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JV Rebel Football By: Coach Mike Bengen

October 28, 2016
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After three days of practice the young Rebels travelled to Ackley to take on the Cougars from AGWSR in an 8 man football game. AGWSR has been playing this brand of football all year so we were behind the times a touch on this evening. It was going to certainly be a learning experience for us but we would be up for the task. We traveled with the junior high on this night so we could be spectators and supporters in their first attempt at this game we call 8 man. Hopefully all of our kids would be quick learners. It did not start out that way at all. I think we were actually over thinking the whole concept of the 8 man game. We did not play hard. We did not tackle or block well. We were slow and lethargic in every aspect of the game the whole first half. We trailed 24-0 early in the second quarter and then the light kind of went off. Our effort increased and we were seeing positive things happening on the field. We trailed at the break 24-8 but saw much improvement from quarter 1 to quarter 2. The coaches made some adjustments and reinforced the point that this is still football. We need to play with heart and desire. The second half saw a lot of action as each team had some big plays. We were down 3 scores going into the final frame and we showed after just 3 days of practice and 3 quarters of a game we were pretty good. We scored twice in the 4th to pull within 36-32 but it was just a little too late as the clock ran out on our season. This drops our final record to 3-4. This was a good experience for us to get ready for next year and the years to come. It is a little bit different game but it is still football. We need to continue to work in the offseason in the weight room to increase our strength and conditioning. This will be key for us to continue our successful reputation of G-R Rebel football. We need everyone to do their part and have their spot on our team. We have built a strong program and we all need to work hard to continue this in the years to come playing 8 man football. Stat wise for the AGWSR game, Colton Clark led the way with 62 yards on the ground, 16 yards receiving, and 2 touchdowns and 4 PAT runs. Jace Petersen and Jackson Kiburis chipped in 35 yards each on the ground and Jackson had 23 more yards through the air. Tyler Tscherter added 82 yards passing and 2 TD’s for the offense. Aiden caught the one ball for 35 yards while Kale Hasselman grabbed 4 for 44 yards and 2 scores from his new position with a new number at tight end. Jace and Colton also had receptions for us offensively. Defensively we were led by Kale with 5 stops followed by Jackson, Tyler Beenken, and Aidan Walters with 4 tackles each. Jace and Reece Gilbert 3, Sam Mussig, Colton, and Eli Thede 2, Aiden, Tyler Sparks, Cullen Eiffler, and Tyson Creswell all recorded a tackle for us also. Eli and Sam each recovered a fumble for our cause. This is a good group of kids that need to remain coachable and have the want to become better every day. This does not just mean as a football player. This means as a student/athlete and as a young man. This is not the most talented group of kids we have seen but there is a ton of potential. How bad do you want it and how hard are you willing to work at it? We have something very special going on right now at G-R. Make sure you are doing everything you can to continue this success. It is great to be a Rebel. See you in the weight room. Lastly I have to go a shout out to this coaching staff that has had your sons since August 1. If there is a better staff in the state, someone will have to prove that to me. These guys spend so much time preparing and scheming it is absolutely unbelievable. Between a very organized and scripted practice to weekend meetings and the countless hours these guys spend watching film is totally mind boggling. By the end of the day on Sunday we all know what is going to happen the next week in practice to prepare for every wrinkle our opponent could throw at us. I want to thank all of them for allowing me to be a part of this. Like I said earlier, we are into something very special right now and John Olson has constructed a staff that again is second to none. Darren Trunck, Brett Bengen, Andrew Billerbeck, Kirk Dinsdale, and Sean Babinat spend most of their time with the varsity while Dillan Trunck, James Weida, and Doug Egesdal handle the JV squad. Players, parents, fans and spectators should all take a minute to thank these guys for what they do each day to make G-R football what it is today. Congratulations to all G-R nation on another very successful season with many more games to come yet.



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