High School Football

T-R FILE PHOTO • Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior wide receiver Walker Thede (7) tries to break free from St. Ansgar’s Skylar Blunt (3) during their Class A state quarterfinal football game Nov. 4 in St. Ansgar. Thede earned his third all-state honor from the Iowa Newspaper Association.

Seven Rebels attain top status

DES MOINES — The Marshalltown area football teams were unable to advance to the UNI-Dome this fall, but a number of local preps were honored with selection to the Iowa Newspaper Association’s annual all-state football teams. Gladbrook-Reinbeck, which qualified for its eighth-straight ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Gladbrook-Reinbeck players Walker Thede (7) and Matt Johannsen (13) walk off the field holding the state participant trophy after the Rebels 35-7 loss to St. Ansgar in the Class A quarterfinals on Friday night.

Rebels ousted in quarterfinals

ST. ANSGAR — As a brisk wind blew dry the tears lingering on John Olson’s face, a team other than his own was celebrating a state quarterfinal victory. For the first time in four years, the Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team was stopped short of the UNI-Dome as the No. 7 Rebels were handled ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Gladbrook-Reinbeck quarterback Hunter Lott (10) turns the corner past Wapsie Valley defender Carson Kerns (52) during Friday’s Class A state football playoff game in Fairbank. Lott threw for 88 yards and a touchdown as the No. 7 Rebels defeated the No. 4 Warriors 14-0 in their first-round pairing.

Rebels put Warriors on ice

FAIRBANK — A blast of arctic weather hit the state just in time to give Friday’s opening round of the Iowa State Football Playoffs an almost professional playoff atmosphere, as the sub-freezing temperatures felt more like January than late October. That cold weather couldn’t cool down ...

PREP FOOTBALL: Trojans close with win at Roland-Story

STORY CITY — Beau Coberley racked up 116 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns to lead the West Marshall football team to a season-ending, 22-20 victory over Roland-Story in Friday’s Class 2A District 3 showdown. Coberley ran for a season-high 121 yards on 16 carries, while quarterback ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • West Des Moines Valley running back Creighton Mitchell, top, jumps over Marshalltown sophomore Justice Richardson (4) on his way to scoring at the end of the first quarter in the Tigers’ 69-0 win over the Bobcats on Friday.

Valley vaults past Bobcats, 69-0

It was clear early on in Friday’s Class 4A District 4 game between Marshalltown and West Des Moines Valley at Leonard Cole Field that the Tigers and Bobcats were on two completely different levels as teams. Second-ranked Valley scored 28 points in the first quarter on their way to a 69-0 ...

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ROSS THEDE • East Marshall senior quarterback Tyler DeBondt, left, scrambles out of the grasp of Dike-New Hartford defender Daniel Graves during the first quarter of their Class 2A District 3 football game Friday night in Le Grand. The Wolverines won 42-20.

Mustangs can’t escape D-NH

LE GRAND — Already assured of its first winning season since 2005, the East Marshall football team wanted to make some more history. Dike-New Hartford had its own ideas. The Wolverines (6-3, 5-4) secured second place in Class 2A District 3 and a playoff berth by beating back East ...

PHOTO BY TROY HYDE/NEWTON DAILY NEWS • Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Walker Thede (7) is brought down after a gain during the eighth-ranked Rebels’ 28-7 win over Colfax-Mingo on Friday night in Colfax.

Rebels clinch playoff berth with big second half

COLFAX — Gladbrook-Reinbeck coach John Olson doesn’t believe in screaming and yelling at his players when things don’t go well. But Olson and his coaching staff made sure the Rebel players knew they were disappointed in them after a sluggish first half against Colfax-Mingo on ...

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PREP FOOTBALL: Colo-NESCO closes with district win

THORNBURG — The Colo-NESCO football team won its final game of the regular season on Friday with a 34-28 victory on the road over 8-Man District 5 opponent Tri-County. Philip Bower had 168 yards rushing and three touchdowns for the Royals (6-3, 5-2), while Francis Bower toted the rock five ...

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G-R’s Olson named to U.S. Cellular coaching list

REINBECK — Gladbrook-Reinbeck football head coach John Olson was recently named to the U.S. Cellular Top 15 Most Valuable Coaches list, a campaign launched to highlight and recognize current high school head and assistant coaches who have made a profound impact on their schools and ...

