PREP FOOTBALL: Rebels dash past GMG in second half
GLADBROOK — Isaac Clark threw a pair of third-quarter touchdowns to Ethan Gienger and the 8-Man No. 8 Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team finished off GMG with a dominant second-half performance in Friday’s District 5-clinching, 54-16 victory for the Rebels.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck (7-0) closed out yet another district title to earn a home game in the first round of the playoffs, as the Rebels entertain West Central (0-6) this Friday night at ‘The Pit.’ GMG (0-7) goes to Gilbertville for a first-round pairing with top-ranked Don Bosco (5-0).
The Rebels outscored GMG 26-0 after halftime.
Clark finished 5-for-6 for 99 yards passing for G-R, which outgained GMG 368-306. Rebel quarterback Keagan Giesking ran for 115 yards and a TD, while Clark had 61 yards on the ground highlighted by a 35-yard jaunt to the end zone. Tom Smith and Drake Blakesley both added touchdown runs for the Rebels, and Trey Eggers scored after botched punt attempt by GMG.
GMG quarterback Kooper Gill finished 8-for-18 for 110 yards with two interceptions (Blakesley, Gienger), with Avery Bryant pulling down five passes for 87 yards. Noah Ratliff finished with eight carries for 59 yards and Owen Collins added 12 carries for 52 yards, as each tallied second-quarter TD runs.
Conner Murty led the Wolverine defense with 15 tackles, while Giesking had 14.5 stops to pace G-R.
North Tama 35, BCLUW 18
CONRAD — North Tama quarterback Gabe Kopriva had a hand in all five Redhawk touchdowns in a 35-18 victory over BCLUW in Friday’s Class A District 7 finale.
Kopriva rushed for 114 yards and touchdown runs of 17, 23 and 6 yards for the Redhawks (2-5) while also completing 22-of-41 passes for 271 yards and two more scores. Devin McKinley caught eight balls for 114 yards and a TD, and Adam Greiner had six grabs for 69 yards and another score.
BCLUW quarterback Jesse Moore rushed for 183 yards and a touchdown while throwing for another score, but it wasn’t enough for the Comets (1-6). Carson Hoffman had a 32-yard touchdown run, and Moore connected with Noah Gallentine on a 10-yard TD pass.
BGM 56, Meskwaki 6
BROOKLYN — The Meskwaki football team couldn’t overcome the loss of starting quarterback Taurice Grant to injury as the Warriors fell 56-6 to BGM in Friday’s regular-season finale.
BGM quarterback Jacob Maurer ran for 116 yards and four touchdowns while going 8-for-9 passing for 103 yards.
Dike-New Hartford 41, East Marshall 0
DIKE — The East Marshall football team was limited to 105 yards of total offense as the Mustangs fell 41-0 to Dike-New Hartford in Class 1A District 3 play Friday.
Logan Bowie and Samuel Bandstra both had 27 yards rushing to lead East Marshall (2-5). Drew Larson ran for 161 yards and three TDs for D-NH (5-2).
Mount Vernon 41, South Tama 27
MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon prevailed in a back-and-forth contest with South Tama in Friday’s Class 2A District 6 showdown at Cornell College, 41-27.
South Tama running back Payton Vest had 31 carries for 285 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Trojans (3-4) to victory.
Mount Vernon quarterback Brady Ketchum threw for 215 yards and three TDs — all to Collin Swantz — and running back Trenton Pitlik piled up 22 carries for 286 yards and two scores.