For the second week in a row the Glenwood offense struggled and a district foe took advantage.
Council Bluffs Lewis Central held the Rams to 111 total yards and forced three turnovers in a 35-0 rout at Ram Memorial Field on Friday.
“They're very quick and their size is effective,” said Glenwood coach Brian Albert of the Titan's defense that hasn’t allowed a touchdown in three straight games. “They’re not huge but their size to speed is quick, they have a lot of running back type people playing defensive line so that combination and quickness was tough for us.”
For the first time this season the Glenwood defense held its opponent out of the end zone on their game-opening drive. That victory, however, was short lived. Following a Glenwood three-and-out and a shanked punt that netted six yards, Lewis Central took the ball from the Ram 35 yard line and marched in for a 7-0 lead following quarterback Chance Otto’s one-yard sprint.
The Ram defense held up well for most of the first half, holding a fourth down in their own territory and recovering Otto’s fumble at the Rams’ three to keep within striking distance. But the Glenwood special teams finally broke when Nate Connealy grabbed a Glenwood punt at his own 32 and raced 82 yards down the sideline for the touchdown.
Five Glenwood first-half possessions netted two turnovers, four punts and just four first downs.
Field position and costly turnovers hurt the Rams all night.
“We had some bad punts early and had been able to maintain some field position without the turnovers, we might have gone on into half at 7-0 but they got the turnover and got one in,” he said.
Glenwood opened the second half much like the first, turning the ball over twice, sandwiched around a punt, leading to 21 Titan points.
Trailing 35-0 with nearly 10 minutes to go in the game and the mercy rule running-block in effect, Albert pulled his starters and played his reserves the rest of the way.
“They had some big plays. They have some big play people,” said Albert. “We just don’t have that one play dynamic to score touchdowns. They do because they have four or five guys with that speed. It’s not that we don’t have that speed, we just can’t simulate it in practice ever. And that frustrates some of our kids.”
The Rams have been outscored 70-0 the last two weeks and have scored two touchdowns all season. Albert admitted his team just hasn’t been very good on offense the first four games but he couldn’t put the blame on anyone area for their lack offensive production.
“We have some new lineman, we have a few kids that changed positions,” said Albert. “We just don’t have real real good ‘feet’ and we’re not effective right now. We got by the first game and caught them off balance throwing the ball pretty well but we didn’t have a great offensive night that night either. Compared to this defensive front, we just don’t have enough foot speed.”
The Titans out-yarded the Rams 342 to 111, and held a 287 to 72 rushing advantage. Glenwood also turned the ball over three times to the Titans’ one and committed six penalties of their own.
“We’ve played three tough teams back-to-back and we’re in a slump,” said Albert. “I would have liked to have it the other way around and had a couple wins and maybe battle a little bit and give them a game.”
G 00 00 00 00 00
LC 07 07 14 07 35
LC - Chance Otto, 1 run (kick good).
LC - Nate Connealy, 68 punt return (kick good).
LC - Connealy, 6 run (kick good).
LC - Brandon Wilson, 11 from Otto (kick good).
LC - Otto, 4 run (kick good).