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Rebels pull away from AGWSR

October 18, 2015
ADAM RING , Reinbeck Courier

GLADBROOK- AGWSR hung around with Gladbrook-Reinbeck for a scoreless first quarter. The Cougars had a hard time continuing to hang around with the Class A No. 9 Rebels in the second quarter.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck (5-2, 3-1) scored two touchdowns in the first six minutes of the second quarter, then turned two AGWSR (2-5, 2-3) interceptions into nine more points before halftime to take a 23-point lead into the locker room on its way to a 37-0 blanking of the Cougars Friday night in District 4 play.

"I wasn't sure what was going to happen," said G-R coach John Olson. "AGWSR sticks with everybody for one quarter or two quarters or three quarters, then they get wore down a little bit. We typically get wore down a little bit too because we don't have a lot of depth. They came out, played four quarters and got better as the game went along and definitely separated ourselves from AGWSR."

G-R running back Eric Stoakes ran for a touchdown from nine yards out 44 seconds into the second quarter. The senior scored another touchdown on the ground from 11 yards out about five minutes later. Stoakes, who had been averaging right at 100 rushing yards per game and 6.5 yards a carry, was held to 79 yards and a 3.95 yards per carry average against the Cougars.

"AGWSR is really good up front," Olson said. "So it was a good test for us. We couldn't do the stuff we normally do, and we kind of had to go to some other things that we found out we're pretty good at."

When the Rebels struggled to get the running game going, they turned to the air and senior quarterback Jake Schuman. Helping his own cause on defense, Schuman picked off AGWSR quarterback Nathan Karsjens and returned the ball past midfield. That set up a 28-yard TD pass to Colton Dinsdale. On the next AGWSR possession, Hunter Lott intercepted Karsjens, setting up a Walker Thede field goal as time ran out on the first half.

Schuman threw two more touchdown passes in the second half, a 5-yard strike to Erik Knaack, and a 31-yard bob and weave touchdown pass to Dinsdale. Schuman finished the night throwing for 142 yards, completing just seven passes, but spread the wealth around completing passes to six different receivers.

The Cougars, who ran the ball on nearly 90 percent of their plays Friday night (52 of 58 plays) were held to 152 yards on the ground, a 2.9 yard per carry average.

"We got beat," said AGWSR coach Skip Eckhardt. "No way around it. They had more points than us."

It's been a rough season for an AGWSR team that posted a 9-2 record a year ago. Friday night's loss was AGWSR's third by 34 or more points.

"I (told them) I wouldn't trade them for any of those guys (on Gladbrook-Reinbeck)," Eckhardt said. "That what I told them. Get your heads up, we gotta get ready to go next week."

AGWSR running back Josh Bavanz was taken from the field in an ambulance less than three minutes into the third quarter after suffering a helmet-to-helmet hit. Bavanz's eyes were open and he was alert as he was loaded into the ambulance, and Eckhardt said he is expected to be OK.

"We heard he's OK," Eckhardt said. "He's probably going to be out. I'm sure he got a concussion cause he got hit in the head behind the (play) late. The (trainer) from Gladbrook came back and said signs are all good, and that's the most important thing."



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