The Iowa Shrine Bowl was played on Saturday afternoon at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. The all-star game featuring Iowa’s best senior high school football players was back after missing last year due to the pandemic.
The North squad led by Iowa’s recruits Cooper DeJean (OABCIG) and Max White (CR Kennedy) picked up the victory in the contest 52-24. DeJean hit White for the opening touchdown of the game with a throw to the flat that turned into a 51-yard score. DeJean would later complete a 60-yard touchdown pass to Tay Norman of Waterloo West.
Washington quarterback Trashaun Willis was named offensive MVP for the south and orchestrated a 60-yard scoring drive early that he finished off with a 1 yard score.
The event provides a showcase for Iowa’s best seniors and benefits The Shriners Hospital for Children.
A number of area athletes played on the South Squad: Eddie Vlcek, Riverside; Silas Bales, Glenwood; Brayden Wollan, Underwood; Layne Pryor, Woodbine; Tre Melby, Logan-Magnolia.
Underwood’s Nate Mechaelsen was an assistant coach for the south and Maddox Mechaelsen of Underwood served as a manager. Mia Dawn Trotter and Makynzie Steffens of Atlantic served on the Cheer Squad along with Macie Sefrit of Bedford, Sophia Smith, Kira Langenfeld, and Lesley Chavez of Denison-Schleswig, Dalyce Erickson and Madison Hammons of Sidney, and Haley Lux of Kuemper Catholic.