The high school spring sports season ended last week for the state’s football players. The annual all-star game was held in Oshkosh where the top seniors from 2021 played in their last high school game ever. Many will now turn their attention to playing at the college level. Osceola’s Tyler Johnson was one of the players selected to compete in this annual contest.
“It is a great honor for Tyler to be selected to play in the All-Star game,” Osceola football coach and athletic director Scott Newton said. “He definitely has earned it. Tyler was always a great worker and dedicated player for Chieftain Football. Tyler is a throwback type of player. He enjoys the physical contact and “dirty” work that offensive and defensive linemen have to do for their team. Typically the linemen don’t get the limelight, but they are the heart and soul of our team. I am always proud when one of our student-athletes can represent our school and community at the state level.”
Johnson was a three sport standout in Osceola where he competed in football, wrestling and track and field. He excelled in all three sports but football was his number one love. He plans on continuing his academic and football endeavors this fall at UW-River Falls.
This game is a chance for about 220 players to compete against their Wisconsin counterparts for one last time. There are three divisions, large schools, small schools and members from 8-man teams competing. Over 400 athletes are nominated for the prestigious event. The participating players raise money for Children’s Wisconsin in return for the honor of playing in the game.
“I can’t wait to play in the WFCA all-star football game,” Johnson said the day before kickoff. “It will be an honor to play with these guys and to raise funds for the Wisconsin Children’s Hospital. Go North.”
Johnson played a key role in the North team’s 17-14 win. He played the interior of the defensive line and made a huge stop in the first half. With the South facing a fourth down, deep in North’s territory, Johnson broke through protection to sack the quarterback, giving the ball back to his offense. With the win the North now trails the South seven games to five in the all-time series.
The game was well played by both squads, especially considering that they had just one week of practice to get ready for the contest. For many of the players it was their last competitive football game of their careers. For others, like Johnson, it was a steppingstone into the college level of play.