KEARNEY – Three area players will compete in the 61st annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl football game in Kearney on June 1.
The game featuring the top football players from across the state of Nebraska will be played at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium Foster Field at 2 p.m.
Saturday’s game culminates a week long journey for the players, which includes a trip to Chicago to visit the Shriner’s Hospital.
Bishop Neumann’s Caden Johnson and Wahoo’s Sam Kolterman and Jack Sutton will take on the unfamiliar role of being teammates after battling it out against each other over the last four seasons.
The 6’3” 245-pound Johnson will continue his football career at the South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota.
Johnson earned Super-State recognition after an outstanding season on the gridiron for the Bishop Neumann Cavaliers. The C-1 all-state defensive captain finished with 93 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and eight sacks during his senior season.
Kolterman will continue his football career at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.
Kolterman played all four years for the Warriors, starting at linebacker his sophomore, junior and senior campaigns. He earned All-State honors in 2017 and 2018 while spearheading the Warrior stop unit.
The 6’1” 200-pound linebacker finished second on the team with 101 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, seven sacks, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks.
Sutton will take a different route after the Shrine Bowl and will trade in his cleats for wrestling shoes. Sutton will wrestle for the University of Nebraska Kearney, in the fall after winning back-to-back state championships in Class B.
On the football field, the 6’4” 255-pound Sutton, dominated opponents on both sides of the ball for the 10-2 Warriors.
Sutton played offensive tackle and on the defensive side of the ball Sutton finished with 63 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks and forced fumble from his defensive tackle spot.
All three players will compete for the North team in Kearney.