Behind 289 rushing yards and a dominating defensive effort the Glenwood football team put last week's season opening loss behind them with 35-12 victory over Clarinda at Ram Memorial Field Friday.
Ram running back Dylan Blankenship set the tone early for Glenwood after hold the Cardinals (0-2) to a three-and-out on their first possession. The 6 foot, 220 running back carried the ball twice on the ensuing drive, capped by his 14-yard touchdown scamper with 6:47 remaining in the first quarter.
The run, in which Blankenship burst through the line and broke several tackles before reaching the end zone, would be repeated early and often in the opening quarter.
After another three-and-out, Blankenship scored from 39 yards out right through the middle of the Cardinal defense. The five play, 61 yard drive took less than two minutes and put Glenwood up 14-0.
On the ensuing kick off the Cardinals fumbled and Eliot Lincoln recovered for Glenwood on the Clarinda 20. Four plays later, on a fourth and three, Blankenship weaved through the Cardinal defense for his third touchdown on the quarter and a 21-0 Glenwood lead.
“He set the tone,” said Glenwood coach Brian Albert of Blankenship, who ran for 120 yards and three scores in the opening frame. “He'd get a good hole, get four or five (yards) and run over a guy and get 10 or 20 more. He had a tremendous average (per carry) tonight.”
The Rams went up 28-0 with 7:30 to go in the half on Nathan Knight's one-yard yard touchdown burst. The 5-foot-6, 160 pound junior carried three times on the 54 yard scoring drive for 29 yards.
Glenwood ended the first half with 215 total yards, 155 coming on the ground, to the Cardinals' 38 total yards.
“We didn't want to run it that much but we got ahead so early. I've been there, we didn't want to run it up. They lost all but three starters this year, so they're having a tough time,” said Albert. “I don't know of any starter I was disappointed in. I thought we played sharp and aggressive. We subbed a lot but this was a game we could do it.”
Albert kept the starters in for his team's first series of the second half. Glenwood went up 35-0 on the that drive with 7:22 left in the third quarter when running back Levi Henderson found the end zone on a 12-yard scamper to cap an eight play, 78 yard drive.
Albert substituted freely the remaining quarter and a half with all but four varsity players seeing action.
The Cardinals finally got on the board with their first touchdown of the season when Kevin Ridnour raced to the end zone from 20 yards out with 9:37 to go in the game. Clarinda added another score in the waning seconds of the game on a half-back pass by Quentin Sturm to Anthony Card from 14 yards out.
“We tried to mix it up on defense, we didn't want to wholesale change,” said Albert whose team played most of the fourth quarter with second and third teamers on defense. “That got us in trouble last week when we wholesaled changed the defense and St. Albert got a 50 yard touchdown.
“On offense we got a lot of things done. We wasted about every time getting kids in the game after we took out the varsity.”
Glenwood finished with 353 total yards. Blankenship carried 14 times for 160 yards and three touchdown in a little over two quarters of work. Starting quarterback Nick Uphoff threw for 57 yards and added 30 rushing before giving way to back-up Drake Ruth in the second quarter.
Clarinda totaled 133 yards.
The only area Albert didn't seem pleased was his team's 12 penalties, mostly on false starts and delay of game penalties because of late substitutions.
“A lot of them were on the subs, getting in and out and not listening. It was just one of those delays playing a lot of guys and sometimes having a different quarterback in,” he said.
G – 21 07 07 00 – 35
C – 00 00 00 12 – 12
G – Dylan Blankenship, 14-yard run (kick good), 7-0.
G – Blankenship, 39-yard run (kick good), 14-0.
G – Blankenship, 13-yard run (kick good), 21-0.
G – Nathan Knight, 1-yard run (kick good), 28-0.
G – Levi Henderson, 12-yard run (kick good), 35-0.
C – Kevin Ridnour, 20-yard run (kick failed), 35-6.
C – Quentin Sturm to Anthony Card, 14-yard pass (kick failed), 35-12.