Glenwood (4-1, 2-1) bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 52-14 blowout of Denison (3-2, 2-1) Friday night. The Ram offense was rolling with a dangerous rushing attack and a stellar performance from the offensive line, all while their defense was the same as it has been all season, holding their fifth straight opponent to less than 20 points.
Head Coach Cory Faust was pleased with the sharpness his squad exhibited after a sloppy start to the season on offense.
“I’m happy, I thought we needed that,” said Faust. “It seemed like we cleaned up a lot of the mental errors… I thought it was good to score early in the game and the defense was also pretty good overall.”
Mistakes and offensive miscues were a running theme through the first part of the season as the Rams failed to score a first half point in the three games prior to Denison. However, that all changed as they got going early and never looked back.
Glenwood opened up their scoring barrage when senior quarterback Andrew Blum ran it in from eight yards out to put the Rams up 7-0 early in the first quarter. Their next scoring opportunity would come quickly as the Monarchs coughed up the football on the next possession and gave Glenwood fantastic field position inside the 10 yard line. It wasn’t long before Blum found the end zone again to make it 14-0.
Junior Noah Carter would soon find his way into the scoring column on a two yard touchdown run. A 27-yard field goal from Alex Nusser and a 45 yard touchdown pass from Blum to senior wideout Cody Buresh gave the Rams a 31-0 lead.
Denison marched down the field quickly and scored on the final possession of the first half. A 10-yard play action pass from quarterback Drew Polzin to receiver Evan Wiebers put the Monarchs on the board, making the score 31-7 at halftime.
The second half was much of the same, as the Rams continued to dominate on both sides of the ball. Junior Cooper Silvius found added to the Glenwood lead with 55 yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. Prior to this game, Silvius had only touched the ball 21 times all season, but last night he was the Rams leading rusher, finishing with 158 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries. Our Barrett Auto Center Player of the Game commented on his performance.
“Our line was getting a lot of push, the guys were blocking really well,” said Silvius. “The coaches told me earlier this week that they wanted to lean on me a little more and I’m just glad I could help the team in a positive way.”
Glenwood finished out the game with another Blum touchdown run, as well as a 13-yard scamper from sophomore second-string quarterback Cole Mayberry late in the game. Polzin connected with wideout Cameron Webb for a 12 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring for the Monarchs.
Blum totaled 74 yards on the ground and a season-high three rushing scores on just 11 attempts all night. He also completed two passes for 48 yards, including his 45 yarder to Buresh for the lone passing touchdown.
Glenwood’s running game was on fire, as they racked up a whopping 393 combined rushing yards. Faust was happy with how smoothly the Rams ran their classic triple option offense, something they had struggled with all season.
“I just think we executed better,” he said. “We got the ball pitched quite a bit tonight, which I think it was good to get it on the outside, but it really just comes down to executing and not having as many of those mental errors.”
It was business as usual for the Glenwood defense, as they held the Monarch offense to just 71 yards rushing and under 300 total yards of offense. Senior lineman Caleb Sanders led the team in tackles with six solos and four assists, totaling eight stops on the night. Senior Isaac Bales also had a solid night in the trenches, recording seven total tackles including six solo stops.
In other district action, Winterset picked up a huge 22-19 win over Carroll to remain in a tie with Harlan for the first place spot. Glenwood now sits at 2-1 in the district, tied with Denison for outright second place in the standings. Both Faust and Silvius expressed confidence in the Rams as they move deeper into the season.
“I know we have good players, it’s just going to come down to our humility as a team and our willingness to keep trying to get better,” said Faust.
“[We feel] pretty good, we always want to be the scrappiest team in the state, so that loss [to Harlan] kind of hit us hard,” said Silvius. “We wanted to show that we can come out here and play our game.”
The Rams certainly did just that, and now they will move into next week’s homecoming game against Atlantic (3-2, 1-2) with a lot of momentum.