Rams playoff bound after 33-14 win

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The rains came in the second half of Glenwood’s District 8 showdown with Adel-Desoto-Minburn (A-D-M) Friday night just as the floodgates were opening up for the Rams.

Clinging to a 6-0 halftime lead, Glenwood erupted for 27 second-half points en route to a 33-14 victory. The Rams improved their record to 5-3 on the season and 4-2 in district play while clinching the school’s first postseason playoff berth in 15 years. A victory in this week’s regular-season finale at Winterset will ensure the Rams of a No. 2 seed and home field-advantage in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs next Wednesday.

“The bad part about playing a team like this, one that throws the ball over all, is that you can never get far enough ahead,” Glenwood coach Brian Albert said. “Our kids played well. We made about three big mistakes on defense, but other than that we played well. Offensively, we just struggled up front when they sent everybody. We did not have an answer right away. In the second half, Levi (Henderson) made a couple of big runs and loosened them up. It got them into a little different mode. Once we got ahead, things started to happen.”

After two unsuccessful possessions in the A-D-M red zone early in the game, the Rams finally got on the scoreboard in the final minute of the first half. Quarterback Nick Uphoff capped a 59-yard drive with a 4-yard scamper with just 39 seconds left in the second quarter. The big play in the drive was a 27-yard pass completion from Uphoff to Grant Loeffelbein.

Glenwood wasted little time adding to its lead in the third quarter. Levi Henderson darted 51 yards for a touchdown on the Rams’ first possession of the half.

“That was a good run. He cut back,” Albert said. “He had a bunch of good stumble drills where he just balanced on his hand.”

Trailing 12-0, A-D-M scored its first touchdown of the night later in the quarter when Keegan Mumma picked off an Uphoff pass and returned it 20 yards for a score.

The Tigers kept the game close through three quarters, but a 34-yard interception return by Josh Mathews on the first play of the fourth quarter swung the momentum back to Glenwood.

Two minutes later, Dylan Blankenship broke the game wide open with a 37-yard TD run.

The Tigers did trim the Rams’ lead to 26-14 midway through the fourth quarter on a touchdown pass from Gavin Glenn to Joshua Sampson, but Ian Eflin sealed the win for the Rams with a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown with just over five minutes left in the contest.

“Eflin moved into a different defensive position,” Albert said. “He played well at safety when he had that club arm. He played last week when Mathews was ill. Tonight, we put him at defensive end knowing there would be a lot of passes. He has great foot speed, as you can see, once he got away.”

The Rams finished the night with 203 yards rushing and 70 yards through the air. Blankenship netted 124 yards on 26 carries while Henderson talled 59 on four attempts. Uphoff completed 6-of-14 passes for 70 yards. Tight end Cole Darrow hauled in three passes for 19 yards.

Loeffelbein, Mathews and Trent Jameson also had receptions.

On defense, Darrow was in on 11 tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage. Joe Morgan created havoc all night, recording nine tackles, including three quarterback sacks.

The Tigers finished the night with 309 yards passing and minus 3 yards rushing.

Scoring By Quarters

A-D-M 00 00 07 07-14

Glenwood 00 06 06 21-33

Scoring Summary

GLN – Nick Uphoff, 4 run (kick failed).

GLN – Levi Henderson, 51 run (kick failed).

ADM – Keegan Mumma, 20 interception return (Alex Reams kick).

GLN – Josh Mathews, 34 interception return (kick failed).

GLN – Dylan Blankenship, 37 run (Cole Darrow, pass from Uphoff).

ADM – Joshua Sampson, 42 pass from Gavin Glenn.

GLN – Ian Eflin, 69 interception return (run failed).