Grant Stivers’ 339-yard passing night in his first career start wasn’t enough for Glenwood in a 26-13 loss to Atlantic on Friday.
“We rushed the ball very poorly,” said Glenwood coach Brian Albert. “We put up more yards than them but it was almost all passing. They got quick scores and got down and we had to pass to try and catch up. We couldn’t bounce back.”
Stivers, a junior, finished his first start 15-of-33 with two touchdown tosses and a pair of interceptions. Stivers earned the start after senior Jon Williams, who started the first four games as the Glenwood offense struggled, hurt a hip in practice.
“Jon had played well and we planned on playing him maybe but they score quick, we get down and that kind of changed what we hoped to do,” said Albert.
Stivers’ favorite target of the night was Eliot Lincoln. Lincoln, a 5-foot-8, 160 pound senior, caught four passes for 173 yards and two scores. Cole Darrow added three catches for 56 yards.
A third touchdown pass from Stivers to Lincoln for 51 yards was called back on a holding penalty Albert felt was questionable and a Glenwood drive inside the Trojans’ five yard line in the fourth came up empty.
“We didn’t have some calls go our way but getting down in a hurry like we did didn’t help us either,” said Albert. “They’re kind of a struggling team like us right now and we’re down 13-6 before we knew it and we couldn’t get it going.”
The Trojans finished with 263 total yards, with all but 88 of it coming on the ground. The Ram defense held the Trojans to less than four yards per carry but the Glenwood offense could only muster six net yards rushing of their own on 22 carries.
Albert admitted it’s not his preference to throw 33 times and run just 22 in almost any game plan.
“Hopefully we can combine the two together (running and passing) and we’ll narrow down our scope of the offense and hopefully we can perfect some of those thing to figure out what we can do,” said Albert.