KEARNEY – North coach Paul Limongi said he saw the physicalness in his team that could leave a mark in Shrine Bowl annals.
With its 32-10 win Saturday in the 61st annual game, the North met that aim with its largest victory over the South since 1962.
“Our guys felt a little slighted because the impression was we didn’t have everyone we needed,’’ said Limongi, who coached Omaha Burke to its first Class A title last season.
“It gave our kids an edge and motivated them to do something special today.”
The North tackled South ballcarriers 10 times in 24 attempts behind the line of scrimmage for 41 yards in losses, holding the South to a net of 34 yards. Trenton Harbur of Gothenburg had a 14-yard sack and Travis Tyler of Creighton, one of the last players added to the roster, a 10-yarder.
Meanwhile the North offense, led by Chadron State-bound Carter Terry, sported a balanced attack of 186 yards rushing and 180 passing. Terry threw two touchdown passes.
Alex Rodgers of Omaha Roncalli, voted the game’s Blue Howell outstanding offensive player, had 147 all-purpose yards. He was the busiest and most productive rusher, picking up 78 yards on 17 carries, and had 43 yards on five catches and 26 yards on a kickoff return.
Rodgers’ 12-yard touchdown grab midway through the fourth quarter restored some breathing room for the North after the South, which never led, came within one possession on a late third-quarter field goal.
Terry’s first touchdown pass, one that South coach Glen Snodgrass from York said stung his team, was a 14-yarder to South Dakota State-bound Shane Dailey from Bellevue West with 7 seconds left in the first half.
The North had two fewer available than the South after seven players invited in February dropped out and only five replacements, because of timing, could be brought in.
“Obviously the talk was we didn’t have enough guys,’’ Terry said. “This feels good to come out on top and lead these guys to a victory.
“It was a lot of fun just to get to know guys like Shane and Rhett Jordon (Waverly) and Mason Hiemstra (Alliance) and a lot of fun to throw to them.”
Jewett, who’s walking on at NU, had bookend touchdowns. He opened the scoring on a 5-yard run with 3 minutes left in the opening period – a blocked punt by Wahoo’s Jack Sutton set up the short-field score נand popped a 30-yarder with 55 seconds left in the game.
Harbur, who had several big gainers nullified by penalties, broke loose on a third-and-5 play for a 33-yard touchdown and a 12-0 North lead midway through the second quarter.
After netting 5 yards on its first five series, the South made it 12-7 when NU walk-on Brayden Miller of Kearney found South Dakota State-bound Baily Darnell of Auburn for a 54-yard pass play.
Its next possession, after holding the North on downs at the South 10 to start the second half, lasted 18 plays but produced only a 37-yard field goal from Kearney’s Gabe Heins. On the previous play, Harbur jarred the ball from Miller on his sack but the play had been blown dead.
Husker walk-on Braden Sellon of Lincoln East, credited with eight solo tackles, was voted the game’s Clayton Andrews outstanding defensive player award.