Posted 6 months ago
By John Axtell
Six turnovers proved to be too much for the South to overcome Saturday as the North took a 30-7 victory in the 56th annual Shrine Bowl football game in Kearney.
The South threw 3 interceptions and fumbled away the ball twice, including a pick returned for a touchdown in the final quarter. The North had just one turnover, an interception, and posted 134 yards in returns of the South’s miscues.
The North led 9-0 on a 27-yard field goal by Trenton Long of Gothenburg and a 5 yd td run by Shaka Taylor of Lutheran Northeast, but the South scored late in the first half on a 1-yard run by Ralston’s Isaac Wallace and a PAT kick by Zach Zeplin of Omaha Skutt.
Neither team scored in the third quarter, but a 1-yard run by Stick and an extra point by Long early in the final period made 16-7. After a fumble, Brazeal hit Stick’s high school teammate RJ Urzendowski on a 34-yard td pass to put the game to make it 22-7.
Lincoln Northeast’s Makiah Slade put the icing on the cake late in the game with a 51-yard interception return for the final touchdown and Urzendowski ran for the PAT on a fake kick.
Both offenses had good days from a yardage standpoint. The South rushed for 144 yards and threw for 199 while the North had 156 on the ground and 247 through the air behind quarterbacks Brad Brazeal of Bellevue and Creighton Prep’s Easton Stick.
Brazael threw for 123 yards and a touchdown while Stick, the Offensive Player of the Game, threw for 124 yards and rushed for another 94 and a touchdown.
The two Panhandle players in the game, Andrew Aratani of Scottsbluff and Sidney’s Tucker Winholtz, turned in solid performances for the North defense.
Aratani, who has signed to play with Northwestern College of Iowa in the NAIA, had one solo tackle and one assist while Winholz, who’s coming to Chadron State, had had 2 solo tackles…one of them a sack for a 4-yard loss.
Also playing well for the North was another CSC signee, Norfolk linebacker/defensive end Kyle Temple. Temple had 3 tackles, 2 of them solo and one for a 1-yard loss.