Rebels aerate Raiders in district win

Quarterback Isaac Clark drops back to pass as the Rebels blew through Dunkerton on Sept. 10. Clark and freshman Drew Eilers combined for 120 passing yards and five passing touchdowns.

The Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team threw for 254 yards and five touchdowns in a 64-6 drubbing of Dunkerton in Friday’s 8-Man District 5 clash.

The Rebels (3-0, 2-0) outgained the visiting Raiders (1-2, 1-1) by a decided margin, racking up 382 yards to Dunkerton’s 151. Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s offense faced just three third-down situations thanks to four touchdown passes covering more than 20 yards.

Isaac Clark finished 10-for-12 passing for 175 yards and four touchdowns, while Drew Eilers was 3-for-5 for 79 yards and one score. Caleb Egesdal caught five balls for 109 yards and two touchdowns, and Luke Riffey made four grabs for 106 yards and two TDs. Ethan Gienger had a 23-yard touchdown reception to help the Rebels run out to a 44-6 halftime lead.

Tom Smith, Kasey Stanek and Eilers each had a touchdown run for G-R.

On the defensive side the Rebels were led by linebacker Drake Blakesley who had 8.5 tackles.

Senior Drake Blakesley drags two Dunkerton defenders with him as he rushes up the field during G-R’s home game on Sept. 10. Blakesley totaled 39 yards rushing to go along with a team-high 8.5 tackles. Photo by Julie Frischmeyer

The defense forced a pair of turnovers with a fumble being picked up by Luke Riffey and an interception brought down by Trey Eggers.

The Rebels will travel to face Tripoli (2-1) this week in non-district play. The Tigers hold wins over Dunkerton and Riceville and a 34-14 loss against No. 7 Janesville.

The next home game for the Rebels will be on Oct. 1 against Meskwaki.

Center Henry Mussig readies the ball at the line of scrimmage during the Rebels 64-4 rout of the Dunkerton Raiders. G-R has been dominant through the first three weeks of the season winning by an average margin of 47 points.