Lynx No Match for Rams in Season Opener

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    The Glenwood Rams opened the 2017 season with a 45-0 home victory over the Abraham Lincoln Lynx on Friday night. Led by a stifling defense and a great run game, the Rams crushed any hope of a Lynx win from the very first snap.

    Glenwood started off the game with a stop deep inside AL territory. A 40 yard punt return by sophomore Zach Carr gave the Rams great field position, and they were able to capitalize with a two yard touchdown run from junior Cooper Silvius.

     Another defensive stop was answered by a touchdown pass from senior Andrew Blum to fellow senior Cody Buresh to put Glenwood up 14-0 early in the game. The Ram defense  forced yet another three-and-out and the offense kept rolling when Silvius took it to the house from 25 yards out for his second score of the night, making it 20-0 at the end of the first quarter.

    The Rams continued their success on defense thanks to a stellar performance from the defensive line, one that would continue all night long. On the next offensive possession, Blum showed off his improvising skills. On a shotgun pass, Blum was flushed out of the pocket, but kept the play alive and eventually found junior Colton Schutte in the endzone for a 45 yard touchdown pass to give Glenwood a 26-0 lead.

    Scoring was not the only thing the Rams did well. Great special teams plays and fantastic defense killed any kind of attack the Lynx attempted to execute. Glenwood continued its success on offense later into the second quarter when Silvius found the endzone once again on a 10 yard touchdown run to make the score 32-0 headed into halftime.

    Glenwood came out firing in the second half, picking up right where they left off. Blum connected with senior wideout Nate Kennedy for a 37 yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, and the Rams cruised to the finish from there. Senior Ben Roenfeld capped off the scoring for Glenwood with a three yard touchdown rush early in the fourth quarter. The defense kept up its dominance and kept the Lynx out of the endzone, sealing the shutout victory for the Rams.

    Not only did the Glenwood defense hold the Lynx scoreless, but they only allowed 39 total yards and one first down the entire night. Head Coach Cory Faust commented on the defensive dominance in a postgame interview.

    “Obviously when you can keep people out of the endzone for the whole game, it’s really good,” said Faust.

     Faust credited the defensive line and linebacker play as major contributors to the shutout effort. He also mentioned a standout performance from senior cornerback Kohen Watson, who made some big plays when the ball was thrown his way.

    Junior linebacker Eli Bales led the team with seven total tackles, two of which were for loss. Senior all-state lineman Caleb Sanders also had two tackles for loss as well as a sack. Junior safety Brett Mower had the lone interception on the night, which came late in the first half.

    On offense, the player of the game was Silvius, who rushed for 64 yards on eight carries and racked up three touchdowns in his varsity debut.

    A humble Silvius was quick to give the credit to his teammates for his success, and didn’t comment on his personal performance.

    “I think our team’s pretty good this year, we’ve been working hard in practice and the coaches are preparing us.” he said. “I think we’re ready to go, we just need to get better for these upcoming games, there’s some really tough opponents coming up.”

    Faust didn’t hesitate to give Silvius props for his production on Friday night.

    “Cooper, we know, is a really good runner, he always knows what he’s doing, he understands the offense, he blocks well, and he can catch the ball.”

    Faust also gave praise to his other slot back, Schutte. “He [Schutte] is kind of an x-factor on our offense. He can run the ball, he can block, he’s physical, and he’s really good in the passing game too.”

     All in all, Faust applauded the play at slot back from both players. “We really like our slots, and we are going to continue to find ways to use them.”

    Despite nursing a groin injury, Blum had a good night in the passing game, completing six passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns.

    “Andrew is a really good player, obviously,” said Faust. “Some of the ad-libbing he can do is not something you can coach.”

    Both Faust and Silvius were happy with Glenwood’s performance, but wasted no time implying that there is always room to improve.

    “I think we could be a little quicker in the backfield, and part of that is probably because we’ve been holding some guys out and slowing them down in practice,” said Faust.

     Silvius said, “Some of those little errors we had, we just need to kind of fix stuff up, and tweak some little things, but I think that we are ready to go.”

     The Rams could have a tough test next week when they travel to Council Bluffs to take on the 1-0 Thomas Jefferson Yellowjackets. TJ running back Cameron Baker, who was highly regarded heading into the 2017 season, did not disappoint in his junior debut. Baker ran for 223 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns in the Yellowjackets’ 28-14 win over Denison. Needless to say, the Rams could have their hands full next Friday. Glenwood and TJ will kick off at 7pm at Council Bluffs Stadium.