G-R cruises past Colo-NESCO

Drake Blakesley charges up the field during Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s route of Colo-NESCO last Friday. Blakesley ran for a team-high 74 yards along with one touchdown. Photo by Soren Peterson

Ethan Gienger hauled in three touchdown passes in the first half and the Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team finished off Colo-NESCO with ease, winning 62-13 in the 8-Man District 5 opener for both teams.

Gienger scored three of G-R’s first four touchdowns, hauling in passes of 2, 75 and 13 yards to help the Rebels run out to a 28-0 lead. Drew Eilers, who threw one of the touchdown passes, had a pair of scoring runs to finish off the Rebels’ 48-0 halftime advantage.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck (2-0, 1-0) outgained Colo-NESCO (0-2, 0-1) by more than 300 yards, 541-217. G-R won the turnover battle 2-0 and went unpenalized.

Gienger finished with four catches for 133 yards, while Luke Riffey reeled in six passes for 122 yards. Isaac Clark completed 10-of-16 passes for 170 yards, while Eilers was 2-for-3 for 117 yards.

Drake Blakesley led the G-R ground game with three carries for 74 yards and a touchdown. Tom Smith, Kasey Stanek and Braden Sexton each had a touchdown run as well.

G-R wideout Luke Riffey (1) jukes defender Nathan Oler (18) of Colo-NESCO during the Rebel’s road game on Sept. 3. Riffey was a key receiver for the Rebels, bringing in a team-high six receptions for 122 yards. Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker

Gladbrook-Reinbeck will next face Dunkerton (1-1) at home this Friday. The Raiders are coming in off a pair of opposite finishes, defeating Meskwaki last week 68-16 and losing to Tripoli 60-16 the week before.

Quarterback Isaac Clark launches a pass downfield against Colo-NESCO on Sept. 3. Clark and freshman Drew Eilers combined for 287 yards passing, three touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Royals. Photo by Soren Peterson