Nebraska was for sure the football capital of the nation on Saturday as the 62nd Shrine Bowl high school football all star game was played on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The game once again showcased some of Nebraska’s top talent but there was no question that this game was different and in many ways more significant than others. Saturday marked the first time that a football game had been played since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The game itself was dominated by the South team. After the North scored on its opening drive of the game, the South would score 30 unanswered points en-route to a 30-6 victory. The North scored on its first possession when Luke Wakeman of Tekamah-Herman scored on a two yard touchdown run but that would be it for the North scoring on the day. The South answered early in the second quarter when Evan Johnson of Adams Central connected with Aurora tight end Nate Boekirchir on a 26 yard touchdown pass to take the lead which they would never relinquish. Later in the game, quarterback Aiden Oerter of Norris connected with Tyler Palmer of Columbus Scotus for the games longest scoring play of 66 yards.
Omaha South kicker Alan Mendoza was the offensive player of the game as connected on field goal attempts of 24, 38, and 51 yards. Jacob Ludwig of Ashland-Greenwood was the defensive player of the game finishing with 10 tackles.