A record setting season for the Storm Lake football team ended Friday night as the Glenwood Rams beat the Tornadoes 44-22 in the first round of the class 3A playoffs.
Cole Loeffelbein rushed for 157 yards on 29 carries and scored a pair of first quarter touchdowns that gave Glenwood a 14-0 lead at the end of the first stanza. Storm Lake would never get the game within single digits after that.
Glenwood quarterback Kolten Wilwerding tossed a ten yard scoring strike to Andrew Blum capping off a 71 yard touchdown drive to make it 21-0. The Tornadoes had a bad punt snap go through the back of their own end zone for a safety and the Rams had a 23-0 lead with just under six minutes to play in the first half.
That’s when Parker Lange electrified the huge home crowd with a 91 yard punt return that set up the Tornadoes at the Rams nine yard line. Two plays later Brayden Hoops scored from a yard out and would then catch a pass from Michael Demers for the two point conversion and it was 23-8 with 2:18 to go in the first half.
But then, with the Storm Lake crowd making a lot of noise, Wilwerding would then cap off an 83 yard TD drive with a 15 yard touchdown run with 0.7 seconds left and it was 30-8 at the half. The Rams out-gained the Tornadoes in the first half 258-37.
Demers would hit Lange with a 73 yard touchdown pass early in the 3rd to cut the deficit to 30-15, but the Rams responded with a 62 yard touchdown to make it 37-15 with just over four minutes left in the 3rd quarter. Storm Lake then put together an 80 yard scoring drive finalized by Kevin Duque’s 18 yard run up the middle to make it 37-22 with just under three minutes to play in the third quarter.
On their ensuing drive the Rams fumbled on their own 39 but Storm Lake could not convert and the score would stay the same until Mavrick Decker returned a pick six 20 yards with under two minutes to go for the final score of the game.
Glenwood finished with 422 yards of offense on 74 plays, Storm Lake had 220 yards on 45 plays. Storm Lake’s leading rusher Josh Werge was held to minus one yard on five carries. Demers finished the game 12 of 25 for 174 yards with one touchdown and two picks.
After the game KAYL’s Chris Boeckman spoke with 2nd year head coach Rudy Wieck.
Storm Lake concludes the year with a 9-1 record, 20 seniors suited up for the final time.
Glenwood is now 8-2 and will play Carroll in the quarter-final round of the 3A playoffs.