Rebels plunder No. 8 Pirates

HUDSON – Gladbrook-Reinbeck put the ball in Walker Thede’s hands, and he did the rest.

The Rebel junior scored four touchdowns by three different means and the second-ranked G-R football team pillaged No. 8 Hudson 43-5 in Friday’s Class A District 5 showdown between unbeaten teams.

Thede tallied a 63-yard touchdown reception, a 90-yard kickoff return for a score and end zone runs of 17 and 1 yards to lead the Rebels (7-0, 5-0) into the driver’s seat in their district. The loss was the first for Hudson (6-1, 4-1), and No. 9 Belle Plaine (6-1, 4-1) also suffered its first loss, 40-13, to BGM.

Thede finished with 260 all-purpose yards – 92 receiving, 53 rushing, 105 on kickoff returns and another 10 on a punt return for an average of 15.3 yards per touch – and was 5-for-5 kicking extra-points for the Rebels, who trailed 2-0 after Hunter Lott was sacked in the end zone midway through the first quarter.

That was the last time Gladbrook-Reinbeck was behind. Thede took a Lott pass 63 yards up the sideline for the go-ahead score, and Wes Geisler’s 26-yard field goal for Hudson was the last time the Pirates got on the scoreboard.

Lott finished 12-for-17 passing for a career-high 286 yards and three touchdowns. Matt Roeding had a career-best 108 yards on four grabs with a 19-yard touchdown, and Erik Knaack had 86 yards on five catches, including a 45-yard scoring strike.

Matt Johannsen, Lott and Knaack each pulled down an interception to help the Rebels defense limit Hudson to 93 yards of total offense.

GMG 58, Colfax-Mingo 40

GARWIN – The GMG football team had three 100-yard rushers en route to its first Homecoming win since 2005, a 58-40 slugfest victory against Colfax-Mingo in Class A District 5 play.

Brock Baldazo carried 17 times for 134 yards and three touchdowns to lead the GMG ground attack. Cade Bovenmyer had 116 yards on 10 carries, including a 50-yard TD dash, and Darrin Anderson ran for 105 yards on 18 attempts with touchdown runs of 7 and 25 yards as the Warriors racked up 435 yards of rushing offense.

Quarterback Garrett Groth ran for another 62 yards and a touchdown and also connected with Blaze Krull for an 18-yard scoring pass in the second quarter, but the Wolverines went into halftime facing a 40-30 deficit. GMG (2-5, 1-4) outscored the TigerHawks (1-6, 1-4) 28-0 in the second half to snap a four-game skid. Isaac Neel and Krull both had an interception while Conner Stonewall led the defense with four tackles.

West Marshall 20, South Hardin 13

ELDORA – Ross Randall’s 8-yard touchdown reception with 28 seconds remaining was the deciding score as West Marshall stopped South Hardin 20-13 in Class 2A District 3 play.

Jeff Thompson returned the ensuing kickoff to West Marshall’s 25-yard-line, and Ty Cook connected with Kevin Rewoldt for a 12-yard pass on the next play. After an incompletion left 1.9 seconds showing, Cook had to scramble out of the pocket and was forced out of bounds at the 2-yard-line after time had expired.

Thompson’s second touchdown run and Michael Halsey’s extra-point kick gave South Hardin a 13-12 lead with 5:51 remaining before West Marshall (4-3, 2-3) responded for the go-ahead score.

Alex Dickey had two short touchdown runs for West Marshall, and Randall finished with five catches for 102 yards.

Thompson had 28 carries for 134 yards and two TDs for South Hardin (3-4, 2-3) whose playoff hopes took a hit with the loss.

Saydel 36, East Marshall 8

LE GRAND – TJ Stephenson ran for a trio of touchdowns and Saydel handed East Marshall its fifth-straight Class 2A District 3 defeat, beating the Mustangs 36-8 on Friday.

East Marshall’s lone score came on a 16-yard pass from Tyler DeBondt to Cole Nauman in the third quarter, cutting Saydel’s lead to 20-8, but the Eagles answered with Cash Lee’s 78-yard kickoff return for a score.

Trevor Sprague added a 10-yard touchdown run for Saydel (5-2, 3-2).

DeBondt ended 19-of-30 for 108 yards passing, with Logan Nicholson making six grabs for a team-leading 39 yards. Nauman had four catches for 37 yards, and Lansin Lacina made three grabs for 32 yards for East Marshall (1-6, 0-5). Noah Bandstra led the defense with six solo and three assisted tackles.

Grundy Center 54, Nashua-Plainfield 0

NASHUA – The Grundy Center football team came out strong against Nashua-Plainfield Friday night, scoring 48 points in the first half on its way to a 54-0 win in Class A District 3 play.

Bryce Flater finished the night with 259 yards rushing on 15 carries and five touchdowns. The Grundy Center (5-3, 4-2) senior running back had scoring runs of 2, 51, 46, 29 and 5 yards. Tim Knock also recorded a 2-yard touchdown plunge.

Defensively, the Spartans sacked Nashua-Plainfield (3-5, 2-4) 10 times and hauled in three interceptions. Jared Krausman returned an interception in the first quarter 34 yards for a touchdown. Flater scored on a 1-yard fumble recovery in the third.

Grundy Center travels to North Butler this Friday.