PREP FOOTBALL: Trojans travel length of field to beat third-ranked A-P

Cameron Bannister and Josh Larsen

Cameron Bannister and Josh Larsen

PARKERSBURG — West Marshall quarterback Cameron Bannister commandeered a 99 1/2-yard scoring drive inside the final 1 minute, 32 seconds, capping it with a 17-yard scoring strike to Josh Larsen for the go-ahead score and a 34-28 victory over third-ranked Aplington-Parkersburg in Friday’s Class 2A District 3 showdown.

The Trojans (3-1, 1-0) trailed 28-18 entering the fourth quarter before scoring twice through the air. All five West Marshall scores came on Bannister passes, the first four of them finding Beau Coberley. The last of those got the Trojans within 28-26 after a successful two-point conversion connection between the same two players.

Aplington-Parkersburg (3-1, 0-1) was in position to put the win away, but West Marshall’s defense held the Falcons just shy of the end zone on fourth-and-goal with 1:32 remaining.

The Trojans took over and marched the length of the field in merely 70 seconds, highlighted by a 23-yard screen pass to Alex Dickey and a 21-yard pass to Larsen. After an incomplete pass, Bannister found Larsen in between a pair of A-P defenders for the go-ahead 17-yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds left. Dickey’s conversion run made it a six-point game, and Aplington-Parkersburg came up empty on its final drive.

Bannister finished 23-for-32 for 383 passing yards, connecting with Coberley on touchdown passes of 65, 15, 22 and 5 yards. Coberley ended the game with 12 receptions for 200 yards, and Ryan Sabastiano totaled four grabs for 50 yards. Larsen tallied three receptions for 47 yards.

Joe Halverson and Chase Burr led the Trojan defense with 12 tackles apiece, and David Willis finished with 10 stops.

West Marshall has a bye week before hosting Dike-New Hartford on Sept. 22 for Homecoming.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 42, North Tama 0

GLADBROOK — Hunter Lott threw three touchdown passes and ran for a career-high 241 yards as the Class A No. 2 Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team opened District 5 play with a 42-0 rout of North Tama on Friday night at “The Pit.”

Walker Thede broke open the game’s scoring with a 40-yard touchdown run, and the Rebels (3-0, 1-0) ran away with their 26th consecutive victory, taking a 28-0 lead into halftime thanks to a pair of touchdown passes from Hunter Lott to Matt Johannsen in the second quarter.

Thede tossed a 10-yard scoring pass to Gage Murty with 18 seconds left before halftime to up the Rebels’ advantage.

Lott hooked up with Bryce Schick for a 7-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter and Josh Peterson tacked on a 1-yard touchdown plunge to bring the score to its final.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck outgained North Tama (1-2, 1-0) 586-207 in total offense despite the Rebels’ two turnovers. Lott finished 9-for-15 passing for 130 yards with three TDs and an interception, and carried 16 times for 241 yards. Peterson ended with a career-high 129 yards on 17 carries, and Murty led the receivers with three catches for 55 yards. Johannsen had three grabs for 42 yards and two TDs.

North Tama quarterback Skyler Staker finished 13-for-27 passing for 187 yards, finding five different receivers in the loss. Noah Bond had two catches that gained 76 yards, and Tayten Payne made four receptions for 42 yards.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck goes to GMG next Friday night, while North Tama entertains Hudson.

East Marshall 16, South Hardin 0

ELDORA — East Marshall earned its third win of the season on Friday as it shut out South Hardin 16-0 on the road.

Noah Bandstra scored on an 8-yard touchdown scamper for the Mustangs while Tyler DeBondt tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Logan Nicholson for the other score.

Bandstra led the team in rushing with 56 yards, while DeBondt went 20-29 for 225 yards through the air. Nicholson caught five of those balls for 84 yards.

Defensively, Zane Johnson had two interceptions for East Marshall and Bandstra had 11 solo tackles, followed by Dillon Lee with 10 stops.

Colo-NESCO 82, Meskwaki 30

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT — Colo-NESCO took down Meskwaki on Friday night for its second-win of the season, taking down the Warriors 82-30 on the road.

The Royals were led offensively by Garrett Packer’s 138 yards on the ground and two scores, while Philip Bower carried the rock for 75 yards and four scores. As a team, Colo-NESCO ran for 357 yards against Meskwaki.

The Warriors coughed up the ball five times in the game, giving away three interceptions and two fumbles to the Royals.

Meskwaki was led offensively by Taurice Grant, who went 6-20 for 100 yards and three touchdowns through the air and ran for 39 yards. Taté Bear caught five passes for 100 yards and all three touchdowns in the match.