The game of the year in the Central State Eight Conference lived up to the billing, and then some, last Friday night as the Glenwood Titans capped off an undefeated regular season with a 56-26 thumping of previously unbeaten Rochester.
In front of a massive crowd, the host Titans responded to some third quarter adversity with a 97-yard scoring drive, followed by three more touchdowns in the final nine minutes to run away with the victory.
In defeating the Rockets for just the second time in 10 tries, the Titans wrapped up a solo CS8 championship as well. Glenwood shared the title last year with Rochester, with the Rockets winning the head-to-head matchup.
“It was a lot of fun, and we’ve been working real hard for this,” exclaimed GHS offensive coordinator Trevor Lehnen. “Many years of preparation, and many conversations of winning conference championships and more. The kids came out and did it.”
“At times it was a lot of work, and at times it was a lot of fun,” added GHS head coach David Hay. “Our kids faced some adversity there in the beginning of the second half and then responded, and that’s what you have to do in a tough ball game against a good, quality football program.”
Senior quarterback Luke Lehnen completed 13-of-22 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns, and he added 62 yards and three more scores as well. Lehnen also kicked off and booted two extra points in the first quarter as the team awaited kicker Alek Votava’s arrival from the GHS soccer game in Mattoon.
Lehnen added his name to the Glenwood record books, passing 1999 graduate Griff Jurgens in career passing yards. Lehnen now has 5,006, to 4,998 for Jurgens, who led the team to the Class 4A state title in 1998.
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