South Squad prevails in 40th anniversary of Shrine Bowl, 40-7


Photo: Andrew Carlson/Iowa State Daily

Shriners present the colors during the opening events of the Shrine Bowl Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium.

Adam Ring

The South Squad won the Shrine Bowl for the second year in a row behind the play of quarterback and ISU commit Charles Rogers. The South Squad defeated the North Squad by a score of 40-7, Saturday night, July 21, at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames.

Rogers, of Iowa City West High School, was named the South Squad offensive MVP and finished the game with 122 yards passing and two touchdowns, both to Cory Crnkovich of Woodward-Granger. Rogers added 84 yards on the ground in rushing.

Nathan Criswell of Grinnell added a 40-yard field goal to give the South Squad a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.

The North Squad’s only score was setup by a blocked punt by Jackson Steinberg of Saint Ansgar. The blocked punt led to a 3-yard touchdown pass from Chase Coakley of Maquoketa to Nathan Alexander of Boyden Hull-Rock Valley to cut the lead to 10-7 in the second quarter.

Steinberg was named North Squad’s defensive MVP of the game. The North squad had five drives stall after just three plays and turned the ball over four times in the game.

“It was a tough loss. They had a lot of good players. We started off well in the first half, [but] we just couldn’t keep with them,” said North Squad member Si Eikenborg of Dike-New Hartford.

The second half belonged entirely to the South Squad. Rogers and Crnkovich connected on a 36-yard pass to score a touchdown on the South’s first possession of the half. Quarterback Gavin Glenn of A-D-M added two touchdown passes of his own for the South Squad, one to Cleo Harris of Council Bluffs-Abraham Lincoln and one to Brad Christensen of Carroll. Kippie Ward of Des Moines-Abraham Lincoln added a 5-yard touchdown run, and Criswell kicked a second field goal to complete the scoring for the South Squad.

“It was a fun time. Loved meeting all of these players. That’s what practice does for you. We’re out there drilling hard and had the full pads. It pays off,” said South Squad member Cass Weitl of Kuemper Catholic, Carroll.

Trevor Bouma of Gehlen Catholic, Le Mars, was named the North Squad offensive MVP of the game, and Carson Klocko of Norwalk was named the South Squad defensive MVP of the game.

Along with Rogers, four future ISU Cyclone Football players played in the Shrine Bowl, all for the South Squad. Dalton Ferch of West Marshall had 11 carries for 33 yards. Jordan Studer of Ankeny had four tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. Kane Seeley of Perry had five tackles. Collin Bevins of Creston added four tackles. Bevins left the game shortly with an injury but later returned.

The 2013 Shrine Bowl will be played at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.