Rams win but miss playoffs

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

Glenwood won the battle but lost the war.

The Rams got five total touchdowns from Corey Bertini and racked up 422 yards rushing in a 48-20 victory over Atlantic to close on the regular season at Ram Memorial Field on Friday. But with Council Bluffs Lewis Central’s 38-10 victory over Creston, Glenwood falls just short of a trip to the state playoffs.

“We came into tonight with the goal of controlling what we could control,” said Glenwood coach Cory Faust after the game. “We wanted to come out and play our best game and I think we played really well. I’m proud of our seniors. They raised the bar. But it’s hard to take right now.”

On a night the Rams knew they had to have a win to have any hope at the playoffs, Bertini and the offense wasted little time.

Bertini raced 61 yards on Glenwood’s third play from scrimmage for the game’s first touchdown. After forcing a Trojan punt on the ensuing possession, the Rams marched 63 yards in seven plays to go up 14-0 with Bertini’s second touchdown, this time from two yards out.
Bertini connected with Cob Baker on a five-yard touchdown toss with 2:03 remaining in the half to put Glenwood up 21-0.

A pair of flags on the Rams aided Atlantic getting on the board just before halftime. The Trojans drew facemask and pass interference penalties on a four- play, 65-yard drive capped by a Joey Walker to Tristen Benn touchdown strike.

The Trojan scoring drive did nothing to dampen the Rams’ momentum. Glenwood came out after intermission and went back up 28-7 on Bertini’s third rushing touchdown of the night.
Atlantic took advantage of a Ram penalty on a punt to get a second chance on the ensuing possession. Walker raced into the endzone from 44 yards out three plays later to trim the lead to 28-14.

Glenwood responded with touchdowns by Gage Shatava and two by Spencer Smith while holding the Trojans to a pair of punts and 32 total yards on its next two drives.

The Ram offense was nearly flawless on the night, racking up more than 500 yards for the second straight game and punting just twice. At the helm of that offensive machine was Bertini, the Rams’ 6-foot-5, 191-pound senior signal caller.

“Corey is a special player,” Faust said. “He can do it all. With me coming here and with  the staff situation the way it was, we ran the offense I knew best and it probably isn’t the best fit for his skill set. But he bought in and never complained one bit. He became a much better athlete this year and he’s always been a great leader. We’re going to miss him next year for sure.”

Bertini finished with 179 yards rushing on 18 carries and added 109 yards and touchdowns on 7-of-13 passing.

Smith also carved up the Trojan defense for 151 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries.

“You have to credit everybody for that,” Faust said. “This was a team effort tonight. Everybody started understanding their roles and doing their jobs and when you      have     two             good backs we pitch it to or throw to, it’s hard to stop.”

Atlantic finished with 353 total yards.

Glenwood entered the game with a clear playoff scenario: win by  13 or more points along with a Lewis Central loss and the Rams would be in their first playoffs since 2009. Midway through the third quarter, Glenwood Athletic Director Jeff Bissen informed Faust of the Titans’ score, like dashing the Rams’ playoff dreams.

“He had been giving me some updates. I saw the halftime score and it didn’t look good,” the coach said.

With their 5-4 record, Glenwood finishes with a winning record for the just the second time since 2000.

“That’s another thing these guys can be proud of and hang their hats on,”: Faust said. “You’d love to have a couple games back. You can second guess yourselves forever. I’m just proud of these guys and the way they took care of business tonight.”

Scoring Summary
G  14  07  13  14   48
A  00  07  13  14   20

Game Summary
G – Corey Bertini, 61 run (kick good).
G – Bertini, 2 run (kick good).
G – Bertini to Cob Baker, 5 pass (kick good).
A – Joey Walker to Tristen Benn, 26 pass (kick good).
G – Bertini, 6 run (kick good).
A – Walker, 44 run (kick good).
G – Gage Shatava, 1 run (kick failed).
G – Bertini, 25 run (kick good).
G – Walker to Jacob Dvorak, 46 pass (kick failed).