High School Football

T-R FILE PHOTO • Gladbrook-Reinbeck head football coach John Olson walks off the UNI-Dome turf with the school’s first of two consecutive Class A state championship trophies after his Rebels defeated Akron-Westfield 52-20 on Nov. 19, 2015, in Cedar Falls. A year later, G-R defeated Bishop Garrigan 20-19 to successfully defend that title.

Living the dream

CEDAR FALLS — A seventh-grade John Olson paced the sidelines of a fifth-grade basketball team. Mostly clueless to what he was really doing, a passion was instilled in him then; a way for him to make young kids better men. He loved it; he knew since he was in 10th-grade that he wanted to ...

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior linebacker Thomas Mussig (54) pursues St. Ansgar fullback Parker Hendrickson (44) during the Class A state semifinal football game Nov. 11 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. Mussig finished fourth in Class A in total tackles en route to being named first-team all-state by the Iowa Newspaper Association.

Mussig’s motor kept G-R rolling

DES MOINES — For the second consecutive year, the Iowa Newspaper Association’s Class A all-state team captain honor has gone to a Rebel. 2016 INA ALL-STATE FOOTBALL RELEASE.pdf Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior middle linebacker Thomas Mussig spearheaded Class A’s stingiest defense, ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Parker Bown celebrates by 
raising his hand and the Class A state championship trophy after the Rebels’ 20-19 win against Bishop Garrigan on Thursday at the UNI-Dome. The win gave
Gladbrook-Reinbeck back-to-back state titles and the first perfect season in school history.

Rebels reign again

CEDAR FALLS — For the first time since 2009, a team defended its state title at the Class A level. The second-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team used its best-in-the-state defense to fend off a late answer from No. 4 Bishop Garrigan to win its second-straight state title. ...

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Gladbrook-Reinbeck wide receiver Matt Johannsen (13) celebrates with Matt Roeding (5) after hauling in a touchdown catch in the fourth quarter of the Class A state title game against Bishop Garrigan Thursday at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. The score was Johannsen’s first of his career, and ended up being the game-winning TD in the 20-19 win.

Johannsen falls down, gets back up

CEDAR FALLS — Coming into Thursday’s Iowa High School Class A State Football Championship game, 96.4 percent of Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s completions went to a receiver not named Matt Johannsen. Having just three receptions through the Rebels’ first 12 games of the season, the junior wide ...

T-R GRAPHIC

Defense drives Rebels, Golden Bears into title game

Points are expected to come at a premium when the two stingiest defenses in Class A collide in today’s state championship football game. Second-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck, allowing a state-best 6.0 points per game, and No. 4 Bishop Garrigan of Algona, which has surrendered just 7.25 points ...

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Bobcat trio named to all-district first team

Three Marshalltown football players were named to the Class 4A District 4 all-district team. Defensive back Reese Hageman, linebacker Maddux Richardson and offensive lineman Cole Wilson were all named as first-team, all-district players this year, helping the Bobcats to a 2-7, 1-4 ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Parker Bown raises his helmet in celebration after the Rebels 28-14 win against No. 1 St. Ansgar in the Class A semifinals at the UNI-Dome on Friday. G-R reached its third-straight Class A title game, the most by any school in state history.

Marching on

CEDAR FALLS — The Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team has been so well-trained that doing the right thing at the absolute wrong time went unnoticed by the coaching staff. Thanks to defense that has become so synonymous with the Rebels’ seven-straight trips to the playoffs, the untimely ...

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s potent aerial attack features a bevy of capable pass-catchers. Pictured behind starting center Jed Peterson are, from left: receivers Erik Knaack, Walker Thede and Matt Johannsen, quarterback Hunter Lott, fullback Gage Murty and receiver Matt Roeding.

Potent passing attack a part of Rebels’ return to Dome

REINBECK — The past two years, the passing game of the Gladbrook-Reinbeck football has taken a backseat to the run game. Now as the Rebels embark on their third-straight trip to the UNI-Dome, it’s the passing game’s turn to take center stage. When No. 2 Gladbrook-Reinbeck heads into its ...

