Glenwood rolls in 69-7 road win

Glenwood’s Payton Longmeyer hauled in two touchdown passes in the Rams’ 69-7 win over Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson.

It’s hard to imagine a better opening half of football for Glenwood.

The Rams snapped the ball 22 times on offense and on those plays they tallied 282 yards and 42 points. On defense, might have been even better, giving up just 25 total yards and zero points on Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson’s 28 offensive snaps.

That recipe for success carried Glenwood to a dominating 69-7 rout of the Yellowjackets in Class 4A, District 6 play Friday at Whickersham Athletic Complex in Council Bluffs. The Rams’ 69 points are their most in game in more than two decades.

“It was a good game in all phases, including when reserves got in the game,” said Glenwood coach Cory Faust. “Ryan Poland-Molina’s scoop and score in the second half was one of the most exciting plays of the season.”

The senior defensive back’s defensive score from 30 yards out came after the Rams built a huge lead behind a balanced offensive attack and that smothering defense.

Offensively the Rams finished with 419 total yards, 216 passing and 203 rushing.

Kayden Anderson led the offense with 191 yards passing and four touchdowns on 8-of-10 completions. In all, eight different players recorded a rushing attempt with Tate Mayberry, Kellen Scott, Briten Maxwell, Nolan Mount and Tristan Meier all scoring a touchdown. Payton Longmeyer scored touchdowns on both of his receptions with Tyler Harger and Casey Godbout also hauling in TD grabs.

Faust said the Rams’ offensive and defensive success started upfront.

“Our starting offensive line - Kaden Flott, Taden Kindt, Logyn Eckheart, Parker Getter, and Taden Kindt - did a nice job again, and Zack Kelsey, Preston Longchaya, Eckheart, Reagan Skarnulus were dominant on the defensive line.”  

The coach also touted the play of linebackers Gavin Connell, Ben Batten and Kellan Scott and how they “flowed to the ball really well.

“Scott continued to show his playmaking ability on defense, and also when he was at QB for two series in the second half,” Faust said.

The Rams (5-3) are back in action Friday for their regular season finale at the Glenwood Athletic Complex. With Dallas Center-Grimes (2-6) in town and the Rams’ playoff hopes still alive, Faust will have his team focused and ready to play.  

“We’ll have a big challenge this week with DCG,” he said.  “They are one of the top passing teams in class 4A. Their record is deceiving as they played one of the toughest non-district schedules in the state.”

Kickoff Friday is set for 7 p.m. The game will be preceded by Senior Night activities for the Rams’ 19 seniors.


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