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Wyatt Mazour and Michael Lipker were the latest Cardinals to have the honor of playing in the Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl all-star football game.
The former Boone Central standouts, who led the Cards to a 13-0 record and Class C1 state championship in 2014, were able to test themselves against some of the state’s finest football players in the 57th edition of the Shrine Bowl Saturday at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
While the ending was not what the duo would have preferred – their North team losing a 31-26 decision in a weather-shortened contest – it was still an exciting way to cap illustrious high school careers.
Mazour, named the 2014 All-Nebraska QB in the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star after this past season, made a position switch for the Shrine Bowl – although not exactly the one he anticipated. He will likely start his walk-on career at the University of Nebraska as a slotback, but assumed running back duties for the North after Omaha North graduate Calvin Strong’s decision to withdraw from the Shrine Bowl for family reasons.
Mazour had missed much of the Shrine Bowl practice schedule with hamstring and quad issues, but was healthy enough Saturday to carry a heavy load for his team. Although three of the North’s touchdowns came on pass plays, Mazour had a large hand in keeping the offense moving – especially in the second half – by rushing for 94 yards in 25 carries.
Lipker started at defensive tackle and alternated series throughout the contest. As an interior lineman, he didn’t rack up a lot of statistics, but was credited with one solo tackle while helping limit the South to 80 yards rushing.
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