DODGE CITY — Running back Austin Moore and lineman Kiefer Tucker, both of Louisburg, and back Brendan Ohlmeier of Paola ended their high school football careers by representing the East Squad against the West in the annual Kansas Shrine Bowl.
Moore, Tucker and Ohlmeier played for the East Squad in the all-star senior high school football game held at Memorial Stadium on June 8.
The West Squad took the momentum on a trick play and went on to win it 26-7.
Great Bend quarterback Kody Brack waved his hand to send Travis Theis in motion. Theis ran past Brack and got the handoff at the snap.
Theis ran to the sideline and then tossed the ball to Trey Sides of Phillipsburg, who ran into the backfield from his receiver position. Sides threw a 35-yard pass to Parker Roth of Hesston.
Assistant coach for the East Squad was Louisburg head coach Robert Ebenstein. Ebenstein coached the offensive line.
The Louisburg Wildcats, 10-1, captured a Class 4A regional title and were undefeated in league play this season.
Austin Moore, the Spotlight offensive player of the year, was a first-team selection at running back and linebacker.
Moore ran the ball 198 times for 1,428 yards and 21 touchdowns. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry.
On the other side of the football, Moore led the Wildcats in tackles with 85. He had seven tackles for a loss of yardage, three quarterback sacks and forced two fumbles.
Tucker was a first-team selection at offensive and defensive line for the Wildcats. He was part of an offensive line that produced more than 3,500 yards.
Ohlmeier, the Spotlight defensive player of the year, was first-team linebacker. He made a team-leading 85 tackles with six tackles for a loss.
The Kansas Shrine Bowl is one of the premier all-star football games as it features the best high school seniors from each side of the state.
Moore and Ohlmeier were selected to the team in December. Shrine Bowl rules stipulate that only one player from each school can be chosen.
However, a spot opened up on the team, and Tucker got a text from Ebenstein about joining the roster.
Tucker was a first team All-Frontier League player on both sides of the line for the Louisburg Wildcats.
Moore was first-team all-league, all-state and player of the year. He started at linebacker.
The Kansas Shrine Bowl is an all-star high school senior, East vs. West, football game put on each year in Kansas by the Kansas Shrine. It is a non-profit charity that produces annual events and related activities, with net proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Kansas Shrine Bowl has sent more than $2 million to Shriners Hospitals for Children.