Dinsdale helps North end 5-year drought in Shrine Bowl

CEDAR FALLS – A combined 853 yards of offense and a record 84 points scored made Saturday’s 44th annual Shrine Bowl an entertaining event inside the UNI-Dome.

The traditional contest that features the state’s premier senior prep football players went to the North squad, which ended a five-year drought in the series against the South, 49-35.

Gavin Dinsdale, a recent Webster City High School graduate and a Class 3A first-team all-state running back for the Lynx last fall, was a part of the winning North team. Playing primarily at fullback, Dinsdale rushed three times for five yards and also caught a pair of passes out of the backfield for 15 yards.

Dinsdale also played plenty on special teams.

“Playing in the Shrine Bowl was really fun,” Dinsdale, who will play football at Grand View University in Des Moines this fall, said. “The long hot practices and sweating in the dorms were all worth it after beating the South team.”

It was a perfect cap to a brilliant senior season for Dinsdale. Added to last fall, his teams went 12-1 on the gridiron. He also won a 2A state wrestling title at 220 pounds this past winter.

Dinsdale leaves WCHS as the football program’s all-time rushing leader and the wrestling program’s all-time wins leader.

A 21-point second-quarter surge by the North enabled it to rally from an early 21-7 deficit. Ahead 28-21 at the half, the North put two more touchdowns on the board in the third quarter to extend its lead to 42-28.

The North out-gained the South, 431-422. West Delaware’s Coy Roussel and Fort Dodge’s Sam Cook led the North with 57 yards rushing each. Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Colton Dinsdale accrued 102 yards of total offense, including 86 through the air.

Pella all-state quarterback and future Iowa Hawkeye Noah Clayberg led all players with 227 yards of total offense. He passed for 118 and two touchdowns and rushed for 109 more yards and an additional two TD’s for the South.

Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Jalen Rima, who will join the UNI Panthers’ program in the fall, caught both scoring passes from Clayberg.

The Shrine Bowl is the largest fundraiser for the Shrine hospitals on a yearly basis. The 2015 game accrued in excess of $80,000 for the organization.

In addition to spending the week learning plays and practicing together, all of the players got the chance to visit a Shrine hospital and meet with patients.

“Getting the chance to play with some of the kids from the Shrine hospital was very fulfilling,” Dinsdale said.