High School Football

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Gage Murty (33) makes a leaping reception in front of Dike-New Hartford defender Grant Bixby (16) during the first half of Friday’s non-district football game at The Pit in Gladbrook. Gladbrook-Reinbeck won its 25th-consecutive contest, beating the Wolverines 19-7.

Rebels rip off 25th straight

GLADBROOK — When Class A No. 2 Gladbrook-Reinbeck and Dike-New Hartford lined up across the field Friday night at The Pit, the action on the field resembled more of a street brawl than a football game, as the Rebels and Wolverines traded haymakers and jabs throughout the contest. Dike-New ...

PREP FOOTBALL: Mustangs march to second win at home

LE GRAND — East Marshall improved to 2-0 at home on the season with a 40-7 win over Waterloo Columbus on Friday night. The Mustangs (2-1) scored 22 points in the opening frame to kick off the action against the Sailors (0-2) on their way to a 28-7 halftime lead. Dillon Lee paced East ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Bobcat senior captain Josh Melde (11) squares up to make the tackle on Ames’ Bernard Bell during the first half of Marshalltown’s season-opening 43-13 loss to the Little Cyclones on Friday night at Leonard Cole Field.

Bobcats can’t corral Ames

In the 103 times Marshalltown and Ames had faced each other before Friday night, the Little Cyclones boasted a 65-32-5 record against the Bobcats, and unfortunately for the MHS faithful that gap didn’t shrink at all in the first game of the 2017 season. It was all Ames from the start on ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior wide receiver Matt Johannsen celebrates after hauling in a 15-yard touchdown catch from Hunter Lott in the second quarter of Friday’s showdown with the Spartans of Grundy Center. Johannsen’s catch gave the Rebels a 12-0 lead in a game they would eventually win 28-7 in the 98th consecutive meeting between the two Grundy County schools separated by nine miles.

Rebels stop Spartans in rubber match after 98 years

GRUNDY CENTER — The last chapter in a century-long series between neighbors and rivals tilted toward Gladbrook-Reinbeck one last time, as the Rebels ran past Grundy Center 28-7 in Friday’s season-opening high school football game. With the Rebels destined for 8-Man football next fall and ...

Spartans host Rebels in final Battle for the Bell

GRUNDY CENTER — The Victory Bell will ring once more. Beyond tonight’s 98th consecutive meeting between the high school football teams of Grundy Center and Gladbrook-Reinbeck, nothing is guaranteed. The short drive down Highway 175 will witness the end of the longest annual rivalry game in ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown football brings back 26 letterwinners from last year’s team. Pictured are front row: (from left) Lance Ingram, Matt Bohan, Mason Monk, Luis Ortiz, Ryan Bohan, Decker Mann, Marco Ordaz, Bailey Gibson, Alan Cantu and Cameron Vranek; middle row: Conner Stanton, Sam Irwin, Josh Melde, Ryan Huffman, Noah DeVenney, Jordan Fox, Ryan Collins, Braden Bethke and Gavin Joesting; back row: Brian Trowbridge, Chayton French, Tyler Reeder, Lucas Duff, Noah Albee, Spencer Finch and Blake Linsenmeyer.

Goodvin stays the course in first year at MHS

Entering his first year as the head coach of Marshalltown football, Adam Goodvin is more equipped to take over the reins than someone from outside the program considering he has been on the staff the last two years as quarterbacks coach. Because of that familiarity with the program, Goodvin ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Comets football returns nine starters from last season. Pictured are front row: (from left) Greg Schmitt, Brad Barkema and Blake Mann; second row: Ben Paper, Calob Keller, Coby Willett and Keegan Rhinehart; back row: Jack Garber and Connor Thompson.

Comet skill players looking to operate in space

CONRAD — While the BCLUW football program only won one game last year, that game was on the final moment of its season when the Comets prevailed over MFL MarMac in a 33-22 win at home. BCLUW head coach Anthony Jahr said he wants to build off that season-closing victory from last year as his ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • The Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team brings back 13 letterwinners from last season’s Class A state title run. Pictured are front row: (from left) Josh Peterson, Walker Thede, Cael Wyatt, Hunter Lott, Matt Johannsen and Kyle Koppen; back row Bronson Wrage, Seth Gretillat, Gage Murty, Mason Skovgard, Will Blakesley, Bryce Schick and Rhett Barnes.

Rebels bring back-to-back titles into 11-man finale

REINBECK — It’s well known that one of the most successful programs in the state at any level of play over the last few years has been the Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team. Each of the last three years, the Rebels have ended their season in the UNI-Dome with a chance to win a state title, ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • The AGWSR football returns six letterwinners from last season’s 8-man playoff squad. Pictured, from left, are Joe Wiarda, Ethan Ubben, Liam Stubbe, Aaron Roelfs, Sawyer Heitland and Lucas Starr.

Cougars looking for more after early playoff exit

ACKLEY — Last year the AGWSR football team experienced a lot of success in their first year at the 8-man level, going 7-2 in the regular season and reaching the playoffs. However, after a first-round postseason exit, Cougars head coach James Koop said the team isn’t satisfied with how its ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • The GMG football team returns 13 letterwinners from last season. Pictured are, front row: (from left) Ethan Beach, Kolton Gill, Owen Beach, Carson Wobeter, Parker Welton, Blaze Krull and Brock Baldazo; back row: Dalton Hurd, Brayden Peterson, Hunter Smoldt, Conner Casto, Cody Cartright and Wesley Steiner.

