The bond of players on a football team often resembles a family rather than a group of competitors. For two Adams Central graduates, that bond stretches beyond the boundaries of the gridiron.
Former Patriots Jesse Ackerman and Jake Fowler were key components on the Adams Central football team. The duo led AC to an 11-1 record and a spot in the Class C-1 semifinals in the fall. Now, the two are set to play in their final contest as teammates in Saturday's Shrine Bowl game in Kearney as part of the South team, which happens to have veteran Adams Central coach Bill Carlin as its head coach.
Ackerman said he was honored when he found out he would be playing in the 55th installment of the state's biggest all-star football game, set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the University of Nebraska at Kearney's Foster Field. He was also excited to share the field one last time with his teammate, and close friend.
"He's one of those lifelong friends that I'll always keep in touch with because he's brought so much to me," said Ackerman, who will play for the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the fall. Fowler is staying in town to play for Hastings College.