Turning in what coach Cory Faust called their most complete performance of the season, the Glenwood Rams rolled to a 35-15 homecoming victory over Sergeant Bluff – Luton Friday night at Ram Memorial Field.
The win improved the Rams’ record to 2-4 on the season while Sergeant Bluff – Luton fell to 0-6.
“I thought all three phases - offense, defense and special teams - were good,” Faust said. “Up front, offensively, I thought the guys really clicked. Defensively, we were solid for most of the night.”
Fueled by an energetic homecoming crowd, Glenwood controlled the game from the outset. The Rams took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of touchdown runs by Derek Jones. His first TD, a 6-yard blast, capped a 65-yard scoring drive. Minutes later, he broke free for a 54-yard touchdown run.
Sergeant Bluff trimmed the Glenwood lead to 14-7 on a 12-yard touchdown run by Dillon Hiserote two minutes before halftime, but the Rams responded by scoring their third touchdown run of the night with just 24 seconds left in the half. Gage Shatava capped the impressive drive by scoring on a 1-yard run.
The Warriors trimmed Glenwood's lead to a touchdown midway through the third quarter on another Hiserote score, but the Rams pulled away for good later in the period on a 67-yard TD scamper by Spencer Smith and a 1-yard plunge by Jones.
Glenwood kept the Warriors out of the end zone for the rest of the night as the Rams put the game away.
Offensively, the Rams rushed for 392 yards, including 163 from Smith on just eight carries and 153 from Jones on 19 attempts. Quarterback Corey Bertini completed 6-of-11 attempts for 58 yards. Three of Bertini’s completions were to Jones.
On the defensive side of the ball, Kyle Kawecki recorded a team-leading eight tackles for Glenwood. Gavin Kruse tallied seven tackles while Jake Radcliff and Cameron Joy both had six. Kawecki and Mitch Bowden both came away with an interception.
Sergeant Bluff – Luton finished the night with 268 yards of total offense.
Faust said the Rams’ overall performance should give players some momentum heading into the final three games of the season.
“I know we can beat anybody on our schedule if we play like we’re capable of for an entire game,” Faust said.
Glenwood returns to district action this Friday, hosting Creston. The Rams will finish the season with back-to-back road games at Council Bluffs Lewis Central and Atlantic.
SBL - 00 07 08 00 -15
GLN - 14 07 14 00 -35
GLN – Derek Jones, 6 run (Brandon Bichel kick).
GLN – Jones, 54 run (Bichel kick).
SBL – Dillon Hiserote, 12 run (Hiserote kick).
GLN – Gage Shatava, 1 run (Bichel kick).
SBL – Hiserote, 5 run (Kaleb Syder pass from Nathan Gilsar).
GLN – Spencer Smith, 67 run (Bichel kick).
GLN – Jones, 1 run (Bichel kick).