Blazers turn early Resorter miscues into Elkhart Lake’s first loss

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


JARED SHAW, Elkhart Lake freshman tailback, tries to break a tackle by Green Bay NEW Lutheran’s Gabe Lloyd (left) in Friday night’s football game. — Photo by Mike McGill JARED SHAW, Elkhart Lake freshman tailback, tries to break a tackle by Green Bay NEW Lutheran’s Gabe Lloyd (left) in Friday night’s football game. — Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – Cashing in on critical mistakes by Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, the Green Bay Northeast Wisconsin Lutheran Blazers bolted to a 23-0 lead after one quarter en route to a 43-8 romp here Friday night.

The Blazers upped their first-place record in the eight-man football Great 8 Conference North Division to 3-0 (5-0 overall). The loss was the first of the season for the Resorters who slipped to 1-1 in the division (4-1 overall).

Lutheran took the opening kickoff and marched 64 yards in 11 plays, climaxed by Noah Gosse’s 19-yard touchdown pass to 6-foot-6 tight end Nathan Toenjes who made a leaping catch in the end zone. Toenjes kicked the PAT for a 7-0 lead at the 6:59 mark in the first quarter.

The Resorters began their first offensive series strong as tailback Trevor Rebedew ripped off a 15-yard gain to the Elkhart 35. On the next play, the snap sailed over quarterback Elliot Van Oss and Toenjes recovered the ball and dashed 15 yards for a TD. Toenjes added the PAT which gave Lutheran a 14-0 advantage.

Only a 5-yard punt by Elkhart on its next possession set the Blazers up at the Resorter 25. One play later, fullback Joey Siudzinski rumbled 25 yards for a TD, taking advantage of missed tackles by Elkhart defenders. Lutheran led 21-0 with 4:10 left in the opening quarter.

The Resorters went three plays and out on their ensuing possession and were forced to punt from their 14. The snap went over the punter and out of the end zone which resulted in a safety for Lutheran, making it 23-0 with 2:11 left in the period.

“Coming into the game, we knew we could not make a mistake. The mistakes hurt us,” said Resorter head coach Barry Feldmann.

“They got the early momentum and that was a key. I liked our overall team character We could’ve folded but we didn’t.”

Elkhart averted a shutout when Van Oss scored on a 3-yard keeper up the middle with 7:11 remaining in the fourth period. Van Oss passed to Rebedew for a two-point conversion, cutting the deficit to 29-8.

The TD capped off a six-play, 55-yard drive which came after Van Oss intercepted a pass near the goal line and returned it to his 25. The key play in the series was a 41-yard pass from Van Oss to tight end AJ Lallensack to the Lutheran 8.

Elkhart had an onside kick following the TD but it was recovered by Lutheran at its 35. On the next play, running back Brett Patzke busted up the middle and raced 45 yards for a score. After a successful two-point run by Gosse, Lutheran led 37-8.

The Blazers’ swarming defense held the high-powered Elkhart offense to only 41 yards passing and 190 in total offense. Lutheran, keyed by strong blocking up front and powerful running by the backs, rolled up 238 yards on the ground. Leading the way was Patzke with 103 yards.

“We played hard and we stayed focused, and good things happen when you do that,” said Blazer head coach Dick Hassler. “Elkhart Lake is the toughest team we’ve faced. They played hard the whole game.

“Our game plan was to contain their quarterback. We had to spy him. We thought if we could contain him, we would have a good chance of winning,” Hassler said.

Van Oss, a dangerous runner, was held to only 50 yards on 17 carries.

Toenjes, a very tough matchup for the smaller Elkhart defensive backs, was the game’s leading receiver with 102 yards on five catches. Toenjes, a linebacker, was the key for the Blazer defense as he made several tackles.

“I was impressed the most by their overall speed. They beat us to spots and sealed us off [on offense]. They chipped our guards which freed Toenjes to make plays,” Feldmann said.

Rebedew led the Resorters in rushing with 64 yards on nine carries.

“Rebedew and [Jared] Shaw ran hard,” Feldmann said.

Defensive tackle Jordan Puchalla had a fumble recovery for Elkhart.

GB NEW LUTHERAN 43

ELKHART LAKE 8

NEW EL
First downs……...............................14 8
Rushing Yards…............................238 149
Passing Yards................................135 41
Comp-Att-Int….......................…6-11-1 1-11-2
Penalties-Yards.............................6-37 2-20
Punts-Averages.............................1-37 5-16
Fumbles-Lost……..................…..…1-1 1-1
Score by Quarters
NEWLutheran............................230614–43
ElkhartLake..................................000 8– 8
Scoring
NEW – Nathan Toenjes 19 pass from Noah
Gosse (Toenjes kick)
NEW – Toenjes 15 fumble return (Toenjes kick)
NEW – Joey Siudzinski 25 run (Toenjes kick)
NEW – Safety, punt snap rolled out of end
zone
NEW – Gabe Lloyd 34 pass from Gosse (run
failed)
EL – Elliot Van Oss 3 run (Trevor Rebedew
pass from Van Oss)
NEW – Brett Patzke 45 run (Gosse run)
NEW – Lloyd 22 run (kick blocked)
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Rushing – NEW Lutheran, Brett Patzke 13-
103. Elkhart Lake, Trevor Rebedew 9-64, Elliot
Van Oss 17-50.
Passing – NEW Lutheran, Noah Gosse 6-11-
1-135. Elkhart Lake, Van Oss 1-11-2-41.
Receiving – NEW Lutheran, Nathan Toenjes
5-102. Elkhart Lake, AJ Lallensack 1-41.
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