(Glidden) Glidden-Ralston has lost only four games over the past two football seasons. One of those was in Week 0 last year to eventual state semi-finalist Murray (by just two ponits). The other three setbacks the Wildcats have endured in that span have all been to Exira-EHK.
The Wildcats and head coach Kreg Lensch make no secret about it that ever since this season's 47-7 loss to the top ranked Spartan in Week 5, his team has been hoping for another opportunity to play Exira-EHK. That chance for payback comes tonight when the teams meet in Exira to battle for a semi-final spot. Coach Lensch says his team has been steadily improving ever since that previous matchup. The numbers agree, as the Wildcats have scored at least 50 points in three of their last four games. They've also allowed 15 points or less in three straight contests.
Glidden-Ralston's road to the quarterfinals includes a 51-15 win over Sidney followed by a 38-14 decision over Boyer Valley. Senior running back Jake Bruggeman had a huge night in the opening round with 254 yards and four TD's. In the second round against Boyer Valley five different players had at least one reception while three different players rushed for at least 40 yards. Coach Lensch says that diversity on offense will be important in a matchup with Exira-EHK.
It's the second straight year these teams meet in a game with high stakes. Last year Glidden-Ralston had Exira-EHK on the ropes before a late Spartan comeback ended the Wildcat's season. Coach Lensch says his teams ability to play much closer in the playoffs was a combination of steady improvement throughout the year and making key adjustments.
Tonight's quarterfinal matchup will air on 96.5 FM KSOM beginning at 7:00. The coverage will also stream live at 965ksom.com
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