West wins 9-man Shrine Bowl
By Jarann Johnson
During the 2013 football season Noah Johnson was a bit of a do-it-all player for the Center-Stanton Wildcats. He could block, run, catch and play just about anywhere on the field. For his efforts, he was selected to the Shrine Bowl this season.
North Dakota’s top seniors in the state are divided geographically by East and West for the game. But this game was a bit different then what Johnson is used to.
Before he could even blink the West team was up 20-0. Johnson was used to close games that the Wildcats played in, but this was a new experience for him.
Johnson knew from painful experiences just how good and accurate of a quarterback that Taylor Krenz, Grant County-Flasher, was, but he probably didn’t expect to see his former rival turned teammate decimate the East’s hope of a win by making the first 15 passes he threw in the game.
Krenz’s play at quarterback helped the West score on their first four possessions of the game. The quarterback from Grant County-Flasher ended the game throwing for 307 yards and five touchdowns.
The West showed that they were equally as good on the defensive side of the ball, getting through the first three quarters without giving up a touchdown – a rarity in 9-man football. Johnson started in the game at a linebacker position for the West.