Balanced Rams win on road
Glenwood used a balanced offense and a strong fourth quarter in a 42-14 road win at Winterset Friday in Class 4A, District 6 football.
The Rams (4-2) weren’t perfect, said head coach Cory Faust, but there was much to like in the win.
“I think we played better,” he said. “I think we still had a run of penalties and some unforced errors, but I’d say we had less of those. I don’t think it’s an effort thing, I think we’re playing hard and continuing to improve. I’m happy but I know there’s still room for improvement.”
In its previous two district games, the Rams turned the ball over a total of nine times in a win and a loss. Against the Huskies Friday, Glenwood turned it over just once and tallied 427 total yards – 202 through the air and 225 on the ground.
“I think we want to be able to do what’s there,” Faust said of his team’s offensive production. “We want to have a team that if the defense is playing the pass heavy, we can run the ball and vice versa. So, credit our offensive line: Mason Koehler, Taden Kindt, Nick Delaney, Dylan
Wyatt and Parker Getter. They did a nice job blocking and we have several different guys who can run the ball.”
The Rams closed the first half scoring the final 14 points and in the second half, leading 21-7 heading into the final frame, closed it out with three fourth quarter touchdown drives.
Faust liked how his team finished against Winterset.
“I’m definitely happy we finished strong,” Faust said. “I think it says something about us being in decent shape and the fact that our guys played hard to end each half. That’s a good sign.”
Quarterback Kayden Anderson led the Rams offense completing 12-of-17 passes for 202 yards. The senior didn’t find the endzone, but he did become Glenwood’s all-time leader in passing yards with his 28-yard, fourth quarter connection with Peyton Longmeyer. Anderson currently sits atop the Ram record books with 3,885 yards in his career.
“I’m happy for Kayden,” Faust said. “He’s a really good player. He’s very coachable and always trying to get better. He’s improving every day. Any time you can get someone who breaks records at the quarterback position you have to look at the guys around him. He’s played a couple very talented teams the last two years. I think he’d be the first to tell you he shares this success with his teammates.”
Kellen Scott led the Rams rushing attack with 84 yards on 13 carries. He also scored two TDs. Trent Patton added two TDs and 82 yards rushing of his own.
Longmeyer hauled in six passes for 92 yards to lead the receivers.
Winterset tallied 242 total yards in the loss.
Glenwood is back at home this week hosting Dallas Center-Grimes (3-3). Faust said the Mustangs records is deceiving.
“They are a good team,” Faust said. “They started the year, for whatever reason, and didn’t play very well but they are trending up. They’re coming off a win over a good Norwalk team. They’re very well coached and we’ll have our hands full. We’ll need to play our best game this Friday.”
Kickoff at Ram Memorial Field is 7 p.m.