Two From County To Play In Shrine Game


Two Montgomery County athletes will be suiting up with some of the best football players in the state at the 2022 Illinois Coaches Association Shrine All-Star Football Game on June 18 in Bloomington.

Nokomis senior Landon Engelman and Hillsboro senior Magnus Wells will both play for the Red Team in the event, which showcases senior football players throughout Illinois and raises funds and awareness for Shriners Hospitals.

Engelman, who was selected at safety, was injured for half of this season, but his career body of work made him an easy pick for the Shrine game. As a junior, Engelman led Nokomis with six interceptions, despite an abbreviated six-game schedule, upping his career total to seven overall. He also had 42 total tackles in 25 games for the Redskins.

On the other side of the ball, Engelman rushed for more than 1,300 yards with 18 rushing touchdowns

Wells, who was selected for the defensive line, was second on the team in tackles this year with 21 solo and 29 assists. He also had two sacks and forced a fumble for the Toppers.

A second team All-SCC pick as an offensive lineman and defensive lineman as a junior, Wells earned first team honors on the D-line as a senior, plus second team honors on the O-line and at punter.

In addition to the two Montgomery County players, Southwestern’s Gavin Day will line up at cornerback, while Pana’s Kyle Kuhn was a pick at inside linebacker. Pana Head Coach Trevor Higgins was one of six coaches selected to coach the Red Team.

Several Montgomery County players have played in the Shrine Game in the past, including Nokomis' Austin Chausse and Lukas Hamlin and Hillsboro's Jeremy Conor, Nicolo Casarta, Jordan Gregg and Jace Tuetken.

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