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Mussig’s motor kept G-R rolling Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior linebacker named captain of Class A all-state team

December 2, 2016
Northern-Sun Print
DES MOINES — For the second consecutive year, the Iowa Newspaper Association’s Class A all-state team captain honor has gone to a Rebel. Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior middle linebacker Thomas Mussig spearheaded Class A’s stingiest defense, helping the Rebels achieve their second-straight state championship. Mussig finished fourth in Class A with 86.5 total tackles, including 47 solo stops and 79 assists, 15.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound linebacker posted a season-best 12.5 tackles (6 solo, 13 assists) in the Rebels’ 20-19 championship victory over Bishop Garrigan, helping Gladbrook-Reinbeck (13-0) earn its first undefeated season in school history. The Rebels led Class A in allowing just 7 points per game, including four shutouts. Graduate Colton Dinsdale led the Rebels to a state championship in 2015, and was named the Class A captain. The first team offensive line was also led by a Rebel lineman in Jacob Walters. He helped protect first-team quarterback Hunter Lott and lead the second-most yardage team (1,842 yards) in the state to 19 touchdowns. Lott himself passed for 1,771 yards, 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. His quarterback rating of 206.5 was the best among all Class A quarterbacks. This year was Lott’s first all-state selection. With Mussig’s help, the first-team defense was helped along by a trio of Rebels. Mason Skovgard was a first-team defensive lineman and Erik Knaack was the sole defensive utility player. Skovgard had 39 total tackles, with 22 of them being on his own. He also had nine solo tackles for a loss and nine solo sacks. Knaack had four interceptions for a Class A-high 107 return yards, which helped him post a class-best 26.8 yards per return. He scored once on a 34-yard pick-6. Walker Thede added to G-R’s honors as the third-team kicker. He was the second-team kicker in Class A in 2015, but was just 2-for-4 with a season-long of a 35-yard field goal. The G-R junior was, however, 51-for-55 in point-after attempts, the most made in Class A. His 92.7 percentage was second-best to St. Albert’s Rodrigo Barajas’ 95.1 percent clip. Parker Bown bruised his way on to the third-team defense as a linebacker. The senior had 16 solo tackles, helping total 37.5 total tackles in 2016. He, too, had six solo tackles for loss. Grundy Center’s Bryce Flater rushed his way into the state record books, posting a 2,049-yard clip, leading all Class A rushers. The senior found the end zone 33 times on the ground and was the leading scorer among all positions in Class A with 228 total points. Flater’s teammate, Jordan Hook, was also named to the first-team, Class A offensive line. He helped Flater’s record-leading numbers throughout his junior-year campaign.

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T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior linebacker Thomas Mussig (54) pursues St. Ansgar fullback Parker Hendrickson (44) during the Class A state semifinal football game Nov. 11 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. Mussig finished fourth in Class A in total tackles en route to being named first-team all-state by the Iowa Newspaper Association.



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