There are times, no matter how hard you play, you just aren’t as good as your opponent.

That was the case Friday when the Twin Cedars Sabers faced off against Gladbrook-Reinbeck at home on a night the temperature dipped into the 30s throughout the night.

The G-R Rebels hammered the Twin Cedars Sabers 62-0 in district action in Bussey.

“G-R was a whole other animal. They were very good running and blocking. Their first three plays from scrimmage all went for touchdowns. We were clearly over-matched Friday,” stated TC Saber Head Coach Cameron Parker.

TC was doubled up on the field as well. The Sabers dressed 14 players for the game, due to a variety of reasons, compared to G-R with a roster of around 30.

Parker said, “We were much better in the second half. I have to give our team credit, they never stopped playing hard.”

In regard to offense the Sabers were led by Brayden DenBurger with eight carries for eight yards on the ground.

In the air, it wasn’t much better as DenBurger was 5-of-8 passing for 42 yards.

Kade Dunkin was the top TC receiver with six catches for 48 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball the Sabers were paced by Dunkin with nine tackles, Trenton Reed had four, Levi Messamaker had 3.5 and Dallas Clark three stops.

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The Sabers slipped to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in district action. The Rebels improved to 5-2 for the year and to 5-0 in the district.

TC will hold Senior Night Friday as they play host to Collins-Maxwell at 7 p.m.

It will be the final home football game for three TC seniors, Hunter McCombs, Austin Test and Trenton Reed.

Perry Bell can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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