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Passing record sends Bobcats into bye week

September 20, 2011
By MARK PAWLAK - Assistant Sports Editor (mpawlak@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

The dust has finally settled from the Marshalltown-Sioux City East football shootout.

The Bobcats claimed a 63-41 victory over East on Thursday in Sioux City and set several state records.

Marshalltown quarterback Blake Gimbel's official passing numbers will go down as 42-for-62 for 567 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions.

The 567 yards set a new all-time Iowa high school football single game individual and team mark. The old state individual record was 542 by D.J. Freesmeier of Central Lee in 2007. Central Lee also held the single game team best of 545 in the same game.

"We watched again the film (on Monday)," said Marshalltown head coach Dave Holdiman, "and it was just an outstanding effort."

"But at the same time we know as a team there's room for improvement and I think Blake would be one to tell you that as well," he added. "We were pretty proficient, but we're going into our bye week looking to do things better and keep improving as a team."

The junior Gimbel now has five career starts under his belt and the always evolving Bobcat offense will see what it can do when it returns to the field in two weeks. Gimbel is 128-for-206 passing for 1,922 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions for the season.

The previous school records for yardage were 505 against Waukee during the 2008 season with Chanse Creekmur accounting for 441 yards of that total.

"We knew he was having a great game when it was happening, but didn't realize it was up at those marks," Holdiman said.

There were 76 teams, according to quikstatsiowa.com, in the state in the 2010 season that failed to pass for 567 yards.

The 42 completions by Gimbel on Thursday set a new Class 4A single-game record and are tied for the second most in state history. The state record is 43 by Blaze Smith of Clear Creek-Amana in 2009. Creekmur held the old MHS mark with 35 completions in that 2008 contest against Waukee.

Ty Steffensen led Marshalltown's receivers with 13 catches. Tad Steffensen finished with 12 receptions, Brandon Pettigrew six, Dominick Osborne five, Austin Hauser four and De'Quan McDowell two.

The 104 combined points are the most in an MHS game since the 1966 season when the Bobcats beat Boone 66-39. Thursday's scoring outpoint by Marshalltown is also its highest since that season-ending game in 1966.

The Bobcats take a 4-1 record into its Sept. 30 matchup against Waukee at Leonard Cole Field.