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Rebels ring Sparty’s bell in rivalry game

G-R takes 44-43-9 all-time lead in series’ 96th consecutive year

October 25, 2015
ADAM RING - Central Iowa Press , Reinbeck Courier

GRUNDY CENTER - The Battle for the Bell wasn't short of explosive plays Friday night.

Grundy Center had two of them, but Gladbrook-Reinbeck had the rest.

The big plays propelled the Class A No. 9 Rebels (6-2, 4-1) to a convincing 48-15 win to retain the bell for the third year in a row. It also was the third year in a row the Rebels have won the rivalry game in blowout fashion.

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Gladbrook-Reinbeck running back Eric Stoakes, right, looks to get the edge past Grundy Center’s Jordan Graham on Friday night in Grundy Center. Stoakes ran for 107 yards and a touchdown in G-R’s 48-15 win in the Battle of the Bell.
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Gladbrook-Reinbeck got on the scoreboard first when quarterback Jake Schuman connected with Colton Dinsdale for a 26-yard touchdown pass.

"He's a guy that will doing anything for us," said G-R coach John Olson of Dinsdale. "Last year we played him at fullback and said, 'You need to block all the time.' That's what he needed to do. Then we were like, 'Gosh we're really missing him as a receiver.' So, championship game last year put him at receiver, (he) made some big plays."

The Spartans (4-4, 3-2) responded by running the ball with running back Bryce Flater. Starting from their own 20, Flater spun through the Rebel defense and broke off a 66-yard run down to the G-R 14-yard line. That set up Flater to score from one yard out a couple plays later to tie the game 7-all.

It didn't take long for the Rebels to get the points back. Dinsdale returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to give G-R a 14-7 lead after one quarter.

The Rebels broke the game open in the second quarter. Josh Cooley scored on a 2-yard run a little more than a minute into the quarter. Dinsdale worked his magic again on special teams. After forcing the Spartans to punt following a three-and-out, Dinsdale returned the punt for a touchdown, also from 85 yards out. Walker Thede missed the extra point to keep the G-R lead at 27-7.

"We decided to put (Dinsdale) as punt and kick returner," Olson said, "just because we knew he'd get us 10, 15, 20 yards. Make the good play. So, it's nice to see him break one, to get in open field and outrun people. Real proud of him."

The Rebels got on the board again, about two minutes before halftime. Senior running back Eric Stoakes scored on a 7-yard touchdown run to give G-R a 34-7 advantage going into the break. Stoakes finished the night rushing for 107 yards on 19 carries.

"We went up against a really good team that played a lot better than we did obviously," said GC coach Brent Thoren. "We have a lot of things to work on, and it was a game with big plays early on, and we couldn't overcome that."

The big plays kept coming for the Rebels right after halftime. Schuman found Cooley out of the backfield on the first play from scrimmage of the second half, and Cooley weaved his way through the Spartan defense for a 72-yard catch and run touchdown pass. Schuman threw for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Dinsdale led the Rebels in receiving with 75 yards on four receptions.

"This year we have a lot of players that play different positions," Olson said. "So we thought to put Josh Cooley at fullback, because he can catch, too. He can block just as well as (Dinsdale) can."

The Spartans had the final explosive play of the night. Early in the fourth quarter, Flater broke off a 65-yard touchdown run virtually untouched. Flater ran for 207 yards, carrying the ball 26 times. The junior surpassed rushing for 1,700 yards this season.

"We're still pretty young," Thoren said. "Bryce being a junior, I think our young kids kind of feed off of Bryce and his energy. It was tough to get him going tonight. He did have some big plays, but he had to work for a lot of his yards. It was one of those nights where their defense played really, really well."

The Rebels capped the scoring for the game with about five minutes to play. With reserves in the game, the Rebel offense featured Joseph Baugus who broke off three runs of 10 or more yards, putting the exclamation point on the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run.

"We know the history," Olson said. "When I say 'we', it's the coaching staff and the fans. Sometimes the kids don't know the history. Their history is what happened last year.

"Of course you want to beat Grundy Center. It's a big rivalry. You have a lot of respect for the coaching staff on their side. We've had people in our town work (in Grundy Center) and vice versa. It's not about bragging rights, that's what arrogant people do. It's just more about this is a good fought battle."

Notebook

The Rebel victory broke a tie in the all-time series between the two schools. Winning the 96th meeting gives G-R a 44-43-9 advantage in the rivalry's history. The Rebels hold an 18-10 winning advantage since becoming Gladbrook-Reinbeck in 1988.

 
 

 

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