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Canby represents Mt. Pleasant at Iowa Shrine Bowl

Jul 31, 2017
Photo by: Bill Gatchel Pat Canby represented Mt. Pleasant High School during the 45th Annual Iowa Shrine All Star Football Classic in Cedar Falls Saturday, July 29.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

CEDAR FALLS — The UNI-DOME in Cedar Falls saw some of Iowa’s very best on Saturday at the Iowa High School Shrine Bowl game. Pat Canby represented Henry County and Mt. Pleasant High School on the south team, which fell in the game, 30-13.

Canby was on the field as a linebacker in the second and fourth quarters, despite starting the week’s practice as a wide receiver. He was switched to linebacker, a more natural position for the Panther senior, midway through the week.

“It was different (but) I can’t say I was nervous,” said Canby about his time in Cedar Falls. “I knew I was going to be going up against a lot tougher athletes. I wasn’t actually nervous but I was really excited to get going and looking forward to playing.”

Canby was one of a handful of southeast Iowa athletes playing on the team. Joining Canby on the south squad was Derek Reiner of Williamsburg, Bryce Sinn of Washington, and Bennett Spry from Oskaloosa.

Canby says he didn’t have specific goals coming into the game, but he feels like he accomplished what he set out to do.

“A lot of it was going out and having fun,” Canby says. “My one goal was to not be embarrassed. I wasn’t embarrassed once (and) I made a lot more plays than I expected.”

Canby bumped heads with players from a variety of classes, as the Shrine Bowl mixes players from every class around Iowa. Combine that with the picking the best players in the state, and the teams look a lot bigger than your average high school squad.

“There were a lot of big lineman (but) my biggest hit was actually on a kickoff,” Canby recalled. “I had never been on a special team before. I ran into this kid and we both kind of fell down after we hit each other.”

Overall, Canby says it was a positive experience, and encourages others to give it a shot if selected to play in the game.

“I’d like to tell everyone that it was a great experience and that if you ever have a chance, do it,” Canby says. “It’s also for a good cause.”

The Shrine Bowl, to date, has raised over $2.3 million for the Shriner’s children’s hospital. That number will bump up when all the proceeds from 2017 are added up.

Canby will continue his education at Iowa Central Community College in the fall, where he will continue to play football. Canby says one thing he will take from his time at Mt. Pleasant is the character traits he learned playing football.

“I really learned that not everything is just about the sport of football, in that a lot of on-field traits that you have to have are also off-the-field traits you have to have,” Canby says. “I think football makes you a better man.”

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