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • The Gladbrook-Reinbeck defense has helped carry the football team back to the state semifinals for the third year in a row. Pictured from left: Mason Skovgard, Jacob Walters, Parker Bown, Gage Murty and Rhett Barnes have been leading the Rebels up front.

It’s a clash of Class A’s titans

REINBECK — Grab your popcorn bright and early Friday morning, and settle in for the top offense going head-to-head with the top defense. That’s what fans will be treated to when No. 1 Saint Ansgar and No. 2 Galdbrook-Reinbeck get together at 10:06 a.m. Friday for the first semifinal of ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Erik Knaack (11) eludes Montezuma defender Zach Henry on his way to scoring an 18-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. The Rebels won 35-0 and advanced to the UNI-Dome for the third-straight year.

Zoomin’ by ’Zuma

GLADBROOK — The Rebels don’t talk about last year. They haven’t all season and they won’t start now. The Class A No. 2 Rebels (11-0) are headed back to the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls for the third-straight year after a 35-0 shutout win against No. 8 Montezuma on Friday night at home. ...

Rebels refuse to relent

GLADBROOK - It wasn't pretty, but the Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team was the one to come out on top. Because the Rebels survived, they're advancing.Second-ranked G-R allowed No. 10 Lynnville-Sully to score on the first possession of the game, but the Rebels played bend-but-don't-break-defense ...

Cougars can’t keep pace with No. 7 Central, 58-26

ELKADER - There was no lack of emotion from the AGWSR football team Friday night as the buzzer sounded for the final time and on its season after a 58-26 loss to No. 7 Central Community in the first round of the 8-Man playoffs.In their first season of 8-Man football, the Cougars finished the ...

State Football Playoffs

Here is a complete list of scores from the first round of the Iowa High School State Football Playoffs, and a pairings list of next Friday's quarterfinal games from across the state.State Football PlayoffsFirst RoundFriday's ScoresCLASS 4AAnkeny Centennial 34, Ankeny 24Cedar Rapids Prairie 66, ...

AGWSR closes regular season with rout of North Cedar

ACKLEY - The AGWSR football team didn't need to complete a pass to rout North Iowa 68-26 in Friday's regular-season finale.Senior Nathan Karsjens was 0-for-2 and junior Aaron Roelfs was 0-for-2 in the passing game, but junior Liam Stubbe and freshman Lucas Starr were able to carry the load for ...

Rebels and Cougars learn state playoff fate

The reigning Class A state champions will stay at home, while an 8-Man newcomer sets out on the road.The opening round of the Iowa state football playoffs were announced on a live webcast by the Iowa High School Sports Network on Saturday morning, starting with the smallest class and working ...

Rebels roll to 9-0

GLADBROOK - The Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team has played in the state championship game the past two years. Yet the Rebels did something Friday night previously never done before in school history.With a 73-0 win against Colfax-Mingo in Class A District 5 play, the second-ranked Rebels ...

Top-ranked Valley routs Bobcats 49-0

WEST DES MOINES - Don Knock and the Marshalltown football team got to witness firsthand just how good the No. 1 team in the state is on Friday night.The Tigers (9-0, 6-0 Class 4A District 4) put up 35 points in the first quarter en route to a 49-0 shutout in the final game of the regular ...

Prep playoff pairings set for webcast

The number of Iowa high school state football playoff qualifiers has been cut in half, but the wait for the postseason pairings has been extended.The Iowa High School Athletic Association's Board of Control announced in June its change to reduce the number of playoff qualifiers from 32 to 16 ...

Comets close with lone win

CONRAD - The BCLUW football team scored more points than it had since its 2014 opener to avoid its first winless season since 2009 with Friday's 33-22 victory against MFL-MarMac on Friday night.Clay Silver rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown, had three catches for 45 yards and another score, ...

Spartans shut out North Butler, 55-0

GREENE - The Grundy Center football team blanked North Butler 55-0 Friday in Class A District 3 action, scoring 48 points in the first half.Drew Rathe scored twice in the first quarter for the Spartans (5-3, 4-2), first hauling in a 27-yard touchdown pass from Jake Bangasser, and returning a ...