The Glenwood football team wrapped up its season with a 28-21 upset victory over Atlantic on Friday.
“I couldn't be any more proud of these players. It truly was a team effort,” said Glenwood coach Corey Faust.
Against the Trojans, the Rams took advantage of five Atlantic turnovers to end a two-game slide.
“I am most proud of the resiliency the guys showed against a very good Atlantic team,” Faust said. “We answered back every time Atlantic seemed to grab momentum. In the end we want to hang our hat on always giving our best shot no matter what the situation, and play together as a family. I think we have done that pretty well all year, and I am happy to see the boys get rewarded for doing things the right way.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Glenwood out-scored Atlantic 14-7 in the second frame to lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Rams’ running game went to work. Derek Jones finished with 98 yards and a touchdown while Spencer Smith added 60 yards and a score on the ground, and quarterback Corey Bertini picked up 54 yards and a touchdown scamper. Bertini was also 7-for-10 passing for 64 yards and no interceptions.
The Rams defense limited the Trojans to just 104 yards rushing on 26 attempts, picked off three Harrison Heough passes and recovered two fumbles. Connor Fikes returned one of the Rams’ interceptions 40 yards for a touchdown.
The Rams finish with a record of 3-6 overall, including a 1-5 record in Class 3A, District 1 in Faust’s first year as Glenwood’s head coach.
“Our overall record wasn't what we wanted it to be this year, but it has been a great journey,” Faust said. “This senior class bought in to a new coaching staff and philosophies, and did a great job. There were a lot of sacrifices made by all. I wish I could have had more time with them, but I will forever be grateful for what they have done for the program.”
The Rams lose 20 seniors off this year?s squad.
“If the returning players choose to continue what this years seniors started and take it to another level over the next 12 months, Ram Football will be very exciting in 2013,” Faust said. “Next season has already begun and we need to focus on competing in other sports and getting faster and stronger.”