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Many happy returns Dome-bound Rebels rebuff BGM again

November 15, 2015
TYLER STRAND - Central Iowa Press , Reinbeck Courier

BROOKLYN - Jake Schuman was thrown into the spotlight on the biggest stage last November.

A year later he's leading the Rebels back to the UNI-Dome a more poised, confident and dynamic quarterback.

Keeping plays alive with his feet and dissecting the Bears defense with his arm, Schuman threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns to send seventh-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck back to Cedar Falls with a 24-10 Class A quarterfinal victory over previously unbeaten BGM.

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Gladbrook-Reinbeck quarterback Jake Schuman, second from left, races off the field with several teammates to celebrate Friday’s 24-10 Class A quarterfinal victory over BGM in Brooklyn. The seventh-ranked Rebels return to the UNI-Dome next Friday to face fourth-ranked Denver in the semifinals for the second year in a row.
Photo by Tyler Strand

Schuman completed 9-of-14 passing, including second-half scoring strikes of 34 and 53 yards to Knaack and Thede, respectively. Eric Stoakes rushed for 102 yards on 25 carries and Thede hauled in three receptions for 104 yards.

The Rebels (10-2) return to the UNI-Dome to face fourth-rated Denver (11-1) in a semifinal rematch from a year ago and the same Cyclones team Schuman faced when he replaced an injured Camden Kickbush. Denver also beat G-R 21-7 earlier this season but the Rebels have responded with eight straight wins since a 2-2 start.

"The first half of the season was a little rough. The seniors came together and told us we need to step up and it's worked out well," said Schuman, who's matured in multiple ways as the permanent starter this season. "I have a lot more composure, I just know more about the offense with experience and it's been a good year."

Fact Box

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 24, BGM 10

At Brooklyn

G-R, 10, 0, 7, 7, -, 24

BGM, 0, 7, 0, 3, -, 10

First Quarter

G-R - FG Walker Thede 22, 5:07.

G-R - Josh Cooley 1 run (Thede kick), 1:12.

Second Quarter

BGM - Kaiden Fiebelkorn 31 pass from Colton Massengale (Andrew Crady kick), 11:53.

Third Quarter

G-R - Erik Knaack 34 pass from Jake Schuman (Thede kick), 4:01.

Fourth Quarter

G-R - Thede 53 pass from Schuman (Thede kick), 6:10.



First Downs, 17, 10

Rushes-yards, 42-149, 31-87

Comp-Att-Int, 9-14-0, 8-17-2

Passing yards, 198, 96

Total offense, 347, 183

Fumbles-lost, 1-0, 0-0

Penalties-yards, 3-35, 5-35


Rushing - G-R: Eric Stoakes 25-102, Cooley 8-32, Hunter Lott 3-19, Schuman 4-1, Colton Dinsdale 2-(minus 5); BGM: Tanner Jansen 15-49, Massengale 14-34, Dalton Jack 2-2.

Passing - G-R: Schuman 9-14-0-198; BGM: Jansen 6-14-2-50, Jack 1-1-0-31, Massengale 1-2-0-15.

Receiving - G-R: Thede 3-104, Dinsdale 2-34, Knaack 1-34, Cooley 2-16, Matt Roeding 1-10; BGM: Jayce Knight 5-47, Fiekelborn 1-31, Jansen 1-15, Kevin Kilmer 1-3.

Schuman showed his steady hand early completing a 34-yard fake punt pass to Thede to set up Josh Cooley's one-yard touchdown plunge.

Behind an offensive line anchored by Jed Peterson, Dalton Schwartz and Thomas Mussig, Stoakes carried the load on G-R's opening drive to set up a 22-yard field goal for Thede and the senior tailback helped free up some wide-open looks for the Rebels' receivers in the second half.

"That opens up everything," Schuman said. If we get (Stoakes) going, we're not going to be able to be stopped. He's really good, he's fast."

G-R's defense stifled the second-ranked Bears' high-octane offense, limiting it to 183 total yards of offense and picking off Tanner Jansen twice. BGM (11-1) had to use some trickery to get on the board as Colton Massengale tossed a 38-yard halfback pass to Kaiden Fiebelkorn late in the first half to pull the Bears within 10-7.

Schuman and Knaack each picked off Jansen, while Massengale was limited to 34 yards on 14 carries.

"Their d-backs are excellent," Jansen said. "They're a well-rounded football team, they'll go far. Their d-backs jumped passes and they sent a lot of pressure on the outside. It's just really unpredictable because their linebackers didn't show blitz a lot. It just made it hard to read if they were going to blitz off the edge or not. That's really what threw us for a loop - that outside pressure."

Cooley paced the defense with 8.5 tackles while Schwartz had six and Colton Dinsdale added 5.5.

Knaack got behind the secondary on a 33-yard scoring strike late in the third and after Andrew Crady boomed a 32-yard field goal to bring BGM back within a score, the Rebels torched the Bears through the air once more.

Schuman found Thede wide-open on a 53-yard bomb to push G-R's lead back to 14 and send them on a second straight trek to the semifinals where they'll face the Cyclones next Friday at 10:06 a.m.

Friday's winner will meet either No. 9 Mount Ayr (10-2) or unranked Akron-Westfield (10-2) in the championship game on Nov. 19 at 1:36 p.m.

Schuman's breakout game came as a junior came against AGWSR and he filled some big shoes a month later against Denver inside the UNI-Dome. All those experiences - along with another season's worth of snaps under center - have prepared him to guide G-R in another quest for a state title.

"With all the games we've played last year, five playoff games, being ahead or being down," Olson said. "Playing against AGWSR, playing against Dike two years in a row and now him starting this whole season, those are just things that good plays happen, bad plays happen - he's experienced."



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