Rebels run roughshod on Thunder
GLADBROOK – The Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team averaged 12.5 yards per play in throttling Grand View Christian 63-7 on Friday in Class A District 5 play.
The second-ranked Rebels (6-0, 4-0) scored four times in the first quarter from no closer than 43 yards out. Parker Bown had a 54-yard touchdown run, Hunter Lott ran in from 66 yards away, Lott hooked up with Walker Thede for a 43-yard scoring pass, and Thede capped the opening period with a 61-yard punt return for touchdown.
Erik Knaack also returned a punt 35 yards to paydirt during G-R’s 35-point second quarter. Lott connected with Matt Roeding for a 44-yard score, fullback Gage Murty had 30-yard scoring run, and backup tailback Josh Petersen had scoring runs of 15 and 14 yards as the Rebels rumbled to a 63-0 halftime advantage.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck outgained the Thunder (1-5, 1-3) 351-236. Grand View’s Peyton Leever finished as the game’s top rusher with 15 carries for 101 yards, but quarterback Josh Davidson was intercepted four times.
The Rebels’ next two games are on the road against teams currently ranked. No. 8 Hudson hosts G-R next Friday night, and Belle Plaine entertains the Rebels in Week 8.
Colo-NESCO 72, Seymour/Moulton-Udell 16
SEYMOUR – Garret Tiarks carried 11 times for 120 yards and three touchdowns while leading his team defensively in a 72-16 rout of Seymour/Moulton-Udell in Friday’s 8-Man District 5 contest.
Tiarks had two of the Royals’ five interceptions and led the way with four solo tackles and seven assists.
Philip Bower returned the opening kickoff 75 yards to kickstart Colo-NESCO’s 35-point first quarter and later took a fumble recovery back 52 yards for another score.
Garrett Packer added six carries for 73 yards with a touchdown, while Wayne Beard, Brighton Clatt and Bower each added rushing scores. Dakota Weir had a 35-yard pick-six and Bryce Niemeyer finished with two solo tackles, six assists, a tackle for loss and a quarterback sack.
The Royals (3-3, 3-1) host HLV of Victor in next Friday’s home game.
St. Ansgar 47, Grundy Center 21
ST. ANSGAR – Top-ranked St. Ansgar rushed for 349 yards and five touchdowns en route to a 47-21 Class A District 3 win against Grundy Center.
Dayton Smith rumbled for 179 yards on 22 carries with three touchdowns, and Parker Hendrickson had 158 yards and two scores for the Saints (6-0, 4-0). Mitchell Smith’s 25-yard return of a fumble sent St. Ansgar into halftime with a 19-7 lead after Grundy Center (3-3, 2-2) had jumped out to a 7-0 lead.
Jake Bangasser found Sage Klar for a 29-yard touchdown pass to give the Spartans their only lead of the game. Bangasser finished 15-for-25 for 190 yards with two interceptions and two TDs. Bryce Flater pulled in a 44-yard scoring strike in addition to rushing for 72 yards on 20 carries. Braidan Buhrow had six catches for 55 yards in the loss.
Cade Rohler and Nolan Freeman both had 11 tackles to lead Grundy Center, which hosts Nashua-Plainfield next Friday night.
Belle Plaine 36, GMG 6
BELLE PLAINE – Ninth-ranked Belle Plaine gave up GMG’s first points in Class A District 5 play but pulled away from the Wolverines for a 36-6 win.
Cade Bovenmyer’s 4-yard touchdown in the first quarter had GMG (2-4, 0-4) within 8-2 of the ranked Plainsmen, but the hosts scored the game’s final 28 points.
Garrett Groth led GMG with 81 rushing yards. Levi Duden and Conner Stonewall had six tackles apiece to lead the defense, while Bryce Anderson had two fumble recoveries and Blaze Krull got an interception.
GMG hosts Colfax-Mingo in district play next Friday night.
North Tama 34, Colfax-Mingo 13
COLFAX – North Tama scored the game’s last 25 points to pick up its first Class A District 5 victory, beating Colfax-Mingo 34-13.
Cael Kopriva ran for three touchdowns and tossed a 50-yard scoring pass to Hale Hulme to help the Redhawks (2-4, 1-3) get over the hump against Colfax-Mingo (1-5, 1-3). Tyler Morrison added a 14-yard touchdown run for the Redhawks, who go on the road to face Grand View Christian next Friday night.