Resorters expect to compete for conference title

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

JORDAN PUCHALLA, Elkhart Lake defensive end, wraps up Abundant Life quarterback Zach Johnson for a safety in Friday night's football debut. — Photo by Mike McGill JORDAN PUCHALLA, Elkhart Lake defensive end, wraps up Abundant Life quarterback Zach Johnson for a safety in Friday night's football debut. — Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters have high expectations in their second season of eight-man football.

“I am glad it’s [season is] here. There are four new teams in our conference and good competition,” said Resorter head coach Barry Feldmann.

“I think we match up with very well with all of them. Its going to be a lot of fun.”

The Resorters will compete in the Great 8 Conference where they finished 4-2 last season and 4-5 overall. Abundant Life Christian (Madison) is the defending conference champion but is in a rebuilding mode this year. Elkhart opened its season Friday night with a 70-6 rout over the young Abundant Life team.

“I think we have a good shot at the title along with Green Bay Northeast Wisconsin Lutheran and Gibraltar,” Feldmann said.

Green Bay NEW captured second in the Great 8 last season with a 7-1 record.

The coach’s major goals are to go undefeated, win the conference and make the playoffs.

The Resorters have six starters back from last season who are also the team’s returning letter winners. The group includes junior quarterback-safety Elliot Van Oss, junior tailback-linebacker Trevor Rebedew, senior tight end-defensive end Dan Schneider, junior guard-defensive tackle Nick Miller, senior guard-defensive tackle Jordan Puchalla and junior guard-defen sive tackle Hunter Schoenborn.

Van Oss passed for 335 yards and three touchdowns last year. He also rushed for 250 yards and nine TDs. Rebedew is the Resorters’ top returning rusher from last season when he gained 342 yards for an impressive 7.4 average per carry and ran for four TDs.

The Resorters will run the Iformation and spread offenses this season. Feldmann said the running game will be the team’s strength on offense.

Feldmann expects the returning starters and senior AJ Lallensack, a tight end-linebacker, to lead the squad.

The coach said the team’s strengths include the skilled positions on offense and the linebackers on defense.

“Our [inexperienced] depth is a big concern right now. Over half of the team are underclassmen. Give us a couple weeks and we will be sitting pretty good,” Feldmann said.

The Resorters have 21 players, which is up from 18 last season, but eight of the them are freshmen. Among the newcomers this year, Feldmann has been impressed with Lallensack, freshman tailback-safety Jared Shaw, freshman tailback-center Dyllan Konen and junior fullback-linebacker Brock Bonebrake.

Feldmann pointed out the keys for the Resorters to have success:

“Staying injury free, staying focused and getting the underclassmen up to par with the offense and defense,” he said.

Aug. 23 – Abundant Life Christ., here
Aug. 30 – @ Oakfield
Sept. 7 – @ Three Lakes
Sept. 13 – Maranatha Baptist, here
Sept. 20 – GB NEW Lutheran, here
Sept. 27 – @ Sevastopol
Oct. 5 – Bowler (Homecoming), here
Oct. 11 – @ Gibraltar
Oct. 18 – Oneida Nation, here

Name Gr. Pos.
AJ Lallensack 12 TE-LB
Lucas Haaksma 12 C-E
Jordan Puchalla 12 G-DT
Dan Schneider 12 TE-DE
Elliot Van Oss 11 QB-S
Trevor Rebedew 11 TB-LB
Brock Bonebrake 11 FB-LB
Nick Miller 11 G-DT
Hunter Schoenborn 11 G-DT
Gunnr Johnson 11 TE-LB
Owen Kalbacken 10 G-DT
Trent Rebedew 10 TB-C
Giovanni Jimenez 10 TE-DE
Jarrett Schanke 9 QB-C
Raunel Jimenez 9 TE-LB
Jared Shaw 9 TB-S
Dyllan Konen 9 TB-C
Brennen Cain 9 FB-LB
Izaiah Annis 9 G-DT
Jeff Fredricks 9 C-DT
Andrew Sitko 9 G-DE

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