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Jaydon Knight saw the football field for the first time in months in his 2023 debut playing in the Iowa Shrine Bowl All-Star Classic. The Bowl hosted 95 student-athletes this year where they were split into two teams.
Knight found himself on the South team on Saturday where his team was able to get on the board first with a touchdown to open up the second quarter after TJ Duff of Interstate 35 blocks and recovers a punt, setting the South squad up for a first and goal to help them find the endzone.
The North team had a rocky start with holding on offense in the second quarter to put them back 10 yards from thegoal and then a loose ball that they allowed the South to recover on their own 42 yard line. Knight went on to force the ball carrier out of bounds halfway through the second, which would later lead to a pick for the South on the 18 yard line with a minute left before halftime.
The South squad was unable to do make anything happen before the minute was up, leaving them ahead at the half, 7-0. The North squad may not have started out hot, but they came out of the locker room after the half ready for what the South had to offer.
Knight opened the third quarter with a tackle, but just two downs later the North team found the endzone to tie the game 7-7. Nine minutes into the third, the North finds the endzone for the second time of the quarter, putting them on top of the South squad.
The South found some strugggles on offense, where they had an illegal formation with four in the backfield moving them back five yards where they would eventually running of downs.
Knight divided on two tackles in the third quarter, but shortly after the North finds the endzone for the third time, making the score to start the fourth quater, 22-7 after the North had an incompelte kick.
The South battled back against the North where they threw a 20 yard pass to put them on the one yard line which allowed the South to take the ball to the house making the score 22-15 after completing a two-point conversion.
The North and South squads found themselves in a scramble on the 44 yard line in the latter half of the fourth where the ball was in the South’s posession.
The ball got stripped from the South’s ball carrier allowing the the North to make a 44 yard run to score their fourth touchdown, putting them ahead 29-15.
The South was unable to push any more points onto the North Squad, leading the final score of the 2023 Shine Bowl All-Star Classic to be the North 29, and the South 15.
Knight and his team played a great game on Saturday despite the loss. He now looks forward to his future as a student-athlete at Pittsburg State this coming fall.