Turnovers, Miscues Plague Rams as Bishop Heelan Spoils Home Opener

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  The storms in the sky held off long enough for the Glenwood Rams to take on Bishop Heelan in a Class 3A non-district matchup Friday night in at Ram Memorial Field. Unfortunately for the Rams, a storm of turnovers plagued their offense as Heelan came away with a 21-7 victory.

  Glenwood took an early 7-6 lead late in the first quarter, but more miscues on special teams allowed the Crusaders to take a 9-7 lead into halftime. The Rams would never sniff the endzone again, as the second half was dominated by the Heelan defense. Special teams mishaps and turnovers on offense were a headache all night for Glenwood, stalling any kind of momentum they would build.

  The rushing attack, which is usually a staple of the Glenwood brand, struggled all night. Junior quarterback Zach Carr led the Rams with 55 yards on 19 carries, while senior running backs Noah Carter and Cooper Silvius combined for 42 yards on 20 carries.

  After allowing a Heelan touchdown in the first two minutes of the game, the Ram defense was stellar throughout the evening. The stat book may not show it, but Glenwood had loads of big stands deep inside its own territory.

  Heelan running back Tommy Schiltz was held to minimal gains throughout the first half, but later in the game began to find holes in the Rams defensive front. Schiltz finished the night with 117 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries.

  Now 1-1 on the season, the Rams will try to bounce back next week as they play host to Class 2A opponent Kuemper. The Knights also took a loss last night as they fell to South Central Calhoun 36-6, making their record 1-1 as well.