Challengers’ passing attack overwhelms EL-G

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


REGAN DIPPEL (68) of Elkhart Lake opens a big hole for quarterback Jared Shaw who scores on a 5-yard touchdown run against Abundant Life Christian in Friday’s football game. The Challengers’ Stephen Manke attempts a tackle. – Photo by Mike McGill REGAN DIPPEL (68) of Elkhart Lake opens a big hole for quarterback Jared Shaw who scores on a 5-yard touchdown run against Abundant Life Christian in Friday’s football game. The Challengers’ Stephen Manke attempts a tackle. – Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – You had a feeling it was going to be a rough night Friday for the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah defense when Abundant Life Christian hit a 72-yard touchdown pass on the game’s first play from scrimmage.

The Challengers from Madison went on to rout the host Resorters, 50-22, in a Great 8 Conference South Division eight-man football game. Abun- dant Life upped its division-leading record to 4-0 (5-0 overall) and EL-G fell to 1-3 (2-3 overall).

The Challengers’ first score was from quarterback Mike Rhatican to speedy running back Obi Iwuagwu who blew by the Elkhart secondary on a fly pattern. The two-point conversion pass was good from Rhatican to Justin Schmiesing which made it 8-0.


TROY REBEDEW, Elkhart Lake running back, churns for extra yardage against the Abundant Life Christian defense in Friday’s football game. – Photo by Mike McGill TROY REBEDEW, Elkhart Lake running back, churns for extra yardage against the Abundant Life Christian defense in Friday’s football game. – Photo by Mike McGill Rhatican had an outstanding game through the air with 349 yards and six TDs. Iwuagwu had an impressive receiving performance with five catches for 174 yards and two TDs. Iwuagwu caught a 71-yard scoring pass on a bomb in the third period.

“They came out and beat us. We played great at times, just not consistent enough. Their speed was definitely tough to deal with,” said Resorter head coach Josh Bardon.

“We did a nice job on the runs – stretching out the play and taking good angles – but then got caught on a deep pass or a screen play.”

One of the Challengers’ screen passes went for a 14-yard score from Rhatican to Will Donohoe.

“They’re a good team that didn’t make a lot of mistakes, and they definitely used their speed to their advantage. We showed great effort through the whole game. We just made a few too many mistakes,” said Bardon.

The Resorters suffered two turnovers and had three snaps over the quarterback’s head which resulted in big losses.

Senior quarterback Jared Shaw scored all three of Elkhart’s TDs, including one on a 51-yard gallop in the third quarter.


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