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Rebels’ resounding run game reigns

Seventh-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck blanks No. 10 Pleasantville 28-0

November 8, 2015
TYLER STRAND - Central Iowa Press , Reinbeck Courier

PLEASANTVILLE - Jon Olson knows he has a physical bunch up front. He's simply been waiting for them to prove it on the field.

Overpowering the Trojans' speed with brute force on both sides of the ball, Gladbrook-Reinbeck kept its postseason trek churning with a 28-0 shutout over Pleasantville in Monday's Class A second-round game.

Eric Stoakes rushed for 102 yards and three touchdowns and Colton Dinsdale added 112 yards and a score on just five carries as the seventh-ranked Rebels (9-2) racked up their seventh straight win. Dinsdale essentially cemented the victory by sticking quarterback Zeb Adreon for a loss on fourth down before breaking off a 64-yard touchdown scamper on the ensuing play to cap the scoring late in third.

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Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Eric Stoakes drags Pleasantville’s Booker Baier (82) on a second-half run in Monday’s Class A second-round game in Pleasantville. Stoakes rushed for three touchdowns and the seventh-ranked Rebels won 28-0.
Photo by Tyler Strand

The 10th-ranked Trojans (9-2) were held scoreless for the first time all season, while G-R's offense gashed Pleasantville with big runs complemented by some timely passing plays to keep the defense honest.

"This is the first time that I can say our offensive line has come away from a game where I can say 'we can be a physical team,' coach Olson said. "We are a physical team but this is one that proved that I think we can be physical. It doesn't mean we can get it done yet, but it's just another switch that our offensive line took and I'm really proud of them for how they handled it.

"These are the same guys that played defensive line for us but for some reason just haven't been real physical on the offensive line so I'm just proud of those guys up front."

G-R travels to second-ranked BGM (11-0) on Friday for a quarterfinal bout at 7 p.m.

Jake Schuman completed 5-of-9 passing for 90 yards and ignited the Rebels' first scoring drive by scrambling away from pressure before tossing a dart to Hunter Lott for a 50-yard connection. Stoakes reached the end zone on the next play from five yards out to give G-R the early advantage.

Pleasantville had shutout five opponents this season and yielded an average of just 5.1 points per game. G-R imposed its will on the ground for its next scoring drive covering 65 yards on 10 running plays punctuated by Stoakes' 3-yard burst.

The Trojans threatened on their final drive of the half but a 29-yard field goal sailed wide right.

"We definitely needed to play physical tonight with these guys and our d-line and o-line definitely played physical. They picked it up for us, made holes and tackled the quarterback," Dinsdale said. "(Adreon) is really good, he's got a lot of rushing yards, he breaks the pocket and he can sprint for days and they really contained him tonight. All we had to do was play physical tonight and keep him contained and I think we did that."

Pleasantville was held to just 151 yards of total offense and just 35 rushing yards on 29 attempts. The Trojans also converted only 2-for-13 on third down as G-R has outscored its two postseason opponents by a combined score of 63-0.

The Trojans were able to bottle up G-R at times in the first half but the Rebels steadily got stronger in the second half and wore out Pleasantville with over 29 minutes of possession.

The Rebels made another statement drive with 11 straight plays on the ground covering 89 yards with Stoakes scoring his third touchdown from two yards out late in the third.

"We just threw the ball to open it up and then our linemen got the job done, we hit 'em hard," Stoakes said. "We've just got a whole bunch of pass plays and then we were kind of drawing them out with our fakes in the backfield. It's all on our o-line, they're just doing a great job."

Dinsdale drove the shifty Adreon back for a one-yard loss on fourth-and-5, before providing a spark in the backfield. Starting up the middle before following a convoy of blockers to the outside, Dinsdale rumbled 64 yards for a score to send G-R on its way to Brooklyn.

Dinsdale led the defense with 10.5 tackles including eight solo stops.

Last year's runner-up beat BGM 56-14 in a second-round contest last year.

Adreon finished 11-for-24 for 100 yards passing and Brock Busick was the Trojans top rusher with 14 yards on 10 carries.

"When it comes down to it they have a whole bunch of speed on their team and we've got some big, strong, physical guys so we didn't know what matchup would work best in our favor," Olson said. "Right away from the beginning I think our defense set the tone and then our offense just gradually got better and gradually wore them down."



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