Trojan receiver Eli Nymeyer had five receptions for 69 yards versus the Rebels Friday. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Trojan receiver Eli Nymeyer had five receptions for 69 yards versus the Rebels Friday. (Photo by Becky Walz)

With district action a week away, Friday’s home gridiron contest between the No. 4 Turkey Valley Trojans (2-0) and Gladbrook-Reinbeck Rebels (0-2) came down to execution and who played the whole field better. In the end it was the Trojan home crowd celebrating the 48-14 victory.

“Gladbrook-Reinbeck came out and played hard,” acknowledged TV Coach Mark Scott. “They drove the ball early, our defense bent but did not break. Both of their touchdowns came after long runs from broken plays that put them inside of the 5-yard line.”

The Trojans struck first, when Ethan Leibold scored on a two-yard run. A poor Gladbrook-Reinbeck punt snap gave TV a short field to work with in the second quarter, setting up Leibold to sneak through his offensive line to the end zone from three yards out.

G-R found the end zone on a four-yard carry in the second quarter for one of its two touchdowns. Holding on to a two TD lead, Leibold plunged one-yard again in the second to put Turkey Valley on top 24-8 at halftime. 

Following the break, Seth Huinker helped the Trojans pad their lead with a five-yard burst over the goal line before Leibold scored his fourth rushing TD of the game. The Rebels would find the goal line again in the third, but it would be the final score for the visiting squad. Marcus Herold put the final tally on the board in the fourth from 34-yards out for the 48-14 win.

“The second quarter we started to execute and take what their defense was giving us. Ethan Leibold did a great job throwing the ball to the open receivers,” said Coach Scott. “Special teams continued to shine, with Eli Nymeyer kicking off and Leibold punting. Overall, it was a good team effort win leading into district play.”

In total, the Trojans rushed for 221 yards. They added 125 through the air.


Doing the bulk of the damage on the ground was Dylan Elsbernd with 11 carries for 69 yards. Leibold was a double threat, as he completed 9-of-10 passes for 125 yards and ran 12 times for 47 yards, including four touchdowns. Also running the pigskin was Herold six times for 40 yards, while Eli Reicks provided 37 yards in eight carries.

In the air assault, Eli Nymeyer pulled down five passes for 69 yards while Seth Huinker caught two passes for 28 yards. Elliott Dietzenbach had one catch for 19 yards.

On defense, Kannon Leuenberger had seven solo and five assisted stops. Leibold was there for seven solo and three assists. Dietzenbach provided five solo and two assisted tackles. Elsbernd added four solo and three assisted tackles.

Coming up

The Trojans are back at home Friday, Sept. 13, against Midland (2-0) for the first game of district play. Kickoff is 7 p.m. The Eagles defeated Lone Tree 44-32 in the season opener and topped Dunkerton 72-45 in week two action.