Hanna Sparkles in South Victory

By Jacob Bemis (Story) and Josh Christensen (Video)


By Josh Christensen

CEDAR FALLS — In the final football game of his career, Cedar Rapids Prairie graduate Jace Hanna outdueled former Cedar Rapids Xavier quarterback Reggie Schulte.

Hanna helped the South whip the North, 28-0, Saturday in the Iowa Shrine Bowl at the UNI-Dome.

Hanna completed six of seven passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

“It’s bittersweet knowing this is my last game, but knowing I’m moving into the future,” Hanna said. “It meant a lot being able to play with the best kids from around the state and the best coaches from around the state.”

With his team up 7-0 in the second quarter, Hanna connected with Atlantic’s Sam Markham for a 32-yard touchdown pass to put the South ahead by two touchdowns.

Hanna was back at work in the fourth quarter, connecting with West Des Moines Valley’s Clint Boffeli on a fourth-and-4 for another 32-yard touchdown to give the South a 28-0 lead.

“(My future Iowa Western teammates and I) were jawing it up,” Boffeli said. “It was fun. It’s just friendly.”

It was a different story for Schulte.

The recipient of a $2,000 scholarship during halftime, Schulte completed just four passes and threw three interceptions in the second half — including one returned for a touchdown.

“It wasn’t the best day today, but after working with the kids (from Shriners Hospitals) yesterday it’s hard to feel sorry for yourself for a bad football game,” Schulte said. “It’s just an exhibition game to have some fun.

“Obviously, I would have liked to play better but it’s not the end of the world. I just have to come to the University of Northern Iowa prepared and keep working.”

Schulte finished with 106 passing yards, five interceptions and no touchdowns.

North Scott’s Randy Schmidt started the game by completing a 50-yard pass to Dowling’s Mathew Haack. The South scored three plays later on Schmidt’s pass to Boffeli to go ahead 7-0.

“We planned (that first play) all week and executed it well,” Schmidt said. “Our receivers did a heck of a job just making plays all night.”

After getting hit nearly a dozen times, Schulte was bleeding from his right arm.

He doesn’t think expect to to affect him for the state baseball tournament this week, however. Xavier plays Sioux City East at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

“The turf isn’t too fun to get tackled on, but it’ll be good,” he said.

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