Trevor Frain raced 55 yards for a touchdown on Creston’s opening play from scrimmage and Glenwood never seemed to recover in a 49-21 Class 3A, District 1 loss on Friday.
Creston (5-2) sprinted out to a 28-0 lead before Glenwood got on the board just before halftime to make it 28-7 at the break.
“We were not focused and ready to play,” said Glenwood coach Cory Faust. “We had some early three-and-outs offensively, mishandled some kicks, and just didn’t play very well in the first half. Creston scored on their first play from scrimmage, and we gave up a couple other long runs. I know we can and will play better up front defensively. We have to work on our toughness and physicality, and we need to play with more passion.”
Despite the loss, Faust saw some positives on both sides of the ball.
“We did do some nice things on both sides of the ball,” Faust said. “We ran almost twice as many plays as they did, outgained them and had over 400 yards of offense. “
With the Panther defense keying on Ram leading rusher Spencer Smith, Corey Bertini stepped up to run for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries and added 155 yards passing and a touchdown on 12-of-21 passing. Smith finished with a season-low 47 yards on 13 carries.
Corey had a nice game offensively, and Spencer Smith was outstanding on the defensive side of the ball,” Faust said. “Once we got settled, Our offensive line (Justin Pachl, Gabe Scarborough, Drayton Slaughter, Brad Shearer, Dan Schmidt and Quin Baker) did a nice job, and we really moved the ball well.”
Bertini’s touchdown to open the second half cut the Panthers lead to 28-14 but Creston’s Bryce Briley took the ensuing kick off back 95 yards for a touchdown to stretch the lead to 35-14.
The Rams turned the ball over on their next drive and the Panthers converted the miscue into a touchdown to make it 41-14. At the end of three quarters.
The loss is the Rams’ third straight after starting the year 3-1.
“I know this group is capable of playing much better,” Faust said. “We’ll get back after it this week, and get better.”
Glenwood is back in action Friday when they host Council Bluffs Lewis Central.