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JV Rebel Football by Coach Mike Bengen

August 31, 2018
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Welcome back to Monday night football featuring the Gladbrook-Reinbeck Rebels. The JV 8 man Rebels were in action Monday August 27 against the Wildcats from Riceville for the season opener. Everyone was ready to go against someone other than a G-R teammate which you get every year after that first three weeks of practice. The coaches all said that we came out flat and just not quite ready for what was to come. A new group of freshmen athletes mixing in with some of the guys that were here last year is always an adventure. How will everyone respond? That is what game one is all about. We fell into a hole early allowing two quick scores to trail 14-0 after one quarter. We countered with a 30 yard TD run from Tom Smith to pull within 14-6 at the half. The third quarter was a stalemate as neither team mounted much of a threat. Riceville threw in another TD and PAT in the fourth quarter and we also were the benefactors of a Ethan Gienger 40 yard touchdown run. Following the Wildcats last score, Ethan took the kickoff back 50 yards for our final score. We came up just short dropping a 22-20 decision. The coaches were much happier in the second half with both the effort and execution. These guys will continue to get better every day. Tom Smith had a nice debut as a Rebel high school player. He finished with 140 yards rushing and 20 yards passing to go with 4 tackles. Ethan Gienger ended the night with 60 yards on the ground and caught 1 pass for 6 yards. Drake Blakesley added 9 yards rushing and Braydon Rohrer had a catch for 14 yards to round out our offensive stats. Defensively we were led by Trey Eggers with 8 tackles. Trey was followed by Tom, Braydon, and Cody Gebel with 4 stops each. Drake and Ethan 3, Cole Engel, Casey Knaack, and Ian White 1 were the rest of our tacklers. Drake also came up with an interception for the defense. Others on our roster as contributors on Mondays are Braden Vanderkolk, Braden Sexton, Danny Gleissner, Zane Stice, and Auston Wittgreve. Our next action will be Tuesday September 4 at Gilbertville against of Dons of Don Bosco beginning after the junior high game around 6:30 pm. On Monday September 10 we will host Tripoli in the season debut at the Pit. This game will also begin around 6:30 pm following the junior high contest. Come out and see the future Rebels from 4 pm on. You can get a glimpse of the next 6 years of G-R football. See you on the sidelines.
 
 

 

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