ACKLEY - Nick Pieters scored AGWSR's only touchdown and the Cougars held Grundy Center scoreless for the final three periods to pick up a 7-6 win over their neighbors to the south in Friday's non-district football opener.
Pieters punched it in from 6 yards out with 11 minutes, 45 seconds still showing in the second period, and the extra-point kick gave AGWSR a 7-6 lead.
Grundy Center, whose only score was Dylan Lyman's 50-yard run with 4:37 left in the first period, never reached the end zone again.
The Spartans were saddled with 90 yards of penalties and committed five turnovers, the last of which was Cody Williams' interception of a Brock Rohler pass inside the final minute. AGWSR turned the ball over on downs trying to run out the clock, but Grundy Center gave it right back on the interception on the next play.
Williams finished with 78 yards rushing to lead the Cougars, who travel to face BCLUW in non-district action next week. AGWSR had 149 yards of total offense, all rushing.
Grundy Center was paced by Lyman's 195 yards rushing, and Nick Mauer's 53 yards on the ground all came in the second half. The Spartans stay on the road in Week 1 with a game at Dike-New Hartford.
Denver 27, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 7
GLADBROOK - Chase Shedenhelm rushed for 155 yards and Braydon Neuendorf ran for 78 more and three short touchdowns as the Denver Cyclones overcame Gladbrook-Reinbeck's early advantage for a 27-7 victory in Friday's Week Zero football opener.
Denver's defense limited the host Rebels to just 13 yards on the ground and only 140 yards of total offense. Chase Clark led G-R with 43 yards rushing and also ended the night as the team's top tackler with 12 total stops.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck (0-1) took the early lead with Trevor Trunck's 17-yard touchdown pass to Colton Dinsdale, but it was all Cyclones from there. Neuendorf scored on runs of 4, 4 and 3 yards to make it 20-7 Denver, and Shedenhelm scored on a 27-yard punt return midway through the fourth quarter for the final tally.
Denver outgained the Rebels 366-140 in total offense, though the Rebels had only turnover.
Neuendorf finished 8-for-15 passing for 127 yards, while Trunck was 10-for-28 for 127 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Dinsdale finished with five catches for a team-high 58 yards, Logan Koester had three grabs for 44 yards, and Phil Zimmerman added two catches for 25 yards.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck goes on the road next Friday night to face Hudson, and Dike-New Hartford visits 'The Pit' in Gladbrook on Aug. 31 to close out the Rebels' non-district schedule.