Football season one week away

by Dave Boehler Review Sports Editor


Elkhart Lake assistant coach Chris Petrie watches linemen go through drills at practice last week. – Photo by Michael McGill Elkhart Lake assistant coach Chris Petrie watches linemen go through drills at practice last week. – Photo by Michael McGill Ready or not, high school football teams have just one week left until the season starts.

“Everybody’s excited about the year and just wants to get rolling,” said Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah eight-man coach Josh Bardon. “We’ve got a lot of returners from last year, a lot of young guys that got a lot of time, so there’s that youthful excitement. We just want to get going and play games already.”

Teams have scrimmages tonight, so that helps.

But the Resorters have just two seniors after a total of three last season.

“A lot of freshmen and sophomores got a big dose of experience last year,” Bardon said. “So they’re coming in with a good head on their shoulders. It’s a pretty smart group, so they retained a lot. It’s been a good, fast start … a good first couple of days.”


Plymouth senior running back Josh Koll scampers with the ball during practice last week. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke Plymouth senior running back Josh Koll scampers with the ball during practice last week. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke Since the start of practice last week, Plymouth and Howards Grove coaches having been looking for athletes to step up and assume the new positions that are open.

“You always come in with new kids and a new outlook,” Panthers’ coach Dan Knaus said. “It’s not like college where you recruit kids and bring them in. These are homegrown kids and kids change. Bodies change. We just want to see who stepped up. Everybody worked hard in the offseason but who can translate that to on the field, showcase it for us.”

Plymouth has to replace seven starters on defense and six on offense, which is slightly higher than usual according to the coach.

“I’ve liked what I’ve seen so far,” Knaus said. “What I would like to see more of is that second level – our twos – need to take a step forward. There’s too big of a gap right now between our ones and our twos.”

Tigers’ coach Dave Schmid says all 13 of his seniors played big roles last season, so he is in the same predicament as Knaus.

“When you have a senior class of 10, maybe six or seven will contribute,” Schmid said. “But when you have a senior class of 13 and all of them contribute, that’s almost twice as many as we normally have.”

Howards Grove has nine seniors this season, and again, many should contribute.

“We had a really successful season last year, so we couldn’t do it without good juniors,” Schmid said. “I look for them to contribute quite a bit. They’re going to be the heart and soul of our team. And the juniors this year are going to fill in nicely, too. But again, a lot of those guys it’s their first time on varsity.”


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