High School Football

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, ...

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 ...

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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. ...