Trojans steer clear of Cyclones; G-R wallops Warriors

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DENVER — Cameron Bannister had a hand in four touchdowns and the defense delivered the other as the West Marshall football team fought off Denver for a 34-20 win on Friday night.

Bannister ran for touchdowns of 50 and 73 yards and threw for a pair of short scores as the Trojans (2-1) bounced back from last week’s home-opening loss to Class 2A No. 2 PCM.

Bannister finished the game with 11 carries for 168 yards on the ground while going 12-for-17 for 152 yards through the air. Chase Burr and Qwinton Wilder both reeled in touchdown catches and West Marshall scored twice in the second half to break a 20-all tie.

Josh Larsen finished with three receptions for 70 yards, Jake Tollefson had three grabs for 52 yards, while Burr pitched in 50 yards rushing.

Burr also led the Trojan defense with 16 tackles to go with two quarterback sacks. Joe Halverson had seven tackles, Brian Morrison had five tackles and 2.5 sacks, and Brayden Evertson finished with four stops and 1.5 sacks. Jarrin Goecke returned an interception 31 yards for a first-half score as well.

Denver’s Cale Krueger was 16-for-28 passing for 223 yards with two touchdowns and the one interception, but the Cyclones were limited to 109 yards rushing. Zack Miller had 10 receptions for 136 yards with a 19-yard touchdown for the Cyclones (0-3).

West Marshall entertains Aplington-Parkersburg (2-1) on Homecoming next Friday night in State Center.

Rebels run roughshod on Warriors

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT — Eli Thede, Colton Clark and Lane Bach each scored three touchdowns to lead the Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team to its first 8-man win, beating Meskwaki 76-12 on Friday night.

The Rebels (1-2, 1-0) rolled to the District 5 victory thanks to a 42-point first quarter in which Thede and Bach both scored twice. Thede had an 18-yard touchdown run and a 50-yard punt return for a score, while Bach rumbled in from 56 yards and recovered a fumble for another TD.

Bach finished with a team-leading 81 rushing yards on five carries, adding a 21-yard touchdown run in the third quarter as Gladbrook-Reinbeck built a 76-0 lead.

Clark ran for 78 yards with touchdown dashes of 42 and 19 yards, while Thede tacked on a 7-yard TD scamper in the second half.

G-R quarterback Jackson Kiburis opened the game’s scoring with a 5-yard TD run and finished 3-for-4 passing for 74 yards. The Rebels outgained the Warriors (0-3, 0-1) 436-178, with Meskwaki getting on the scoreboard for the first time this season with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Dayvin Guevara caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Stanford Kapayou, and Kapayou cashed in an 11-yard TD run to finish the scoring.

Kapayou led the Warriors with 42 yards rushing but was 8-for-22 passing for 132 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. Evan Nelson caught four passes for 88 yards to lead Meskwaki’s receivers, but the Warriors couldn’t overcome six turnovers in all.

Meskwaki goes on the road next Friday to face Twin Cedars, while Gladbrook-Reinbeck hosts Melcher-Dallas in district play.