KEARNEY — Austin Jablonski’s second play of his career as a wide receiver had a very familiar feel to it. The former Lincoln Pius X all-city quarterback threw a pass.
The South ran a reverse pass with Jablonski, who hooked up with future Nebraska teammate Garrett Snodgrass for an 11-yard play and a first down on the second play of the game.
“I think everyone probably knew something like that was coming with all the quarterbacks on our team,” Jablonski said. “I’m glad I got to show everyone I can still sling it a little bit.”
South coach Glen Snodgrass said that York was 2-of-2 completing the pass on the same play during his son’s career, “so at least we didn’t ruin that percentage.
“It was wide-open, we completed it, I’m just disappointed we didn’t get a few more yards out of it,” the coach added.
Jablonski had one catch for 3 yards in the game, but he felt it was a good start for what he hopes is a promising career at his new position.
“Every day in camp I felt a little more comfortable with it (the wide receiver position),” Jablonski said. “I didn’t have many catches, but I felt like I blocked really hard and did all the other things wide receivers are expected to do.”
Sellon earns defensive honor: South linebacker Braden Sellon of Lincoln East earned defensive player of the game honors after registering a game-high eight tackles, six of which came in the first half.
“I felt like after that first drive (by the North), we needed to go out and match their physicality and intensity,” said the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Sellon, a Nebraska walk-on. “It was really fun to play in the Shrine Bowl like my dad (Dan Sellon in 1987 from Blair) and play one last game with my brother.”
Braden’s bookend twin brother, 6-4, 235-pound Barrett, played his final football game of his career, registering a tackle for a loss of 2 yards in his only stop of the game. Barrett is also attending NU.
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“He’s all set on being a frat guy, he’s done with football,” Braden said about his brother.
The Lincoln Southwest duo of Nick Leader and TaeVyn Grixby combined for seven tackles. Leader, another NU walk-on prospect, sacked North quarterback Carter Terry for a 14-yard loss in the first quarter.
Rodgers' last football game: Offensive player of the game Alex Rodgers played his last football game Saturday as the Omaha Roncalli multi-sport standout will turn his attention to baseball at Barton County Junior College in Kansas this fall.
“It was bittersweet,” Rodgers said after piling up 121 total yards (78 rushing, 43 receiving) to lead the North to the 32-10 win. “I’m glad I got to strap it up one more time, but I’m also going to miss a sport I love as much as baseball.”
Snodgrass' versatility: Much has been made of Garrett Snodgrass’ ability to play multiple positions through his career, and it was the case again Saturday. He played quarterback, middle linebacker, outside linebacker, wide receiver and tight end at some point during the contest.
He finished with seven tackles defensively.
“I thought Garrett played really on that side of the ball,” his father said. “It seemed like he was in on a lot of plays.”
Even though his South team lost, Glen Snodgrass said the outcome of the game won’t be what will stick with the players.
“These guys will remember the time spent with their teammates and the patients more than they will the game itself,” Coach Snodgrass said. “They made friends for a lifetime and learned about the difficulties that these kids go through every day of their lives.”