Resorters lose finale on Senior Night

Matt Kraus Review Correspondent


JARED SHAW, Elkhart Lake quarterback, scores on a twopoint conversion run after the Resorters’ only touchdown in Friday’s football game versus Sevastopol. – Photo by Mike Mc- Gill JARED SHAW, Elkhart Lake quarterback, scores on a twopoint conversion run after the Resorters’ only touchdown in Friday’s football game versus Sevastopol. – Photo by Mike Mc- Gill ELKHART LAKE – The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters’ eight-man football team celebrated Senior Night here Friday night and saluted four members of the team, Trent Rebedew, Owen Kalbacken, Collin Leibham and Bailey Klug as the Sevastopol Pioneers came to town to conclude the season.

“It’s tough to lose seniors in a small program like ours but this year we only lose four. Last year it was eight,” said Redorter head coach Josh Bardon,

“It would be nice to see Trent Rebedew be able to come back for one more year. He got a chance this year and was important to the team,” said Resorters head coach Josh Bardon.

The Resorters’ defense came out stout as they defended a screen pass on the opening play for a 2-yard loss. Sevastopol ultimately punted on 4th-and-11 but Elkhart turned the ball over to the Pioneers on a second-down fumble.

Sevastopol converted the turnover into a 10-play, 49-yard touchdown drive, highlighted by a fourth-and-24 fake punt that gained 25 yards and a first down at the Resorters’ 25-yard line. Sevastopol needed four more plays to score on a 3-yard run by senior running back Quinlyn Schram.

The two-point conversion attempt failed and Sevastopol led 6-0 midway through the first quarter en route to a 44-8 Great 8 Conference victory over the Resorters.

“It was a tough year, but we remained positive,” said Bardon.

The seeded game matched the the third-place teams from the two conference divisions. Elkhart Lake finished 4-5 overall and 4-2 in the Great 8 Conference South Division for third place and did not qualify for the eight-man football Jamboree for the first time. Sevastopol concluded the season at 7-2 overall and third in the North at 4-2.


TROY REBEDEW, Elkhart Lake linebacker, tackles Sevastolpol running back Jeremy Jorns for no gain as teammates Jared Shaw (left) and an unidentified player close in during Friday’s football game. – Photo by Mike McGill TROY REBEDEW, Elkhart Lake linebacker, tackles Sevastolpol running back Jeremy Jorns for no gain as teammates Jared Shaw (left) and an unidentified player close in during Friday’s football game. – Photo by Mike McGill After giving up two touchdown receptions to Dylon Iverson for 17 and 28 yards in the second quarter which put the Pioneers up 20-0, the Resorters were able to cross the goal line for a touchdown of their own. Taking advantage of a poor punt by the Pioneers, Jared Shaw ran in from 4 yards out to conclude a 32-yard drive. Shaw added a two-point conversion run, cutting the Pioneers’ lead to 20-8 with 2:00 remaining in the first half.

The Pioneers were not finished with first half scoring as Iverson scored his third and final touchdown of the game on a 59-yard catch-and-run from Blake Bowden-Sargent. The two-point attempt was converted by Schram on a reception from Bowden-Sargent.

The Resorters took possession of ball at their own 17 with 30 seconds remaining in the half. Trent Rebedew gained 7 yards on first down and 12 yards on third-and-four for a Resorters’ first down. Following a timeout, Jared Shaw gained 15 yards but suffered an ankle injury as time ran out, requiring him to be transported from the field by ambulance.

While Sevastopol’s offense struggled most of the second half, Schram returned a Resorters’ punt 80 yards for a touchdown following the Resorters’ opening drive of the second half. Schramm later added a 59-yard run for the final score of the game. Two-point conversions were successful following both touchdowns.

“We came out of the locker room at halftime full of energy. The kids came out yelling ‘Do it for Shaw,’” said Bardon.

The Resorters finished the game with 173 yards rushing, led by Rebedew’s 86 yards on 23 carries.

“We moved the ball at times, but got to a point where we stalled. It would be easy to blame it on inexperience but we are in the ninth game of the year, so everyone has enough game experience,” concluded Bardon.


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