Harlan ran back three kickoff returns for touchdowns and Glenwood nearly matched them with two kickoff returns of their own, but it was the Cyclones who got the win in a 51-23 victory over the Rams on Friday in Harlan.
The loss was the Rams’ fourth straight after a season-opening win over Red Oak.
“There were some bright spots in the game and at times we played very well,” said Glenwood coach Cory Faust. “Unfortunately, right now we don't always have everyone on the same page. As coaches, we need to simplify to help eliminate mistakes, and the players have to be disciplined to do their jobs.”
Glenwood trailed 37-16 at the half.
The Cyclones’ Austin Hess had two of Harlan’s three touchdown returns –Connor Clayton had the other – and finished with 235 all-purpose yards on the night.
Mitch Bowden and Sam Jameson each had kickoff returns for touchdowns for Glenwood. Bowden went in from 90 yards out and Jameson raced 87 yards for his score.
“I'm proud of the players for battling hard and staying together,” Faust said. “I haven't seen any finger pointing, and that is important if we are going to get this program going. We will find a way to get it done.”
Glenwood finished with 214 total yards. Quarterback Corey Bertini was 11-of-22 passing for 99 yards. He also added 24 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Derek Jones carried 15 times for 51 yards.
Harlan tallied 295 total yards. The Cyclones’ Adam Juhl threw for 179 yards and two scores.
Glenwood looks to snap its four-game slide with Sergeant Bluff-Luton coming to town Friday for Homecoming. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m.
“We caught a bit of the injury bug last week and had some guys either practice different positions or not practice at all, and it showed,” Faust said. “Hopefully this week we can keep guys healthy and get game like reps all week in practice. In the end, there is no excuse for the unforced errors.