KEARNEY, Neb. — Braden Sellon was a thorn in the side of the North offense throughout the 61st Nebraska Shrine Bowl.
By halftime, the South team linebacker from Lincoln East had six unassisted tackles. He finished with a game-high eight, garnering the Clayton Andrews defensive player of the game award.
“I thought I could have played better, but I thought I played decent,” Sellon said after the South’s 32-10 loss to the North. “I obviously didn’t like the final score but we came out and played hard and gave it all we got.”
Sellon said the South coaches told him he would be a defensive starter so he was prepared for his role. But he would have liked to have had a chance to play offense.
“I feel like if they gave me the rock I could bust a couple,” he said.
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By halftime, the North had a 35-25 advantage in plays and kept the pressure on throughout the second half.
The North’s first drive of the second half covered 60 yards and 12 plays. It got inside the South 5 before Sellon stopped Gothenburg’s Trenton Harbur just short of the goal line on second down. Another play for no gain, a penalty and then a loss on a pass let the South turn away the threat.
That stand, Sellon said, was the highlight of the game for him. That, and playing one final time alongside his brother, Barrett.
“It was really fun, a great experience. My dad played in it and had a lot of fun,” Braden said.
The sons of 1987 Shrine Bowler Dan Sellon (Blair) and Husker three-time volleyball All-American Janet Kruse will be enrolled at NU this fall with Braden joining the football team. Barrett doesn’t plan to play football.
“He’s set on being a frat guy,” Braden said.
Edis picks his moments
Lane Edis was the first player from tradition-rich Mullen to play in the Nebraska Shrine Bowl, and the eight-man all-stater provided several key plays for the North.
He intercepted a pass at the South 40 with three minutes left and the North leading 25-10 in its eventual 32-10 win, which was its largest since 28-0 in 1962.
Edis, who said he’s walking on at UNK, also punted for the first time since his junior year. He averaged 37.8 yards on four kicks, with a long of 50.
He said North coaches had auditions for punters on the second day of workouts and he won the job.
Bits and pieces
The North win capped a memorable week for Omaha Burke’s Paul Limongi. He slipped out of the North camp Thursday night for the Omaha Sports Commission Awards, where the Bulldogs won as team of the year and he was nominated for coach of the year. ... About 3,500 attended the game. Many were there only for the Masonic All-Star Marching Band, as evidenced when the stands at Cope Stadium were considerably emptier at the start of the third quarter. ... Caleb Schweigart of Omaha Westside and Joey Johnson of Gretna, last year’s game MVPs, received their Blue Howell and Clayton Andrews awards, respectively, at halftime.