Rebels run rampant on Meskwaki

Special to the Sun Courier

Senior receiver Ethan Gienger cruises into the endzone against Meskwaki as Tristen Sanford-Anders (13) raises his arms in celebration. The Rebels thumped the Warriors 72-6 with Gienger catching nothing but touchdowns (four total) in the blowout district contest. Photo by Darvin Graham
Senior back Tom Smith runs up the field with blocking help from Henry Mussig (78), Cody Gebel (35) and Trey Eggers. Smith ran for 41 yards but ended up doing the most work on defense as he accounted for 23 of the team’s 39 tackles against the Warriors. Photo by Darvin Graham
Kasey Stanek runs the ball into the endzone on one of G-R’s many scoring drives during the Rebels’ 72-6 win over Meskwaki on Oct. 1. Stanek was the rushing leader for the Rebels with 55 yards and two touchdowns. Photo by Darvin Graham
Junior Luke Riffey is wide open for a touchdown pass in the first half of last week’s Homecoming game against Meskwaki. Riffey had 48 yards on 3 receptions and 1 touchdown to go along with a fumble recovery on the defensive side. Photo by Darvin Graham

The eighth-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team needed four plays or fewer to score eight of its nine touchdowns, coasting to a 72-6 triumph over Meskwaki Settlement in Friday’s Homecoming game.

The Rebels (6-0, 4-0) forced three turnovers and a safety, needing only 246 yards of total offense to complete nine quick trips into the end zone. G-R’s longest drive lasted just six plays and reached paydirt just the same as the rest.

G-R quarterbacks Isaac Clark and Drew Eilers combined to go 9-for-14 for 117 yards and five touchdowns. Ethan Gienger caught four passes for 47 yards — all for touchdowns — and Luke Riffey made three receptions for 48 yards and one score. Kasey Stanek ran the ball six times for 55 yards and two touchdowns, while Drake Blakesley and Eilers each had a short TD run.

Logan Giesking led the Rebel defense with 5.5 tackles, and Rylan Van Daele had 1.5 quarterback sacks. Gienger and Clark each picked off a Larnell Bear pass attempt.

Eleron Hanline scored the lone touchdown for Meskwaki (0-6, 0-4), a 1-yard plunge with 2:59 left in the game. Hanline led the Warriors with 36 rushing yards. Bear was 7-for-15 passing for 64 yards, and Hanline was the leading receiver with three grabs for 34 yards.