G-R undefeated headed to the playoffs
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.
The No. 7 Rebels will begin their playoff run against West Central (Maynard, Iowa).
The Blue Demons are 0-7 and have no common opponents with Gladbrook-Reinbeck this season. This will be the first time these two teams have faced off on the football field in school history.
GMG draws the uneviable task of facing No. 1 Don Bosco this Friday for opening round play.
The matchup will pit one of Class 8-Player’s top tacklers, Murty, against one of its top running backs, Don Bosco senior 1,200 yard rusher Cael Frost.
Week 5 Stats
PASSING: Gabe Kopriva, 10/29, 160yd
RUSHING: Noah Weber, 15/147yd, 3TDs; Gabe Kopriva, 6/13yd, 1TD; Ayden Staker, 1/-9yd
RECEIVING: Caleb McKiernan, 6/101yd; Noah Weber, 1/32yd; Logan Siemens, 1/23yd; Devin McKinley, 2/4yd
TACKLES: 11.5-Logan Rausch; 8-Dylan Hosek; 7.5-James Hill, Devin McKinley; 6-Gabe Kopriva, Noah Weber; 5.5-Ashton Bradley; 4-Logan Siemens; 3-Caleb McKiernan; 1.5-Brecken Payne, Ryan Hosek, 0.5-Thomas Hulme, Cale Bradley
INTERCEPTIONS: 1-Noah Weber
Week 5 Scores
Grundy Center 51, BCLUW 0
Belle Plaine 52, North Mahaska 14
W Burlington 48, North Tama 27
*Lynnville-Sully – inactive