GLADBROOK - Turnovers plagued the Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team in its season opener for the second year in a row, and the Rebels fell 25-7 to Union Community on Friday night at 'The Pit.'
It's the third straight season-opening loss for the Rebels.
This one was driven by a pair of injuries and four turnovers for G-R. The Rebels lost two fumbles and threw two interceptions, leading to 14 points for the Class 2A perennial power Knights.
Union has qualified for the last six state football playoffs while G-R has four straigth postseason berths.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck's first possession ended with an interception thrown by Jake Schuman, and Union running back Isaiah Vaughn eventually put his team ahead with a 13-yard touchdown run.
Vaughn went in from 36 yards to give the Knights a 12-0 lead in the second quarter, and a second Schuman pick set up the Knights in the third period. Quarterback John Boisen capped a short scoring drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, and Union led 19-0 after three.
Justin Carey returned a punt 75 yards to up Union's advantage to 25-0, but G-R's Cameron Murphy countered with an 87-yard scoring return on the ensuing kickoff.
Those were the only points the Rebels got with their anticipated starting quarterback Camden Kickbush and tailback Eric Stoakes out with injuries. Gladbrook-Reinbeck got just six first downs and 92 total yards of offense.
Parker Bown led the Rebels with 32 yards on 15 carries. Schuman was 5-for-17 for 44 yards, connecting three times with Josh Cooley for 26 yards. Logan Flamme had two catches for 18 yards.
Vaughn paced Union with 112 yards rushing on 18 attempts, while Boisen was 3-for-9 passing for 15 yards. The Knights only had nine first downs and 131 yards of offense, but just one turnover.
Linebacker Bryce Ehlers led the G-R defense with six tackles.
The Rebels go on the road for their next two games. Dike-New Hartford (1-0) hosts G-R next Friday, and the Rebels open Class A District 4 play Sept. 12 at BCLUW.
CMB 38, WEST MARSHALL 6
MAXWELL - CMB jumped out to a 38-0 halftime lead and eased its way to a 38-6 victory over West Marshall in the non-district opener for both teams.
West Marshall's lone touchdown came on a 6-yard run from Nick Juel.
The Trojans (0-1) were led by Jared Johnson with 53 rushing yards. Daniel Kelley threw for 87 yards and Juel was the team's leading receiver with 52 yards.
Christopher Sjoblom led the West Marshall defense with 14 tackles, while Johnson and C.J. Berrey had 11 apiece.
The Trojans play their home opener in Week 2, hosting South Hamilton (1-0) in non-district play.
MELCHER-DALLAS 46, COLO-NESCO 22
COLO - Spotting the Saints a 16-point lead, the Colo-NESCO football team was forced to play catch-up all night in a 46-22 loss to Melcher-Dallas Friday in non-district action.
Jacob Hoch rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns and hauled in another score as the Saints (1-0) broke open a 24-14 halftime lead with 16 unanswered points in the third.
Grant Tiarks' 2-yard plunge with 4 seconds left in the first half pulled the Royals (0-1) within 10, but Melcher-Dallas reestablished a 32-14 cushion on Alex Mitchel's 8-yard keeper with 8:35 to play in the third. Mitchel connected with Chase Wetterling just more than 3 minutes later on an 18-yard strike and ran in the ensuing 2-point conversion to put the visitors firmly in control at 40-22.
Mitchel completed 9-of-17 passes for 84 yards and three touchdowns, while also gaining 32 yards on the ground. Tiarks led Colo-NESCO with 69 yards on 20 carries and Christian Reischauer tallied 46 yards and a touchdown on 13 rushes and added his team's first score with a 73-yard kick return late in the first frame. Brady Stoeffler finished 2-of-6 passing for 13 yards and raced in for his team's other score from 16 yards out early in the fourth.
Clayton Bryan led the defense with seven solo tackles and nine assists.