CASPER – For the first time since 2012, the South team was victorious at the Wyoming Shrine Bowl.
The South overcame a 20-7 third quarter deficit to defeat the North 34-32 in the 48th annual edition of the all-star football game which helps raise money for the Shriner’s Hospital.
Niobrara County’s Drake Lamp represented the Tiger program in the winning effort.
The comeback began late in the third quarter with a pair of scores in the final minute of the quarter.
Cokeville’s Nate Barnes rushed for a 13-yard score, while Cheyenne East’s Julian Vigil recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score.
The second touchdown and ensuing two-point conversion put the South in front 28-26 heading into the final 15 minutes of play.
The South reached the endzone for a third straight possession when Jake Rayl of Cheyenne East hauled in a 17-yard pass from Cheyenne East quarterback Graden Buell in the first minute of the fourth quarter to take a 34-26 advantage.
However, the North wasn’t done.
The North drove 99 yards in the final three minutes of the game. With 47 seconds left on the clock, Thunder Basin’s Dyse Shepherd caught a 26-yard TD pass from Cody quarterback Caleb Prior to bring the North within two.
The game-tying two-point conversion failed, and so did the North’s ensuing onside kick.
The South recovered the kick, allowing them to take a knee twice, ultimately running out the clock.