Players and coaches rave about Shrine Bowl experience

Team South Head Coach Kyle Peterson shakes hands with the opposing coaching staff at the conclusion of the 2018 Shrine Bowl. (June 2, 2018) (KHGI)

For the last 60 years, the Shrine Bowl has combined great football along with helping those in need. The top players and coaches in the Cornhusker State descended upon Kearney after spending the week in Lincoln preparing for the game.

Those in attendance at Foster Field got their money's worth and then some. The South team took a 14–0 lead early in the first quarter. Their lead would shrink to 7 by halftime. Gothenburg native Bennett Folkers tied the game up at 21 off a 49–yard touchdown reception. He led the North team with 89 receiving yards. The South squad relying on their secret weapon, kicker Noah McCashland who nailed a 50 yard go ahead field goal to give them the win. Coaches and players came away amazed at the experience.

"This was probably the neatest thing I've done in my coaching career," said South Head Coach Kyle Peterson. "It was a challenging week on so many levels but I got to experience it with the 35 greatest kids that I can dream of and 5 coaches. It was a joy to be around them every single day. "

"It's been really special because this week has been one of the best weeks of my life," former Kearney Catholic and South Team quarterback Matt Masker said. "I've met so many great people and I've become so close with these guys. Just to do it in Kearney in my hometown, It's just so special."

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