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Rams Pummel Panthers in Third Straight Win

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Junior Noah Carter takes a hand off from senior Andrew Blum.

Junior Noah Carter takes a hand off from senior Andrew Blum.

Photo by Ryan Schnurr

Photo by Ryan Schnurr

Junior Noah Carter takes a hand off from senior Andrew Blum.

Nick Stavas, Managing Editor

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Glenwood (6-1, 4-1) travelled to Creston (1-6, 0-5) and took care of business Friday night. On an evening with odd start times and harsh weather around the area, the Rams did not blink an eye as they pegged their third straight victory with a 49-13 blowout win over the Panthers.

Head Coach Cory Faust was happy with his team’s performance. “I thought our guys played really well,” said Faust. “I know Creston’s record makes it easy to overlook them, but they have some really good players.”

The Rams got the train rolling early and never looked back. Senior slot back Josh Ruth started off the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter. Junior fullback Noah Carter followed with two scores of his own put the Rams up 21-0 with six minutes left in the first half. Not long after Carter’s second score of the night, junior slot Cooper Silvius broke open a 55 yard touchdown run to extend Glenwood’s lead to 29-0.

The Panthers found the endzone before the first half expired, however. Creston quarterback Eli Loudon delivered a dime to a streaking Michael Scherer for a 63 yard touchdown to close out the first half.

The second half was much of the same, as the Rams continued to control both sides of the ball with ease. Senior quarterback Andrew Blum opened up the second half with a 12 yard scamper into the endzone. Creston answered with another deep pass to Scherer for a 50 yard score, making it 36-13 in favor of the Rams.

Junior linebacker Brett Mower scored Glenwood’s first defensive touchdown of the season when he stripped Creston’s Mitchel Swank and took the ball 46 yards for a score, breaking tackles and fighting off Panthers along the way. Noah Carter rounded Glenwood’s point barrage with a three yard touchdown rush, his third score of the night.

Coming off the best game of his career last week, Carter once again had a huge outing on the ground for the Rams. He totaled 167 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries on the night. Blum was no slouch himself, as he tallied 151 yards and a score on 22 carries as well.

Faust was once again impressed with his two main ball carriers, but did not hesitate to give credit to his offensive line for another strong display.

“When you can run the ball like that, it’s because you got great guys on the offensive line,” said Faust. “We moved Kris Mintle to tight end this week and he did a great job, and then we use our slots, Silvius and Ruth, to block a lot and they did a really good job too.”

Carter also gave props to his offensive linemen after a night of fantastic running for the Rams.

“I felt pretty good,” Carter said. “We obviously have some really good guys up front, they open up holes and just let me move the ball.”

Not only was the offense stellar, but Glenwood’s defense did not waiver despite allowing two big pass plays. The Rams stamped out anything the Panthers tried to do in the running game, holding Creston to just 99 yards rushing all night and recording 10 tackles for loss as a team. Senior Caleb Sanders, Anthony Sherry, Isaac Bales and Dillon Wiser were wreaking havoc in the Panther backfield the entire night.

After Harlan’s (6-1, 5-0) one point victory at Winterset (5-2, 4-1), the Cyclones have taken an outright lead in the District 7 standings. With both teams tied for second in the district, Glenwood will host Winterset in a week eight game that will have large playoff implications. A full preview of that game will be written later in the week.

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