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Rebels’ fast start fizzles in record-tying eighth win

October 28, 2011
Northern-Sun Print
GLADBROOK - Gladbrook-Reinbeck matched a program record with its eighth regular season victory, but a fast start fell to the wayside in the Rebels’ 35-8 triumph over Woodward Academy in Friday’s Class 1A District 4 football game. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (8-1, 6-1) jumped in front with three touchdowns in just over 6 minutes to start the game, with Ryan Strohbehn and Colby Luethje both rushing for scores and Parker Bolt connecting with Brady Billerbeck for a TD pass. The Rebel offense took advantage of short fields each time, but they could not put their guests away. Woodward Academy (3-6, 1-6) did its best to hang around in Friday’s regular season finale, even after falling behind 21-0. The Knights forced the Rebels deep into their own territory before a high punt snap sailed out of the end zone late in the first quarter. G-R finished with four turnovers and 16 penalties on the night but still prevailed. Austin Charley added a 7-yard touchdown run and Bolt hooked up with Cobren Bird for a 20-yard score as G-R finally took the game in hand. Chase Clark led the Rebels with 59 yards rushing, while Bolt finished 9-for-21 passing for 116 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. Joe Zimmerman was the leading receiver with two grabs for 41 yards. Billerbeck had a team-high 12 tackles, two for loss, and Andy Meyers had eight tackles and a fumble recovery. Charley made seven stops and had one of G-R’s three interceptions. The Rebels already had second place locked up in the district and they will return home on Wednesday night to face Dike-New Hartford (7-2) in the first round of the playoffs for the second year in a row. The Wolverines won last year’s opener, 33-14, on their way to the state finals.

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