North wins defensive slugfest


The South’s Jesse Ackerman of Adams Central tackles the
North’s Matt Klein of Scottsbluff during the Nebraska Shrine
Bowl Saturday in Kearney.

KEARNEY — In the previous two editions of the Shrine Bowl, the two teams combined for a total of 113 points, with the average score being 37-19 in favor of the South. In the 55th annual Nebraska all-star football game, it was significantly different.

The North squad ended a two-year losing streak, defeating the South 9-3 in a defensive slugfest Saturday at the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Foster Field.

The South was held to just 114 yards of total offense, including 83 rushing yards on 30 attempts (2.8 yards per carry).

“We’ve been working all week with a bunch of really great kids,” said North head coach Mike Johnson of Waverly. “We knew defense was going to be a hit.”



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