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JV Rebel football

October 4, 2015
Mike Bengen , Reinbeck Courier

After a big win last week over BCLUW, the Rebels travelled to Denver to take on the Cyclones on Monday September 21. It was a beautiful evening unlike Friday night when the varsity played there. We were expecting big things on this night coming off our first win. We had a good week of practice and felt we were all ready to go.

This game much as last week started out very slowly for us as we were making mistakes such as fumbled snaps and handoffs, turnovers, and penalties. We were not very crisp in the first half as it ended with the Cyclones up 14-0. We were virtually lifeless at halftime and showed no emotion or fire to get back into this game. It was somewhat depressing. We as a coaching staff had our doubts after the break. We were really not sure how these kids would react to a sub par performance in the first half against a pretty good football team. Would we fold up the tents and say it was over or would we come out and battle? We were not sure. We were very pleasantly surprised as our kids battled their way back to get within 14-12 at the end of 3 quarters. Denver then returned the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown and we were down 2 scores again. Denver then capitalized on a turnover and went up 28 12 with about 6 minutes to go. We responded with a nice drive and a scoring play from Jackson Kiburis to Gage Murty to pull within 8 with 3 minutes and change left. We then kicked off and started to use our timeouts to stop the clock. On the third play of the drive we forced a fumble and recovered in on the Denver 37 yard line. We had 1 minute and 45 seconds to get the tying score. The kids have not worked a ton on 2 minute offense but did a nice job getting the ball down to the 7 yard line before a turnover ended our comeback bid. It was an outstanding second half and as a staff we are all very proud and excited about the effort and execution these guys showed in the second half. If we have everyone on the same page, this has the makings of a very good football team. I think they all understand that their effort is a huge factor in whether we are successful or not. It really showed a lot of heart by all of these guys and that is all we ask for. Great second half and we need to build on this positive everyday moving forward.

Jackson led the way offensively with a career high in yards and also completions. He finished 12 of 15 for 136 yards and a score. Kaleb Hendricks added 52 yards rushing with 2 touchdowns and a PAT run. Matt Johannsen caught 4 balls for 58 yards and had 1 completed pass for 27 yards. Gage hauled in 3 passes for 57 yards and Cael Wyatt grabbed 3 of his own for 40 yards. Colton Clark also had a rush and caught 2 balls for 10 yards.

Matt led us with 8 tackles from his corner position. Josh Peterson, Rhett Barnes and Kaleb added 5 stops each. Rhett also recovered a fumble and blocked a punt. Kyle Koppen 4, Colton, Cael, Bryce Schick, and Lane Bowman 3, Gage, Bronson Wrage, and William Blakesley 2, Noah Skornia, Joseph Pepe, D'Mico Rodriguez, and Seth Gretillat each had 1 tackle each to aid our cause. Bryce also recovered 2 more fumbles moving his season total to 5.

We travel to State Center to take on the Trojans from West Marshall at 6 pm on Monday September 28. On Monday October 5 we will play host to the Redhawks from North Tama also at 6 pm. See you on the sidelines.



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