At a time of year when most teens are toiling at summer jobs, playing baseball, or maybe lounging poolside, Nate Rogers of South Sioux City is having a pretty good month on the football field.
Rogers, named the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Offensive MVP one week ago, caught a pair of touchdown passes Saturday to lead the Red to a 20-10 victory over the White in the inaugural Northeast Nebraska All-Star Classic at Norfolk’s Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Rogers caught five passes for 97 yards in all and was voted the Offensive MVP of the Red squad for his efforts in the area’s first football all-star contest.
“It’s kind of all fun, but once you get between the lines, it’s all business,” Rogers told reporters following the game. “Your football mentality takes over.”
The Albion News area was well-represented in the NEN Classic, with Beau Bremer, Blake Slizoski and Jason Kaufman of Boone Central/Newman Grove; Lindsay Holy Family’s Jackson Schnitzler and Kyle Frauendorfer; and Frank Hartley of Spalding/Spalding Academy. Bill Mimick of Holy Family was an assistant on the White coaching staff.
Despite the June date, it certainly seemed like a football Saturday. On a wet, breezy day that turned cool in the evening, 2,249 grid fans enjoyed pad-popping action provided by some of Northeast Nebraska’s best graduated senior athletes.
It didn’t hurt to have retired Hall of Fame Coach Bob Schnitzler back on the sideline, either.
Schnitzler brought his trademark Battle Creek brand of hard-nosed power football with him – and had a more recent Brave for the focal point of his offense.
Travis Wright, a quarterback and linebacker at Battle Creek last season, lined up as an I-back Saturday and pounded out 127 rushing yards on 30 carries to earn Offensive MVP honors for the Whites.
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