Thompson, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver, caught 14 passes for 265 yards and two scores while adding 45 tackles and three picks defensively as a senior.
He had shoulder surgery after football season, which forced him to miss basketball. But Thompson returned to compete in track in the spring.
"It kind of sucked a bit, but it felt good to get back on the track field and compete with some good athletes and fast athletes," he said.
Burton, a 6-4, 285-pound defensive lineman, made 47 tackles and was named a first-team Super-Stater as a senior.
For Burton, playing in the Shrine Bowl has extra meaning. His older brother Jadyn has cerebral palsy and had more than 20 surgeries growing up. The Burton family made several trips to the Shriners Children's Twin Cities hospital.
"It's a big special part of my heart," Burton said of playing this week. "(Jadyn) will be at the game Saturday. It's really special, especially for my mom. I know that's a big thing for her, too."
While Burton and Thompson will be wrapping up the high school chapter of their playing careers, they'll soon begin to grow closer in college.
"Basically we already determined if I committed and he committed, we were going to be roommates," Burton said.
They'll be arriving on campus at Nebraska on June 14, ready to add to a memory bank loaded with Southeast and midget football memories.
"We just grew up playing the sport we love," Thompson said. "Maddox is a big football player but we also used to play basketball. Playing different sports helped and having that close connection and growing up as friends, it just made us a lot closer."
Thompson and Burton are two of nine Lincoln players set to compete in the Shrine Bowl. Lincoln High's Isaac Montgomery (DL), North Star's Jake Seip (OL) and Lincoln Lutheran's Wyatt Marr (OL) are on the North roster.
Joining the Southeast duo on the South is Lincoln East's DeKendrick McCray (WR/DB) and Grant Springer (WR/LB), Southwest's Grant Miller (WR/DB) and Lincoln Christian's Josh Free (OL/LB).
Photos: Scenes from the 2020 Shrine Bowl, which marked a return to football in a pandemic
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