PREP FOOTBALL: GMG football falls to North Tama

GARWIN — The GMG football team lost a Class A Division 5 football game at home on Friday to North Tama, 37-6. The Wolverines (0-8, 0-6) were led offensively by Brayden Peterson, who had six catches for 72 yards and the lone touchdown of the game. Kolton Gill finished 8-for-13 with 85 ...

South Hardin shut out in season finale

ELDORA — The South Hardin football team suffered its eighth-straight loss to end the season, falling 35-0 to Roland-Story in Friday’s Class 2A District 3 contest. The Tigers (1-8, 0-6), who have a Week 9 bye after rearranging their schedule to accommodate for Collins-Maxwell/Baxter’s ...

IHSSN adds streaming to coverage

WEST DES MOINES — The Iowa High School Sports Network announced on Wednesday the addition of over-the-top content streaming packages to the IHSSN Championship Network. Viewers will now be able to access all 88 hours of live Iowa high school state championship programming on Sling TV, Hulu, ...

PREP FOOTBALL: West Marshall rolls Saydel 46-8

DES MOINES — The West Marshall football team earned another Class 2A District 3 win over Saydel on the road on Friday, winning 46-8. Quarterback Cameron Bannister had 201 yards passing for the Trojans (5-3, 3-2), as well as two passing touchdowns. He also led West Marshall in rushing with ...

T-R PHOTO BY REESE STRICKLAND • Marshalltown’s Blake Linsenmeyer, right, brings down Southeast Polk’s Nathan Marchand (23) during the host Rams’ 52-0 shutout of the Bobcats on Friday night at Rams Stadium in Pleasant Hill.

Southeast Polk shuts out Bobcats, 52-0

PLEASANT HILL — Shane Starcevich threw for 207 yards and four touchdowns as Southeast Polk blanked Marshalltown 52-0 in Friday’s Class 4A District 4 contest. The host Rams (5-3, 3-1) had their way offensively, scoring 28 first-quarter points and cruising to the shutout win. They handed ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Colo-NESCO running back Philip Bower races down the sideline on his way to scoring a 65-yard touchdown on Friday while Moravia junior Cole Ballenger gives chase during the Mohawks’ 30-22 win over the Royals.

Royals’ fast start foiled by Moravia, 30-22

COLO — At one point in the first half of Friday’s 8-Man District 5 football game between Colo-NESCO and Moravia, the Royals owned a 22-6 lead over the Mohawks, but that wasn’t enough to secure the lead as Moravia scored the final 24 points in the game to take a 30-22 victory. Colo-NESCO ...

PREP FOOTBALL: Rebels rebound by blanking Belle Plaine

INDEPENDENCE — Just six days after its first loss of the season — and first loss in several seasons — the Class A No. 8 Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team got back to its winning ways with a Class A District 5 win over Belle Plaine, 43-0, on Friday night at Independence High ...

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Bobcat gridders prepare for Southeast Polk on short week

The Marshalltown football team was presented with a unique obstacle heading into its matchup with Class 4A Division 4 rival Southeast Polk on Friday. Due to the game against Fort Dodge being postponed to Saturday last weekend, the Bobcats are on a shorter week than they are used to. Add on a ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • West Marshall running back Alex Dickey powers through a tackle by South Hardin’s Tyler Briggs during the Trojans’ 48-0 shellacking of the Tigers in State Center on Monday night.

Trojans trample Tigers on Senior Night

STATE CENTER — At halftime, the West Marshall football team owned a 32-0 lead over South Hardin on Monday night in a Class 2A District 3 game rescheduled from Friday due to bad weather. The lofty lead was thanks in large part to three Tigers turnovers in the second quarter, but it wasn’t ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • North Tama’s Tyler Morrison (11) runs out of the tackle attempt by Grand View Christian defender Colin Muir (7) during the first quarter of Monday’s Class A District 5 football game in Traer. Morrison ran for three touchdowns in North Tama’s 33-20 win.

Redhawks strike down Thunder

TRAER — Lightning forced the postponement of North Tama’s Homecoming football game from Friday night, but the Redhawks never let the Thunder get rolling. North Tama resisted Grand View Christian’s one-dimensional offense and made enough plays of its own to capture a 33-20 victory in ...

PREP FOOTBALL: AGWSR blanks Clarksville, 38-0

ACKLEY — The AGWSR football team won a 8-man District 2 football game over Clarksville on Friday 38-0 at home. The Cougars (4-3, 2-2) did mot of their damage on the ground, with Alec Stahl leading the way with 64 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown. Liam Stubbe also had a score for AGWSR, ...