Creston gets defensive in win over Rams

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Glenwood held scoreless for first time this season in 14-0 defeat

By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    A tough Creston defensive effort limited Glenwood to just 193 total yards in a 14-0 loss on Friday at Ram Memorial Field.

    “I am really proud of our guys and the effort they showed Friday throughout the game,” said Glenwood coach Corey Faust.  “Creston is a really good team and we went toe to toe with them for four quarters.  There are no excuses for nonperformance, but we were only a couple plays away from winning that game.  
    “We will correct our mistakes and we look forward to another chance to compete against another really good team this week.”
    The Panthers (6-1 overall, 4-1 in the district) held the Rams (2-5 overall, 1-4 in the district) to 126 yards on the ground, 80 yards below their average on the season, while bottling up leading rusher Derek Jones for a season-low 41 yards on 18 carriers.
    “Offensively, even though we never got things rolling like we wanted on the scoreboard, we had a lot of guys playing very well,” Faust said.  “Gage Shatava and Justin Pachl probably played their best games of the year.  It is fun to see players  work hard and improve.”
    The Ram defense did manage to hold the Panthers to just 14 points, 20 points below their average this season.
    The game’s only two scores came on a first quarter touchdown run by Bryce McIlravy and a 31-yard, third-quarter scamper by Luke Neitzel. Creston’s  ground game chewed up 265 yards.
    Glenwood quarterback Corey Bertini was 8-of-20 passing for 67 yards.
    Kyle Kawecki led the Ram defense with 10 tackles and an interception.