CASPER – The 46th annual Shrine Bowl went to the North team for the seventh straight year on Saturday on the campus of Natrona County High School.
The South squad came out with intentions of ending the streak but ultimately came up short, 29-19.
After North received the opening kick. The South limited the North to a quick three-and-out series.
On the first offensive possession of the day, Cokeville quarterback Bentley Johnson connected with Glenrock running back Ian Arnold on a 3-yard pass to give the South the early advantage with 7:17 left in the opening quarter.
It was a lead which the South held until the North broke the shutout with under 10 minutes left before halftime.
The South looked to regain the lead with three and a half minutes left in the half, but the North’s defense held on a fourth-and-goal at the 4-yard line.
The North drove down the field and capped off a drive with a 4-yard scoring run with 13 seconds left.
The South would score two more times in the second half.
Douglas receiver Dylon Case hauled in a 12-yard pass from Wheatland quarterback Colton Caves, while Evanston running back Tyus Cornia drew his team back within three with 8:07 left in the game.
“The kids came out and gave us every opportunity to win,” former Torrington head coach and South offensive coordinator Mark Lenhardt said. “We got stopped on a couple short fourth downs in their territory. You have to give the North a lot credit. Our guys battled.”
Trailing 22-19, the South was unable to get a stop defensively and the North added the dagger score with 4:16 left in the game.
“At the end of the day, they played a little better than we did,” Lenhardt said. “Scoring first helped to get some momentum for us. I thought Colten Caves played a great game. Bentley Johnson threw a touchdown. There were some good things out there from everybody.”