Wolverines’ wishbone buoyed by backfield experience

GARWIN — One thing that plagues every high school football team is loss of former players, with some dealing with the problem more than others in a given year. For Green Mountain-Garwin football, that pain of graduation hits rather hard in 2017, as they lose players like Class A District 5 ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • The Grundy Center football team returns 18 letterwinners from last year’s squad. Pictured are front row: (from left) Tanner Phillips, Jake Bangasser, Drew Rathe, Sawyer Bowen, Austin Knaack, Jesse Mackie and Caleb Kuiper; middle row: Aaron Havens, Sage Klar, Nolan Freeman and Brody Mackie; back row: Mathew Sternhagen, Josh Kuiper, Payton McMartin, Cam Steenhoek, Jordan Hook, Cade Rohler and Tanner Appel.

Spartans have the size, seek state satisfaction

GRUNDY CENTER — The statistics showed what everybody knew: Bryce Flater was one of the top running backs in the state the last two years. What Grundy Center head football coach Brent Thoren sees is the return of an offensive line that cleared the way for that tailback to the tune of more ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • The West Marshall football team returns 15 letterwinners from last year’s squad, which finished 5-4 overall. Pictured are, front row: (from left) Ryan Sabastiano, Chase Burr, Levi Randall, Alex Dickey, Jake Tollefson, Beau Coberley and Kristian Carbajal; back row: Josh Larsen, Nat Markle, Cameron Bannister, Parker Hulbert, Cole Baccam, Michael Doe, Joe Halverson and Kyle Schaper.

Trojans expect to make next step toward playoff return

STATE CENTER — Nothing exemplified West Marshall head football coach Cody Hackett’s analysis of last fall like the Trojans’ season-opening defeat. The 2016 campaign, which ended with a 5-4 overall record and 3-4 mark in Class 2A’s District 3, “felt close.” The Trojans couldn’t ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • The East Marshall football team returns 12 letterwinners from last season. Pictured are, front row: (from left) Dillon Lee, Noah Bandstra, Kamren Hoskins, Cole Nauman, Carson Burchland and Caden Steward; back row: Jacob Carver, Devon Smith, Logan Nicholson, Zane Johnson, Tyler DeBondt and Logan Noe-Brown.

East Marshall trying to take advantage of athleticism

LE GRAND — Heading into any season, it is always a benefit to return as many starters from the previous year as possible, and luckily for the East Marshall football team, it returns quite a few of its top players from last season. Back are Class 2A District 3 all-district selections Noah ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • The Colo-NESCO football team returns 12 letterwinners from last year’s team. Pictured are, front row: (from left) Francis Bower, Zack McWherter, Kelly Gray, Adam Texeira and Colin Hall; back row: Mason Lytle, Garrett Packer, Jacob Clatt, Sean Cutler, Connor Clark, Bryce Niemeyer and Philip Bower.

Colo-NESCO has enough experience to overcome challenges

COLO — The Colo-NESCO football team’s bid for a fourth state playoff appearance since becoming an 8-man program in 2012 will hinge on how well the Royals respond to the challenge of filling some sizable shoes on both sides of the ball. Iowa Newspaper Association third-team all-state ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • South Tama football returns 12 letterwinners from last season. Pictured are, front row: (from left) Brendon Parto, Mario Moncada, Gabe Backen, Dalton Rosenburg and Tanner Waltz; back row: Keith Keahna, Ben Drummer, Josh Theissen, Brady Fritz, Lane Koch, Colton Vest and Tanner Probasco.

South Tama benefitting from second year in new system

TAMA — The theme for South Tama County football this season is consistency, as the Trojans bring back quite a few starters from last season and, more importantly, maintain the same system in head coach Nate Doran’s second year at the helm. During STC’s second week of practice, Doran ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • The North Tama football team returns 16 letterwinners from last season. Pictured are, front row: (from left) Zach Greiner, Nic Sierra, Peyton Willenbring, Michael Kreinert, Tyler Morrison, Noah Bond, Zade Podhajsky and Hale Hulme; back row: Cael Even, Ryan McLean, Keegan Rohlfsen, Cory Kennedy, Trinity Grimm, Skyler Staker, Chase Morrison and Tayten Payne.

Redhawks rely on mix of youth and experience

TRAER — Entering his second season at the helm of North Tama football, head coach Austin Pink has a unique challenge of introducing some new players to his system while still maintaining the contributions of some old hands he has back from last season’s 4-5 squad. The biggest losses from ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • The South Hardin football team returns eight seniors from last season. Pictured are, front row: (from left) Logan Spindler, Brock Hollingsworth, Jacob Fox and Ryne Fuller; back row: Tommy Platte, Jason Skartvedt, Kolten Rewoldt and Kevin Rewoldt.

South Hardin under new management

ELDORA — When the South Hardin football team takes the field this season, there will be a mix of old and new, as first-year head coach Nick Eller takes over a Tigers football team that returns quite a few players from 2017. South Hardin has already gotten off to a great start, taking down ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Pictured are, front row: (from left) Ellis Lasley, Dante Davenport, Stanford Kapayou, Sage Keahna, Jacob Bear, Taurice Grant, Evan Nelson and Desmond Kapayou; back row: Tiernan Wanatee, Kellen Taylor, Javoni Victor, Seth Keahna, Victor Balderas, Taté Bear, Jarius Bear, Miko Youngbear and Emmett Roberts.

Winkler hoping to make triumphant return with Warriors

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT — Neither retirement nor assistant coaching fit with Ken Winkler. The longtime head football coach who retired in 2014 after 29 years at West Marshall High School and 46 years overall enjoyed one year off before joining the staff at Bondurant-Farrar as an assistant to ...

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, ...