GILBERT - A five-touchdown performance by Gilbert quarterback Jared Gescheidler lifted the Tigers to a three-way tie atop Class 2A District 7 with a 40-14 upset victory over third-ranked West Marshall in Friday's regular-season finale.
Gilbert (6-3, 5-1) gained the top spot in the district's postseason seedings and will host a first-round playoff game against Red Oak on Wednesday.
West Marshall (8-1, 5-1) saw its 28-game district streak ended abruptly as Gescheidler answered everything the Trojans threw at Gilbert in the first half. He scored on runs of 1, 1 and 2 yards to counter West Marshall's scoring runs from Duncan Ferch and Devin Chesler.
Chesler's 58-yard TD dash gave the Trojans their first and last lead of the night, 14-13, during the second quarter. Gilbert scored the game's final 27 points to leapfrog West Marshall and North Polk in the district standings.
Gescheidler tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass to Wyatt Rhoads to end the first-half scoring and tacked on a 5-yard scoring run in the third quarter. Christopher Culek finished off the Trojans with a 5-yard TD plunge in the fourth.
Ferch finished with 167 yards on just 17 carries, and Chesler had 109 yards on 12 attempts, but the West Marshall defense was taken for a season-high allowance. Jared Johnson and Chesler tallied 13 tackles apiece to lead the Trojans.
Despite the loss, West Marshall will still host its first-round state playoff game on Wednesday in State Center. The Trojans will entertain Clarinda (4-5) in a 7 p.m. pairing.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck 48, GMG 9
GLADBROOK - Chase Clark racked up his sixth 200-yard rushing performance, piling on three touchdowns as the Class A No. 9-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck Rebels claimed the program's first-ever outright district title with a 48-9 rout of GMG in Friday's regular-season finale.
The Rebels (7-2, 6-0) will host Postville (4-5), the fourth seed from District 3, in Wednesday's state playoff opener at 'The Pit' in Gladbrook. It's G-R's fourth straight state playoff appearance.
Clark rumbled 18 times for 200 yards and touchdown runs of 1, 4 and 10 yards to up his season rushing total to a Class A-leading 1,737 yards.
Rebel quarterback Camden Kickbush contributed a 5-yard touchdown run as G-R got out to a 21-0 lead after the first period on the visiting Wolverines (4-5, 2-4), and his 26-yard TD pass to Colton Dinsdale answered GMG's 24-yard field goal by Austin Vaughn.
Clark's third and final scoring run made it 35-3 at the half. Dustin Dinsdale and Eric Stoakes both ran for touchdowns in the second half as Gladbrook-Reinbeck racked up 438 yards rushing and 477 yards total.
Kickbush ended with 85 yards rushing on just four attempts and also threw for 39 yards on 4-for-6 passing. Stoakes totaled 68 yards and Dustin Dinsdale had 59 more for the Rebels.
Tyler Eiffler led the Rebel defense with 5 1/2 tackles and one quarterback sack. Dustin Dinsdale had five tackles, including 3 1/2 for loss. Zach Pierce picked up 1 1/2 sacks.
GMG was limited to 94 yards of total offense. Bridger Claassen's third-quarter touchdown pass to Luke Petty covered 5 yards for the Wolverines' lone tally.
Claassen finished 8-for-12 passing for 88 yards, and Bryce Newcomb hauled in three balls for 52 yards. Vaughn was GMG's leading rusher with 22 yards on 13 carries. Brock Fisher led GMG's defense with 11 tackles, while Tyler Krull and Alec Bovenmeyer had eight apiece. Bovenmeyer also recovered a fumble.