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PREP FOOTBALL: Trojans notch third straight district crown

October 20, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF (sports@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

STATE CENTER - The third-ranked West Marshall football team completed its undefeated season with a 41-7 rout of Gilbert in Friday's regular season final in Class 2A District 7 play.

The Trojans (9-0, 5-0) finished off their third straight district title by breaking away from a 13-7 lead with 28 unanswered points.

Gilbert's Colby Abrams scored on a 4-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to cut West Marshall's lead in half, but Elijah Streeter took the ensuing kickoff back 94 yards to paydirt and the Trojans didn't stop there.

West Marshall punched it in three times in the third quarter to bring the score to its final, and the Trojans will host Red Oak (3-6) in Wednesday's opening round of 2A playoff action in State Center.

Duncan Ferch ran 20 times for 163 yards and three touchdowns to lead West Marshall, while Streeter had five carries for 78 yards. His 54-yard TD sprint put the finishing touches on the win over Gilbert (4-4, 2-3), which had a three-game streak snapped but still found its way into the playoffs.

Justin Weitzell caught a 62-yard touchdown pass from Jake Pszanka for the Trojans' other score, which put them ahead 13-0 in the first quarter. Pszanka finished 4-for-8 for 96 yards.

Defensively, Dale Hilleman had eight tackles to lead West Marshall, while Devin Chesler and Colby Dunn both made seven stops.

The Trojans, who won their 22nd straight in district play, will be making their fifth straight playoff appearance.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 55, GMG 7

GARWIN - Gladbrook-Reinbeck secured its fourth trip to the playoffs in the last five years with a convincing 55-7 victory over GMG in Friday's Class A District 4 football finale.

Chase Clark scampered for 199 yards and four touchdowns, Dustin Dinsdale had two TD receptions and a scoring run, and the Rebels (5-4, 4-2) outgained the host Wolverines 392-135.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck got out to a 27-0 lead after the first quater with scoring runs of 1 and 28 yards by Clark, and touchdown passes from Trevor Trunck to Dinsdale spanning 21 and 9 yards.

Clark, who carried 16 times at an average of 12.4 yards per carry, reached the end zone twice more in the first half on runs of 12 and 52 yards as the Rebels led 41-0.

Dinsdale tacked on a 12-yard scoring run and Austin Harris tallied a 1-yard TD plunge to close out the Rebel scoring in the third.

GMG's lone senior Blake Warren pushed the ball across the goal line for a 5-yard scoring run inside the final 2 minutes of the game. Warren finished with 105 rushing yards on 20 carries to lead the Wolverines (1-8, 0-6), who lost their seventh straight.

GMG quarterback Bridger Claassen completed 1-of-6 passes, a 23-yarder to Brock Fisher.

Clark's rushing total was his third highest game of the season for G-R, which will host North Butler (6-3) in a first-round playoff game Wednesday in Gladbrook. It's the Rebels' third straight playoff berth. Brandon Lakabung added 63 rushing yards, while Dinsdale led the receivers with three catches and 46 yards. Trunck ended up 5-for-8 for 72 yards with two TDs and no interceptions.

Defensively, Jake Peters had a team-high eight tackles for the Rebels, Pete Meyers had six stops and Zach Pierce had five tackles and two quarterback sacks.

Iowa Valley 28, BCLUW 26

CONRAD - Iowa Valley clinched a playoff berth by overcoming its six turnovers in a 28-26 victory over host BCLUW in Friday's Class A District 4 finale.

The visiting Tigers (6-3, 3-3), thanks to a head-to-head victory, pushed past Grundy Center (3-5, 3-3) for the fourth and final qualifying spot in the district.

Iowa Valley tailback John Gormley ran 36 times for 303 yards - the fourth-best single-game performance in Class A this fall - with touchdown runs of 53 and 68 yards. Carter Buswell added a season-high 149 yards with two touchdowns, the last of which gave the Tigers a 28-19 lead.

BCLUW quarterback Conner Ubben finished 5-for-16 passing for 120 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He hooked up with Lane Caster for 10 yards, Isaac Novak for 6 yards and Mac Simpson for 47 yards for his scoring strikes.

Deonce Cushinberry had 60 rushing yards and an 11-yard run to paydirt for the Comets (2-7, 1-5). Caster had two catches totaling 65 yards to lead the BCLUW receiving corps.

Iowa Valley, which gains its fourth playoff appearance in the last five years, finished with 510 yards of total offense but lost two fumbles and quarterback Logan Loftus threw four interceptions.