Reifschneider, Ruth set for Shrine Bowl

By Steve Sell
July 26, 2017

It’s one last go-around as McPherson Bullpups for Jack Reifschneider and Jared Ruth when they compete on Saturday in the 44th annual Kansas Shrine Bowl Football Game at Butler County Community College’s BG Product Sports Complex in El Dorado.

They will be members of the West team. Game time is 7 p.m. Gates will be open at 5 p.m.

“I can't wait to see our guys compete again in a Bullpup helmet on Saturday,” MHS coach Jace Pavlovich said. “They both deserve to play and will no doubt represent our program and community well. They have been performing well in camp so far this week according to Marc (Marinelli), the West coach.”

Reifschneider and Ruth, both of whom earned All-State recognition, will be continuing their careers at Fort Hays State. Reifschneider could play a few positions on Saturday, anywhere from wide receiver to defensive back to kick returner. Ruth will be on the offensive line.

Both are hoping to make their mark on Fort Hays this fall.

“Jared has a chance to be an early impact kid for Fort Hays,” Pavlovich said. “He already has the size and strength to play at that level, but he will need some time to adjust to the speed and violence of the college game. Jack is a kid that will go to Fort Hays and many folks will not give him a chance due to his stature.  That is what I love about coach (Chris) Brown and his staff at Fort Hays is that they don't care how big or small the kid is. Jack will get his chance to be on the field for the Tigers, but he will have to continue to stick with it and keep getting better.”  

The Bullpups have had a player in the Shrine Bowl every year since 2008. Tanner Hawkinson was picked for that year’s game, but did not compete as he was at KU camp.

Zach Peterson was the 2009 representative, followed by Joel Piper, Christian Ulsaker, Jordan Hart, Collin French, Garrett Larson, Ty Hart and Jake Nikkel.