BLADEN — The third annual 6-Man Shootout all-star football game between Nebraska and Wyoming will be played here Saturday at 1 p.m.
Silver Lake, who won the state championship last fall, is hosting the game and head coach Duane Arntt will also serve as the Nebraska team’s coach. He will be assisted by Terry Bauer, also of Silver Lake.
The Nebraska team, comprised of 18 players from 10 schools, features two former Mustangs in Zac Petersen and Austin Woodard.
Woodard, a 5-foot-11, 225-pound lineman, was Silver Lake’s primary blocker this season and accounted for 21 pancake blocks. He also caught 15 passes for 155 yards and five touchdowns en route to earning first-team All-State honors by the 6-man Coaches Association. He was also a first-team All-Tribland small school honoree.
Petersen excelled on the defensive line for the Mustangs, tallying 28 solo tackles and 48 assisted tackles. He also ha two fumble recoveries, 14 tackles for loss and five sacks. The 5-7, 160-pounder was named All-Tribland honorable mention and All-state honorable mention by the 6-man Coaches.
Petersen had a huge score in Silver Lake’s state championship battle with Hyannis. Tied 34-all in the fourth quarter, Mustang quarterback Seyler Monroe hit Petersen on a 15-yard pass play for the go ahead touchdown with 6:45 left. Silver Lake went on to win 47-46 and finish the season 11-0.
Wyoming has won the first two installments of the ‘Battle of the Border’. It captured the inaugural contest 54-42.
Last year’s game was played in Dubois (Wyo.). Nebraska lead after the first half but was held out of the endzone in the second half as Wyoming won 40-26.