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CEDAR FALLS — Iowa City High’s Drew Cornwell nailed three field goals as the South all-stars prevailed for the fourth straight time Saturday in the UNI-Dome, defeating the North, 23-7, in the annual Iowa Shrine Bowl.
Quarterback Eli Dunne, a Northern Iowa recruit and Grinnell High graduate, hit Ankeny Centennial’s Marshall Clark with an 81-yard touchdown pass. Andrew Landgrebe rushed nine yards for a score and Cornwell booted field goals of 28, 29 and 37 yards.
Both South quarterbacks were effective through the air. Dunne finished with six completions in nine tries for 122 yards and the touchdown to Clark. Nate Boland, from Iowa City West and future passer for Iowa Western, connected on eight of 12 throws for 104 yards. He also had 51 yards rushing.
Dike-New Hartford’s Carson Parker hit Ethan Fenchel with a 2-yard TD pass to rack up the North’s only touchdown of the game. A pair of North turnovers — an interception on the North’s first offensive series and a fumble on the opening snap of the third quarter — led to short fields for the South attack.
The South, rolling up a 275-51 advantage in total yards, took a 13-0 halftime lead. That edge grew to 20-0 in the second half before the North countered.
Clark, thanks to his three catches for 126 yards, earned offensive Most Valuable Player honors for the South. Mount Ayr’s Jacob Sobotka was the South defensive MVP.
Sioux City East’s Ronald Nash picked up North offensive MVP honors after catching four passes and returning kickoffs. Kyler Case of South Central Calhoun was the defensive MVP for the North.
The South now leads the Shrine Bowl series, 21-20-1.