Top-ranked HCHS seeks 4-0 start against rival Rams

 GLENWOOD (Sept. 17) -- The Harlan Community football team has won 48 out of 51 all-time meetings vs. Glenwood with many lopsided scores along the way.
 But in the last decade - or since Cory Faust took over as Rams’ head coach in 2012 - a one-sided series has morphed into more of a true gridiron rivalry.
 Glenwood defeated HCHS by a touchdown in both 2016 (49-41) and 2019 (28-21) and has lost three times by nine points or less during the last eight meetings. Last year, the Cyclones trailed 13-0 late in the third quarter before rallying in a rain storm to prevail 22-13.
 The series resumes Friday night in Glenwood when the top-ranked Cyclones (3-0) try to finish off an unblemished non-district slate against the 2-1 Rams at 7:00 p.m.
 “I think they don’t like us very much,” said HCHS head coach Todd Bladt when asked about the recent tenacity of the series.
 “They always rise up and play very well against us. I think there’s no love lost between the schools. The kids have been battling each other all the way back from when they were in third grade, so it’s going to be a battle. It always is against Glenwood. They’re going to put a good product on the field and we’re going to have to dig down like we have been doing and get the job done.”
 The Cyclones have certainly been tested so far this season, having rallied back to beat a very good Lewis Central team, 36-29, in Week 1 and pulling away in the second half last Friday to beat fourth-ranked (3A) Sergeant Bluff-Luton 55-26.
 Glenwood’s non-district season has been up and down. The Rams have posted two road shutouts, blanking Atlantic 38-0 in Week 1 and winning 48-0 in Week 3 against an Abraham Lincoln team that scored a combined 80 points in wins over Thomas Jefferson and Denison-Schleswig.
 Sandwiched between those wins was a 52-16 home loss to Indianola, the top-ranked team in Class 4A. Glenwood quarterback Brock Sell was lost to a season-ending knee injury in that game, forcing junior Tate Mayberry into the demanding role of Ram QB as a 5-foot-11, 165-pound junior.
 Mayberry completed just 7-of-23 passes (110 yards) and was intercepted twice in emergency action vs. Indianola. Following a week of practice time with the number ones, he bounced back against AL to throw for 101 yards (10-of-19) while carrying the ball 13 times for 128 yards and three touchdowns.

Comment from Glenwood's Coach Faust: "Harlan is as talented as any team I've seen on film in my 20 years coaching football. They have multiple skill players that are elite playmakers to go along with a really solid team all around. They are well coached, as always, and they have no weaknesses.  They are my pick to win a 3A state championship."

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