Vikings’ passing attack overwhelms Resorters

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


REGAN DIPPEL (88) and an unidentified Elkhart Lake teammate tackle Gibraltar quarterback Anthony Laughlin on a pass attempt in Friday’s BEC football game. Also shown are Gibraltar’s Tyler Kropuenske and Izaiah Annis. – Photo by Mike McGill REGAN DIPPEL (88) and an unidentified Elkhart Lake teammate tackle Gibraltar quarterback Anthony Laughlin on a pass attempt in Friday’s BEC football game. Also shown are Gibraltar’s Tyler Kropuenske and Izaiah Annis. – Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – Senior quarterback Anthony Laughlin and his speedy receiving corps put on an unbelievable aerial display for the Gibraltar Vikings as they rolled to a 72-32 rout over host Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah in an eight-man football game Friday night.

Laughlin threw for an amazing 576 yards and eight touchdowns in the Great 8 Conference game. He had a rifle for an arm and was able to connect for several deep passes as the Resorters’ defensive backs had trouble covering a talented group of receivers.

Three Vikings had over 100 yards receiving, led by Thor Johnson who caught eight passes for an impressive 264 yards and four TDs. Logan Ferrie and Trevor Reinhardt had 198 and 102 yards receiving, respectively.

“We shut down the run pretty well but just couldn’t stick with the pass. Their quarterback had a lot of time throwing the deep ball and when we started getting pressure on him, then he hit the short ball,” said Resorter head coach Josh Bardon.

“They have good receivers who are good off the ball, get quick routes and are tough to cover. Even when our guys were in good position he [Laughlin] threw a real nice ball over them.”

Elkhart’s pass coverage was hindered when their best cover man, the speedy Jared Shaw, was unable to play the whole game due a pulled hamstring.

The Resorters slipped to 3-3 on the season and the Vikings improved to 5-1.

Quarterback Shaw’s 83-yard TD dash and two-point conversion run pulled Elkhart to within 14-8 with 4:16 left in the first quarter. That would be as close as the Resorters would be the rest of the way.

The Vikings exploded for 36 points in the second period to build a 50-26 halftime lead. Laughlin fired four TD passes in the quarter.

An early turning point in the game occurred at the outset when Elkhart moved the ball to the Vikings’ 12- yard line on the game’s first possession, keyed by Shaw’s 14- and 15- yard runs. On second down and 7 at the 12, Shaw’s pass was intercepted in the end zone by Ferrie who was tackled at the Gibraltar 2.

One play later, Ferrie raced 61 yards to the EL-G 37. On the next play, Laughlin hit Johnson for 33 to the 4. On second down from the 1, Laughlin scored on a keeper up the middle. His two-point conversion run gave the Vikings an 8-0 lead with 8:51 left in the first quarter.

The Resorters, keyed by a strong performance by their offensive line, ran for an outstanding 359 yards. Leading the charge was senior running back Trent Rebedew who gained a career-high 202 yards on 23 carries with two TDs. Shaw added 166 yards on only seven carries with two TDs.

“Our offense was great. We really pounded it to them [on the ground]. Everyone blocked well. We played hard,” said Bardon.


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