Rams stay perfect in district
Glenwood took control of the game early and never let up as the Rams rolled to a 30-7 Class 4A District 6 victory over Winterset Friday night at the Glenwood Activities Complex.
The Rams improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in district play with the win, while Winterset fell to 1-5 and 1-1.
“That was probably our best game overall,” Glenwood head coach Cory Faust said. “I know defensively, that’s the best we’ve played. Winterset’s tough to defend. They do a lot of different things, a little non-traditional of how they run the ball down hill with some different formations and they do a lot of trick plays. Our guys did a good job of kind of adjusting to those things and really shut them down.”
The Rams began the game with an impressive 9-play, 78-yard scoring drive that culminated with a 6-yard touchdown run by Casey Godbout.
Later in the first quarter, quarterback Kayden Anderson teamed up with Renner Bardsley on a 7-yard TD pass to the put the Rams up by two scores.
Winterset reached the red zone early in the second quarter but a diving interception by Anthony Driscoll-Lee at the Glenwood 7 yard line ended the threat.
Later in the period, a 40-yard punt return by Payton Longmeyer set the Rams up for another score - a 21-yard field goal by Conner King.
A second field goal by King, a 17-yarder, gave Glenwood a 20-0 lead right before halftime.
Winterset’s lone touchdown of the night came early in the second half on a 58-yard touchdown pass from Connor Pashek to Brayden Dinkla.
The Huskies tried an onside kick after trimming Glenwood’s lead to 20-7 but it was recovered by the Rams’ Cole Staudt.
Glenwood reclaimed the momentum and later mounted another scoring drive that ended with a Godbout touchdown run.
The teams traded turnovers for much of the second half. Trent Patton had a fumble recovery for the Rams and Tyler Harger intercepted a Pashek pass, but the Rams also had three turnovers of their own.
The final points of the night came early in the fourth quarter on a 33-yard field goal by King.
Statistically, the Rams outyarded Winterset 363-235. Anderson completed 17 of 28 passes for 189 yards. Longmeyer was his top target, hauling in six receptions for 84 yards. Tristan Meier was the Rams’ leading rusher with 64 yards on 14 attempts.
Defensively, Trent Patton led the way for the Rams with six solo tackles and one unassisted. ,Gavin Connell had four solo and three assisted stops.
Faust said he’s pleased with the progress the Rams have shown as the season’s worn on.
“A couple weeks ago, that Harlan game (a 49-14 loss) was a gut punch,” he said. “That was one of those nights where everything goes wrong. No disrespect to Harlan, but I know that wasn’t a sign of our team. A lot of times when you play a game like that, you start to have a lot of cancerous attitudes – some non-winning behaviors – but our guys have bounced back and not done that so I’m proud of them for that.”
At 2-0, the Rams sit atop the district standings with Lewis Central, their opponent this Friday night in Council Bluffs.
"Lewis Central is really good. We’re going to have to play really well, obviously, but we like having a challenge,” Faust said. “We don’t mind being the underdogs. We’ve got a good team. When we’re all playing hard and playing for each other, we’re tough to beat.”
W 00 00 07 00 – 07
G 14 06 07 03 – 30
GLN - Casey Godbout, 6 run (Conner King kick).
GLN – Renner Bardsley, 7 pass from Kayden Anderson (King kick).
GLN – King, 21 FG.
GLN – King, 17 FG.
WST – Brayden Dinkla, 58 pass from Connor Pashek (Luke Linde kick).
GLN – Godbout, 4 run (King kick).
GLN – King, 33 FG.