That’s how long it took Glenwood to exert its will on Red Oak in its season-opening football victory on Friday.
The Rams marched 56 yards in 10 plays, all rushing attempts, capped by quarterback Corey Bertini’s three-yard plunge on the game’s opening drive, to go ahead 7-0 and cruise to a 43-13 victory before a reporter-estimated 400 at Ram Memorial Field.
After going up 7-0 the Ram defense forced a Tigers’ three-and-out, giving Glenwood the ball back at the Tigers’ 44-yard line. Another grinding, ground oriented drive lasting 12 plays put Glenwood up 14-0 on Brogan Weddum’s nine-yard scamper.
The Tigers turned the ball over on their ensuing possession. Glenwood took over at the 16 and took advantage when Spencer Smith raced in for a touchdown on the very next play.
While Red Oak struggled to mount an offensive attack, netting just nine total yards, two punts and a turnover on its first three possessions, the Rams’ first three possessions totaled 21 points, 126 yards and all the momentum they needed.
“I thought our guys up front really set the tone and Corey Bertini did a nice job really leading everybody and executing well. I know he’s going to wish he threw the ball better, but I was really happy with everybody from the receivers to the running backs to the line. I have to give it up to the coaches. The offensive staff did an awesome job getting them ready to play.”
After forcing the Tigers’ third three-and-out of the half Bertini connected with Weddum for an 88-yard bomb to make the score 29-0 with 9:48 to go in the half.
Red Oak held Glenwood on a fourth-and-six at the Tigers’ 40. Red Oak got on the board eight plays later when sophomore tailback Brock Isaacson sprinted into the end zone from 18 yards out.
But Glenwood wasn’t about to let the half end there.
The Rams got the ball back with just over a minute remaining before halftime at its own 45. A 30-yard run by Logan McCorkle set up the Rams at the Tiger 25. A six-yard scramble by Bertini, an 11-yard dart to Brandon Bichel and a seven-yard run by Weddum moved the ball to the two-yard line with 9.8 seconds left and set up the final play of the half. Bertini’s pass connected with Weddum near the goal line and the junior running back did the rest to make the score 36-7 at intermission.
Glenwood opened the second half much like it did in the first. After forcing a Tigers’ three-and-out, the Rams found the end zone with a six-play, 52-yard drive capped by Smith’s second touchdown run of the game. With the score 43-7, the clock ran continuously due to the “mercy rule.”
In the game’s waning moments the Tigers forced a Ram turnover and two plays later converted that into a touchdown on Evan Mellott’s six-yard run.
The Rams finished with 410 total yards, 271 rushing. Bertini compiled 202 total yards (141 passing, 61 rushing) and accounted for two touchdowns. Smith finished with 76 yards and a touchdown and Weddum added 78 rushing and 92 receiving.
Red Oak finished with 236 total yards, all on the ground.
“It’s never as bad as you think and it’s never as good as you think,” Faust said. “We’ll look at the film. There’s lots of things we can get better at. We have to stay hungry and humble and come back next week and play a one-game season.”
G 14 22 07 00 – 43
RO 00 07 00 06 – 13
G – Corey Bertini, 3 run (kick good).
G – Brogan Weddum, 9 run (kick good).
G – Spencer Smith, 14 run (two-point conversion good).
G – Bertini to Weddum, 88 pass (kick good).
RO – Brock Isaacson, 18 run (kick good).
G – Bertini to Weddum, 4 pass (kick good).
G – Smith, 12 run (kick good).
RO – Evan Mellott, 6 run (kick failed).