In class 1A, a pair of unbeatens collide in district four as fourth rated Aplington-Parkersburg visits Gladbrook-Reinbeck. Over the past six seasons these two programs have combined to win 81 percent of their games and earn nine trips to the playoffs. Gladbrook-Reinbeck coach John Olson says the Falcon program has set a high standard over the years.
Olson says it’s something a lot of teams want to strive for, execution on offense, and dominance on defense. He says they’ve had their coach staff together for several years and have built a nice home field advantage, and have a lot of fun playing.
Olson says the keys to the game will be special teams. He says if they can make the other team go a long distance, while they can get a short field, that will work to their advantage.
Aplington-Parkersburg coach Ed Thomas says both teams have high hopes for this season. He says they take a lot of pride in their tradition, and he says Gladbrook-Reinbeck does too, and without question, it’s a big game in the district.
Thomas says his team has to be able to counter their speed and control the line of scrimmage.