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Rebels withstand Wolvering comeback

September 11, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

DIKE - The defending Class A state champions haven't made it look easy, but their methods certainly have been effective.

The fourth-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team defeated 2A No. 7 Dike-New Hartford here Friday night, taking a 17-0 lead through three quarters before clinging to a 17-14 victory.

Erik Knaack had two touchdown catches and Walker Thede's 35-yard field goal gave Gladbrook-Reinbeck (2-0) its 17-0 advantage with 45 seconds left in the third period.

Dike-New Hartford answered in the fourth quarter, starting with Trent Johnson's 21-yard touchdown run. The Wolverines made it a one-possession game on G-R's ensuing drive, taking Hunter Lott's fumble back 21 yards for the touchdown.

Dike-New Hartford was unable to move the ball on its last two drives, falling to (0-2) with losses to two Final Four teams from Class A a year ago.

Knaack finished with three receptions for 113 yards, snaring a 31-yard touchdown pass from Lott in the first quarter in and a 52-yard completion from Thede with 1 second left in the first half. Lott finished 6-for-12 for 89 yards passing, while Parker Bown ran for 110 yards on 29 carries. Thede ran for 59 yards on three attempts, and Lott added 41 yards on the ground.

Thomas Mussig paced the G-R defense with nine solo and six assisted tackles, including three stops behind the line of scrimmage. Matt Johannsen added two solo and six assisted stops. Mussig, Gage Murty and Mason Skovgard each recorded a quarterback sack.

Johnson carried 24 times for 129 yards to lead Dike-New Hartford.



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