|McGinnis, Sherman lead South to Shrine Bowl win|
|Written by Andy McCallister|
|Tuesday, 05 June 2012 10:08|
| LINCOLN — Crete High graduates Derek McGinnis and Chase Sherman helped pave the way for a decisive 34-18 win for the South team in the 54th Shrine Bowl Saturday at Memorial Stadium.|
McGinnis, who played all but one series at quarterback for the South, engineered five scoring drives, completing 11 of 14 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown while directing a Wing-T offense.
Sherman, who lined up at right guard, was part of an offensive front that rolled up 124 net yards on 44 carries.
McGinnis’ touchdown pass, a 32-yarder to Brandon Reilly of Lincoln Southwest with 6:38 left in the third quarter, gave the South a commanding 24-3 lead and all but put the game away.
McGinnis said that play-action set up the scoring play.
“We ran the ball well all day, and we got a good fake in there and the running back sold it,” he said. “I put it up for Brandon and I knew he’d make a play.”
McGinnis said that he and Reilly, who caught six McGinnis passes for 117 yards and was named the game’s outstanding offensive player, didn’t go into Shrine camp as strangers.
“He came down and we worked out a couple of mornings late in the school year, just throwing it around,” he said. “I knew I could basically put the ball up wherever he wanted it — I just laid it up over his outside shoulder on the touchdown — and he made a lot of plays today.”
Sherman said he was thrilled with the experience of playing on such a potent offensive unit.
“When everybody gets on their blocks, (the Wing-T) really connects,” he said. “This has been one heck of an experience.”
He said that he saw parallels between what his assignments were Saturday and his experience with the Cardinals.
“Just playing guard was a little different, but it has been fun,” he said. “I like pulling a lot, and we pulled a lot as guards in Crete. It’s fun to kick out and block out the defensive ends.”
For more on the Shrine Bowl, see the June 6 print or E-edition of The Crete News.