Nebraska Shrine Bowl takes center stage

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Football returned on Saturday and there was plenty to celebrate about. 

That was especially true for those wearing the white South team jerseys, winning the 62nd Nebraska Shrine Bowl game 30-6 at UNK’s Cope Stadium.

Three area athletes -- Aurora's Ryan Marlatt, Nate Boerkircher and High Plains' Keaton Van Housen suited up for the South squad and made some plays. 

Boerkircher made a highlight snag in the second quarter, hauling in a 26-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone and wrestling the ball away from the defender in Randy Moss fashion. 

Marlatt played the entire game from the center position for the White team, something he hasn't done since sophomore year of high school while also playing alongside his cousin, Tyler Marlatt of Elmwood-Murdock for the first time. 

Van Housen was the third in his family to suit up for the Shrine Bowl game, joining his father, Paul and uncle Dale who also played in 1988 and 1990. 

For live updates from the sidelines follow us on Twitter @SportsANR and see next week's News-Register for full coverage. 

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