Big second-half carries A-D-M over Glenwood

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    For a half of football, Glenwood’s defense held one of the top offenses in Class 3A to zero touchdowns and 112 total yards.
    In the second half that same offense showed Glenwood why they are one of the top offenses in Class 3A.

    A-D-M’s Jordan Grove ran for 193 yards after halftime and scored three touchdowns to lead A-D-M to a 21-14, come-from-behind victory over Glenwood at Ram Memorial Field on Friday.
    “I’m really proud of our defense,” said Glenwood coach Corey Faust after the game. “We knew they were a super tough defense because they have  a running back who is very good, good receivers and a quarterback who can throw the ball. We’ll have to look at the film. But it looks like they figured something out and it just seems like we were a little off in the second half. You have to credit them. They’re a good team.”
    It really was a tale of two halves for Glenwood.
    The first two quarters the Ram defense controlled the line of scrimmage, limiting Grove -- who entered the game averaging 207 yards rushing per game -- to just 100 yards and the Tiger offense -- who entered averaging nearly 490 yards and 43 points per game -- to 112 total. The Rams forced a Tiger fumble on its first drive and scored just two plays later when Spencer Smith took a pitch from Corey Bertini around the right side for a 57-yard touchdowns scamper.
    After the extra-point Glenwood led 7-0 with 6:58 to go in the first quarter.
    The score would remain that way the rest of the half.
    But the Tigers would adjust at halftime.
    A-D-M would match down to the Ram 5-yard line on its opening drive of the second half where the Ram defense stiffened and repelled a fourth-and-goal to keep the Tigers out of the end zone.
    Glenwood would march from their own five out to the A-D-M 21 on its next drive but that drive too would stall when the Tigers held on a fourth-and-two.
    The Tigers needed just four plays to score when Grove sprinted into the end zone for a 22-yard TD run. Grove ran for 67 of the Tigers’ 79 yards on the drive. A-D-M would miss the extra-point leaving Glenwood ahead 7-6 with 3:33 to go in the third quarter.
    After a Ram punt on the ensuing possession. Grove would strike again, this time from 34 yards out to cap a five play, 80-yard drive. The Tigers would convert the two-point conversion to make the score 14-7 to end the third.
    A Ram three-and-out handed the ball right back to the Tigers and Grove, who capped A-D-M’s third straight scoring drive with a nine-yard touchdown scamper. The extra-point made it 21-7 with just over seven minutes to go in the game.
    But the Rams wouldn’t go away so easily.
    The Rams drove from its own 25 yard line down to the Tigers’ four, where Bertini capped a 15-play drive with a TD scramble to cut the lead to 21-14 with 3:37 to go.
    The Rams lined up for an onside kick on the ensuing kick off and placekicker Nick Frazee’s perfect boot skidded off an A-D-M player’s hand landing in the grip of Ram defensive back Mitch Bowden. Glenwood took over at the Tigers’ 49.
    “Nick has been hitting those (on-side kicks perfect) in practice and they are hard to catch when he does it. I have to credit Nick and whoever scrapped to get it,” Faust said.
    Bertini found Smith for a six-yard gain on first down but was incomplete on his next pass and sacked for a seven yard loss on third down. Bertini’s pass to Jameson on fourth down was batted down by Blake Heimann to end the Rams’ hopes.
    Grove carried five straight times on the Tigers” final drive to run out the final 2:42. The senior finished with 303 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns. Eight of the 6-foot, 195 pound tailback carries went for 20 yards or more.
    “He was tough,” Faust said of Grove. “I thought it was huge in the first half that we pursued him and survived some of those big plays before they could become touchdowns and then we made some big stops in our own end. Our kids were resilient, they didn’t give up. They played each play and I’m proud of them.”
    Glenwood finished with 302 total yards. Derek Jones had his third straight 100-yard rushing game of the season finishing with 122 yards on 25 carries.
    “I’m really proud of the effort by our guys,” Faust said. “I’m going to have to look a the film but I know the effort was good and they played together and wanted to win. We have a lot of unselfish plays here accepting their roles. We’re going to get better. They deserve to win and we’re going to get better this week whoever we play next week have it.”
    Glenwood head to Perry this week for a 7:30 kick-off on Friday.

Scoring Summary
G - 07 00 00 07  14
A - 00 00 14 07  21

Game Summary
    G - Spencer Smith, 57 run (kick good).
    A - Jordan Grove, 22 run (kick failed).
    A - Grove, 34 run (conversion good).
    A - Grove, 9 run (kick good).