The Union Knights opened the 2015 football season on August 28, finding both the weather and their guests from Gladbrook-Reinbeck to be disagreeable. On an evening that included nearly two hours of weather-related delays, the Knights struggled to get their offense going. Not only did the Rebels shut down the Union running game, their defense picked off four passes, leading the way to a 13-6 win in a non-district contest.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck took their opening drive 73 yards in nine plays, scoring on a 9 yard fourth down pass to grab an early 7-0 lead.
An interception late in the first quarter gave the Rebels the ball at the Union 29 yard line. Less than a minute later, they cashed in the opportunity when Eric Stoakes rambled 21 yards for a score to extend the lead to 13 points.
Union’s lone score came later in the second quarter following Jace Glenn’s block of a Rebel punt. Union scored on the first play from scrimmage following a delay of more than an hour due to lightning strikes in the area.
Unfortunately, the Knights could not muster another serious threat in the second half, as the Rebel defense held Union to 146 yards of total offense.
On Friday night, Union will travel to Center Point for another non-district game.