Brainard, but didn't think he'd be stepping onto a playing field until early fall.
Then, an injury to Ethan Abben from Albert Lea opened a spot on the South All-Star football team and Krumwiede was asked to step in.
"I was a little shocked to be honest, it caught me off guard when they called me and invited me to play," said Krumwiede.
AVOIDING?THE?RUSH — Martin County West’s Austin Krumwiede avoids a United South Central defensive linemen in the first round of the Section 3A playoffs in Sherburn. Krumwiede will participate in the Minnesota State High School All-Star Game today at Husky Stadium on the St. Cloud State University campus at 1 p.m. today. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
The two-time Sentinel All-Area selection will suit up in the No. 1 jersey to handle things on the defensive side, playing safety. Krumwiede will join Fairmont's Bryce Holm and Blue Earth Area's Carter Hanson on the South team as they play in the 40th annual Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game at 1 p.m. today at Husky Stadium on the St. Cloud State University campus.
"I think it's going to be exciting to play with some of the best players in the state," said Krumwiede. "It'll be interesting to play with some of the players I've played against, but players from all classes will be there so it'll be interesting to play with some of those guys from larger schools too."
In his final season for the Mavericks, Krumwiede made 72 tackles and snagged a pair of interceptions on the defensive side.
The athletic 6-foot 3-inch senior also managed 29 catches for 724 yards and 10 touchdowns as a wide reciever, while completing 25 of 57 throws for 460 yards and four touchdowns from behind center.
This week, eight months since the Mavericks were dealt a 27-21 loss by the St. Clair Cyclones, Krumwiede will strap on the pads again with a chance to get ready for his college career.
"It has been awhile since football season, so it's a good thing that we have a weeks worth of practice before the game. I've been working out three times a week, but it isn't the same as going out and having football practice," said Krumwiede.
During the regular season Krumwiede played on both sides of the ball, handling the quarterback duties after Jake Faber went out with a broken arm, and helping out in the secondary for the Mavericks.
Today he will be maning the defensive side of the ball as a safety.
"If I had to choose between offense and defense I'd probably choose defense," said Krumwiede. "I like running down players on the other team and intercepting passes. it will be weird though to only play on one side of the ball Saturday (today)."
Both the North and South teams practiced and stayed this week on the St. John's campus in Collegeville, before suiting up for the game today.
"I'm looking forward to meeting the teammates I have, and the other players," said Krumwiede. "I didn't expect this to happen, and I'm the last one to join, but I get to play and that is pretty cool."
The All-Star game will serve, not only as a celebration of a successful year on the gridiron for Krumwiede, but also as a way to prepare for the college practices in the fall.
Tickets for today's all-star football game will be available at the gate at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud.