PREP FOOTBALL: Rebels rebound by blanking Belle Plaine
INDEPENDENCE — Just six days after its first loss of the season — and first loss in several seasons — the Class A No. 8 Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team got back to its winning ways with a Class A District 5 win over Belle Plaine, 43-0, on Friday night at Independence High School.
Quarterback Hunter Lott was 11-for-19 passing with 187 yards and three touchdowns for the Rebels (7-1, 5-1). Josh Peterson, Gage Murty and Lott all scored rushing touchdowns as well against the Plainsmen (6-2, 5-1), while Walker Thede hauled in five receptions for 112 yards and two scores.
G-R held Belle Plaine to just 146 yards of offense on the day, making Plainsmen quarterback Garrett Straight go 3-for-12 through the air with 33 yards and an interception.
Kyle Koppen was the leading tackler for the Rebels with five solo tackles and eight assists. Seth Gretillat had four solo tackles and four assists, while Matt Johannsen came down with the lone interception.
Aplington-Parkersburg 23, East Marshall 14
PARKERSBURG — The East Marshall football team lost a Class 2A District 3 to Aplington-Parkersburg on the road, 23-14.
The Mustangs (5-3, 3-2) did all of their damage through the air, with quarterback Tyler DeBondt completing 19 of 26 pass attempts for 294 yards and two scores. In fact, East Marshall finished the game with minus-16 total rushing yards.
Logan Nicholson was the leading receiver with four catches for 92 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown grab, and Cole Nauman had 73 yards receiving on three catches.
Defensively against the Falcons (7-1, 4-1), Nauman and Dillon Lee each had 12 solo tackles, while Kamren Hoskins had 11.
Aplington-Parkersburg running back Sam Thorn was the bell cow for the squad, carrying the ball 49 times for 255 yards.
East Marshall has one game left on the schedule, a home matchup with Dike-New Hartford set for 7 p.m next Friday that will determine the district runner-up.
Grundy Center 47, North Butler 0
GRUNDY CENTER — The Grundy Center football team won a Class A District 3 matchup at home on Friday night over North Butler, 47-0.
Caleb Kuiper had 161 yards on the ground for the Spartans (4-4, 3-3), including a 22-yard touchdown scamper, while Nolan Freeman, Zach Grant and Austin Knaack all also scored on the ground against the Bearcats (3-5, 1-5).
Jake Bangasser only completed three of his six passes on the night, but two of those went for touchdowns to Sawyer Bowen and Drew Rathe.
Grant was the defensive leader for Grundy Center with five solo tackles and three assists, while Freeman had four solo tackles and an assist. Kuiper also scored a defensive touchdown off a 25-yard interception return.
Tri-County 56, Meskwaki 12
THORNBURG — The Meskwaki football lost an 8-man District 5 matchup against Tri-County on Friday on the road, 56-12.
Quarterback Taurice Grant was 3-for-10 passing on the night with 13 yards and an interception for the Warriors (0-8, 0-6), and he also ran for 72 yards and a score on 13 carries.
The Trojans (2-7, 2-4) did most of their damage on the ground, with Brayden Monroe carrying the ball 21 times for 160 yards and a score and Cameron Krumm punching in three rushing touchdowns.