Glendale’s perfect regular season on the gridiron illustrates just how much a team can take on the personality of its coach.
Glendale (Mo.) beat Camdenton 63-35 at Lowe Stadium on Friday night to finish the regular season 9-0, win the Ozark Conference championship and secure a No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the district playoffs. The Falcons were mostly stoic after the game, short of a few smiles or high fives.
Senior wide receiver Luke Montgomery had eight receptions for 140 yards and three touchdowns, and managed a slight grin.
“We’ve got more to accomplish and higher goals to achieve, so it’s just a step in the right direction,” Montgomery said.
Glendale quarterback Alex Huston went 34-of-46 passing for 486 yards, seven touchdown passes, an interception and a rushing touchdown. His season totals jump to a nation’s-best 4,492 passing yards and 56 touchdown passes. He also exceeded 10,000 yards for his career in just 20 games. He averages an amazing 505 yards passing per game.
Two seasons ago, the Falcons went 2-8. It was coach Mike Mauk’s first season at Glendale. The Falcons were 5-6 last season. The jump to 9-0 is a near total turnaround.
“It’s through all the work we’ve put in through the years with Coach Mauk, just trusting the process, and it’s a really good feeling to finally go undefeated and win the conference,” Montgomery said.
With a reminder of the playoffs coming up, Mauk showed his usual calm postgame demeanor. He credited the senior players for sticking through the tough seasons.
“It’s really hard to believe in somebody telling you something that you are capable of accomplishing that they as a group had never been a part of it,” Mauk said. “They were resilient, they didn’t give up and right now they’re not only being great players, but they’re being great leaders as well.”
The win marks the fourth time a football team from Glendale has won nine games in a season since the school opened in 1963. Glendale’s last nine-win season was in 1996. What’s more, no Glendale team has ever won 10 games in one season.