The Glenwood Rams (8-1, 6-1) finished off the season with a 42-20 blowout of the ADM Tigers (1-8, 0-7) on senior night. Glenwood played classic Ram football, pounding the ball on the ground and bashing the Tigers for 384 total rushing yards.
This win marks Glenwood’s fifth blowout victory in a row to close out the regular season, giving them all the momentum in the world headed into the playoffs. Head Coach Cory Faust was happy with his team’s performance, but stressed that there were things on which the Rams can improve.
“I thought we played well,” said Faust. “There were a few things we need to clean up on special teams, but I thought we were solid overall.”
Glenwood got out to an early lead and never looked back. Senior quarterback Andrew Blum started with a nine yard touchdown run, followed by four straight scores from junior tailback Noah Carter to put Glenwood up 34-7 at halftime.
The dominance on both sides of the ball carried over into the second half, as the Rams came right out and scored off a Blum touchdown run from three yards out. With a comfortable 42-7 lead, Faust allowed most of the seniors to take the field as it was the final home game of the year for Glenwood. The Tigers were able to put two more touchdowns on the board in the fourth quarter, but the Rams had no issues finishing them off.
“We took care of them right from the start” said Blum. “We were able to move the ball easily because of the great blocking up front from our big boys and the defense did their normal thing by stopping ADM no matter what they threw at us.”
Glenwood’s rushing attack was spread out and well balanced, as they had four ball carriers run for at least 55 yards. Carter was the leading rusher with 99 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries, while Blum finished with 76 yards and two scores on nine carries. Senior slot back Josh Ruth posted his best game of the season, racking up 95 yards on just seven attempts, and junior slot Cooper Silvius carried the ball 12 points for 59 yards.
Not only did Blum have a good night on the ground, but he actually flung the ball around a bit. He completed nine of 17 passes for 99 yards. Our Jeff Henry Chevrolet Player of the Game commented on his busy night.
“I felt pretty good about how I played,” he said. “I felt pretty confident back there in the pocket.”
Blum has been a constant throughout the entire season, averaging 102 rushing yards per game. While Blum has been in the shadow of Carter’s eye-popping numbers in the past couple weeks, Faust credited him for his consistent solid play and his competitive edge throughout the season.
“Andrew is a good athlete, but what sets him apart is that he is an outstanding competitor, Faust said. “Whether it is practice or a game, he loves to compete and that is contagious. Considering he has been played through injury most of the past two seasons, his performance is even more impressive.”
Both Faust and Blum pointed out that there are certain things they need to work on this week, but expressed confidence in Glenwood’s chances as they approach postseason play.
"We are relatively healthy for this time of the year and we have great talent and depth,’ said Faust. “Everybody is good in the playoffs, but we are primed to make an awesome run.”
Blum said, “I think a couple things we need to work on is to limit the turnovers as much as possible, avoid giving up the big plays on defense and to continue to move the ball on offense. We’ll be pretty hard to stop if we can manage those things.”
The eighth ranked Rams will travel to take on District 1 Champion and 3A No. 4 Sergeant Bluff-Luton (9-0, 7-0) in round one of the Class 3A State Playoffs. This will be Glenwood’s third straight playoff appearance.
More coverage of the Rams’ opening round playoff game can be found throughout at GlenwoodSports.com as well as the Full Timeout Podcast.