PREP FOOTBALL: Clark, Rebels scamper past Redhawks
TRAER – Class A rushing leader Chase Clark eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season, racking up 200 yards and a pair of short touchdown runs as Gladbrook-Reinbeck defeated North Tama 35-7 for the shared program’s first win over the Redhawks in 13 tries.
Clark averaged 7.1 yards over 28 carries on the night, moving his season rushing total to 1,153. On a night in which the passing game couldn’t get it going, the Rebels rumbled for 244 of their 292 yards and took advantage of five North Tama turnovers.
G-R’s defense got to North Tama quarterback Brody Hulme five times, with Bryce Ehlers and Zach Pierce both recording two sacks.
Hulme finished 10-of-20 for 146 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. North Tama’s lone score was a 10-yard pass from Hulme to Riley Rohach, but G-R (4-2, 3-0) followed it with 21 unanswered points to put away the District 4 victory.
Phil Zimmerman returned his last of two interceptions for a touchdown for the Rebels, and Colton Dinsdale also picked off a pass.
Rohach led North Tama (1-6, 1-3) with 63 receiving yards on three catches. Hulme was the leading rusher with just 26 yards.
Camden Kickbush was 5-for-16 passing for the Rebels with a touchdown and no interceptions, and he also ran for a touchdown.
North Tama is off next Friday night while the Rebels will run into Grundy Center (5-2, 4-0) in a showdown that may determine the district title.
Gilbert 57, East Marshall 22
LE GRAND – Zach Becker and Christopher Culek both racked up season-high rushing totals as Gilbert rumbled for 593 yards of total offense in a 57-22 rout of East Marshall in Class 2A District 7 football action.
The visiting Tigers (4-2, 3-1) pounded out 547 rushing yards on 59 attempts, averaging 9.3 yards per carry. Gilbert led 29-0 after the first quarter and 43-0 at the half.
Culek carried 19 times for 174 yards, while Becker toted the ball 11 times for 149 yards in leading Gilbert to its first back-to-back wins of the season. Both backs scored a pair of touchdowns. Starting quarterback Jared Gescheidler added 80 yards rushing, 38 passing and three TDs.
East Marshall (0-7, 0-3) matched its season high with 22 points in the loss. Nick Long rushed 21 times for 132 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown, while Zach Rubenbauer was limited to 33 yards on eight carries. He had a 1-yard TD plunge and also returned a fumble 44 yards for a score.
All of East Marshall’s 194 yards of offense came on the ground. The Mustangs attempted just one pass.
East Marshall visits cross-county rival West Marshall next Friday.