Mistakes haunt Rams in 21-7 homecoming loss

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

It wasn’t the homecoming game the Glenwood Rams and their fans had envisioned.

Winterset scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to pull away for a 21-7 win Friday night before a capacity crowd at Ram Memorial Field. With the loss, the Rams fell to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the Class 3A, District 9 standings. Winterset improved to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in the district.

“It’s disappointing that we didn’t play better, win the game, hold them to less points or score more, but I thought for the most part, our kids battled hard,” Glenwood coach Cory Faust said. “We’ll have to look at the film, reevaluate where we’re at and fix some stuff.”

Glenwood turned in a solid defensive effort for most of the game, but gave up just enough big plays to let the Huskies escape with the win. Offensively, the Rams were plagued by costly turnovers, penalties and squandered scoring opportunities.

Glenwood chewed up more than six minutes of play clock on its first offensive possession of the game, but penalties prevented the Rams from putting points on the scoreboard.

Both teams failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities in the second quarter. The Rams lost a fumble at the end of a nifty run near midfield, but got the ball back when Zamder Carda recovered a fumble at the Winterset 28 yard line on the Huskies’ ensuing possession. The Rams pushed the ball into the red zone, but came up empty-handed on the scoreboard with a missed field goal attempt.

The game remained scoreless going into halftime as both teams missed field goals in the final minute of the second quarter.

Glenwood grabbed the momentum on the second-half kickoff when Kyle Jorgensen recovered a Winterset fumble at the Husky 26 yard line. Unfortunately, the Rams failed to turn the turnover into points as quarterback Zach Carr was sacked on a fourth-down at the Winterset 23.

The scoring drought finally ended midway through the third quarter when the Rams took advantage of a blocked punt by Cole Mayberry, which was returned to the Husky 20 yard line by Brock Smith.  A 16-yard misdirection run on third-and-11 by Colton Schutte gave the Rams a first down at the 5 yard line. He scored two plays later from 1 yard out to break the deadlock. Alex Nusser’s conversion kick put the Rams up 7-0.

Glenwood’s lead was short-lived, however, as Winterset answered in the final minute of the quarter with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Casey Kleemeier to Hunter Pashek.

A fumble on Glenwood’s next offensive play set up Winterset’s go-ahead touchdown. Two long runs by Pashek and a personal foul penalty on Glenwood put the ball on the Rams’ 2 yard line. Kleemeier capped the drive with a 1-yard scoring plunge.

Kleemeier helped the Huskies put the game away with a pair of interceptions on the defensive side of the ball and then connecting with Brock Johnson on a 27-yard TD pass in the final minutes of the game.

“They have two really good receivers and they’ve got a lot of speed – probably as much speed as anybody we’ve played,” Faust said. “Their quarterback is really good at extending plays. Hats off to them, they played better.”

Pashek was the offensive hero for Winterset, tallying 205 yards of total offense.

The Rams tallied ??/ yards of total offense.

The Rams’ next opponent is Harlan, a perennial southwest Iowa and Class 3A power. Faust said he expects his squad to give the Cyclones a strong effort.

“I believe in our kids, still, but this is going to be a challenge,” he said. “You’re disappointed. Things aren’t working out like you want – it’s a good test of our character and our resolve.”

Scoring Sumary
Winterset       00  00  07  14 – 21
Glenwood       00  00  07  00 – 07

Game Summary
GLN – Colton Schutte, 1 run (Alex Nusser kick).
WIN – Hunter Pashek, 32 pass from Casey Kleemeier (Tage Kaldenberg kick).
WIN – Kleemeier, 1 run (Tage Kaldenberg kick).
WIN – Brock Johnson, 27 pass from Kleemeier (Tage Kaldenberg kick).