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Dinsdale goes out on top G-R graduate helps North end South’s winning streak

July 31, 2016

CEDAR FALLS - Gladbrook-Reinbeck graduate Colton Dinsdale walked off the field at the UNI-Dome a winner ... once again.

Eight months removed from his Class 1A state title with the Rebels, Dinsdale found pay dirt on a 50-yard touchdown, helping the North squad to a record-breaking 49-35 win in the 2016 Iowa Shine Bowl All-Star Football Classic in Cedar Falls.

Dinsdale, who will be playing football at Iowa Western Community College this fall, said he joked with his teammates about being on the green turf at the dome one last time as a prep athlete.

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Gladbrook-Reinbeck graduate Colton Dinsdale receives a pass from North squad quarterback Peyton Hesse during the second quarter of Saturday’s 2016 Shrine Bowl Iowa All-Star Football Classic in Cedar Falls at the UNI-Dome. Dinsdale would later receive a 50-yard touchdown pass from Hesse to help the North team win 49-35.

"I wanted them to win their last high school football game, because I made the joke that I actually won my last high school game, as a state champ," Dinsdale said, tongue in cheek. "I knew coming in I wanted to give these guys the same feeling and give myself that, too."

Waukon's Peyton Hesse found Dinsdale on a vertical route in the second quarter, a 50-yard pass in which Dinsdale broke away from a would-be tackler and had an uncontested path to the endzone. His score came just a series after fumbling at the goal line before teammate Nick Mommer of North Fayette Valley recovered to tie the score 21-21.

The South squad rode in on a five-game win streak which included a 28-0 shutout victory in 2013 and one-score wins - 40-7 in 2014 and 23-7 in 2012 - in that timeframe. That streak was snapped.

The most points scored in a Shine Bowl before Saturday was 77 - a 39-38 win by the South squad in 1987. That record, too, broken with the combined 84 points posted.

The highest amount of points scored by a single team was 41, twice, in 1991 by the North team and in 2008 by the South squad. And yes, that record no longer stands with North's 49, helped in efforts by Isaiah Nimmers' three-touchdown performance. Nimmers was a prep out of Cedar Rapids Washington who will be extending his football career at UNI this fall.

Dinsdale said coming in to Saturday's game, the North team knew exactly was at stake for the band of seniors.

"They had a lot of chants during the week, like 'What side? South side,'" Dinsdale said. "We knew coming in, we were going to let that build. We weren't going to chant anything back. And once we got on the field, we were going to take it to them. And that's what we did."

For South Tama graduate Peyton "Bubba" Rutledge, being the team that couldn't extend the streak was tough to swallow, but at the end of the day, there was a much bigger meaning being played out.

"We love each other. It's brotherly love," Rutledge said. "We all play football and we're all ready to go. We love football. We love each other. We couldn't pull out the win, but in the end, we still love each other."

Rutledge heads off to Grand View University to play football this fall, hoping to "get a business degree while I'm at it."

Marshalltown's Alex Guido saw action on the front lines, coming in with South squad teammate Rutledge during the second and fourth quarters. While the Shrine Bowl only lasts a few hours, the experience of partaking the 'Shrine Bowl Week' was much more impacting than the hits he laid down on the field.

"With the kids, just knowing the kids and what they've been through and what they talked about was a good experience," Guido said. "We played football around for two hours and then we went back to the room and they talked about their stories and how the Shriners helped them. It was a lot of fun. What the Shriners give to them, the Shriner's Hospital. It's amazing."

The Shriner's Hospital for Children has helped raise more than $2 million for children suffering from orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate.

The Marshalltown grad is going on to play football at Graceland University and major in physical education and minoring in special education and coaching. Guido said he will definitely be taking the Shrine Bowl experience with him to his next level of education.



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