The South Team used a superior passing game, capped by a long touchdown catch by Scotus grad Tyler Palmer, to defeat the North 30-6 in Saturday’s Shrine Bowl. Play-by-play of the 62nd annual all-star football game in Kearney was aired on KZ-100.
The North put together a 59-yard touchdown drive on its opening possession of the game for the only scoring of the first quarter.
But, the South racked up 319 passing yards and two touchdown passes to rally. The first South score came on a 26-yard touchdown grab by Nebraska walk-on Nate Boerkircher of Aurora. The final touchdown in the fourth quarter was a 66-yard catch-and-run by Palmer, who played wide receiver in his last football game before heading to NU to play baseball.
South’s victory was also highlighted by three field goals off the leg of Omaha South’s Alan Mendoza, including a 51-yarder as he captured offensive MVP honors. South defensive lineman Jacob Ludwig of Ashland-Greenwood was voted the defensive player of the game.
An estimated 2,000 fans attended the game at UNK’s Cope Stadium.