Lopez-Lloyd shines for ELG

by Dave Boehler
Review Sports Editor

RAISTLIN LOPEZ-LLOYD (No. 40) made his season debut for the ELG football team Friday. — Photo by Mike McGill RAISTLIN LOPEZ-LLOYD (No. 40) made his season debut for the ELG football team Friday. — Photo by Mike McGill When Oakfield trounced the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah football team in Week 1, 51- 0, there wasn’t a thing sophomore Raistlin Lopez-Lloyd could do about it.

“Obviously I wish I could’ve made it,” he said. “I did think about the team a lot. But my sister’s a big part of my life.”

Lopez-Lloyd was at his sister’s wedding in Kenosha and found out the result when he returned home. He was not happy.

“I was pumped, the whole week,” Lopez-Lloyd said. “I was ready to hit someone.”

And run … and run some more.

On Friday, Lopez-Lloyd carried the ball 28 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s 36-6 home victory over Rockford Christian.

“He’s a big part of our team on offense,” Resorters’ coach Josh Bardon said. “Having him there just makes things click a little easier.”

Lopez-Lloyd was one of three starters who did not play in the season opener, and another one missed the second half with an injury.

ELG failed to complete a pass and gained just 55 yards rushing against the Oaks.

So all week, Bardon wanted his team to build off the loss.

“Even though it looked ugly, we had a lot of positives,” the coach said. “We had a lot of young guys playing and a lot of guys playing out of position, so taking that fact that there was a lot of positives – even in a loss that was backbreaking – we had a lot of good things come out of it. A lot of guys that we didn’t know could play certain positions that really did.

“We just wanted to build off of last week. We treat losses as they’re a loss, but they’re not a total loss if we can learn from it and clean up the mistakes.”

Consider them cleaned up.

ELG outgained Rockford, 302-42, as quarterback Cody Rebedew threw one touchdown pass and ran in another score.

“It was a big accomplishment for the team to come together,” Rebedew said. “We all came together and pulled off a great win.”

One of the things the Resorters address in practice last week was pass blocking to give Rebedew more time to find receivers.

“He showed last year he could throw the ball and complete a lot of passes,” Bardon said. “So you give him a little more time and he did the same thing this week.”

The only scoring came in the first and final quarters.

Rebedew threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Austin Henschel before Lopez-Loyd scored from 1 yard out. After the Eagles returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, Rebedew’s 2-yard TD run gave his team a 22-6 lead.

In the fourth, ELG put the game away by putting Lopez- Loyd at quarterback in the wildcat position.

He capped the clinching drive by taking the snap in shotgun formation and scored from 6 yards out for a 30-6 lead with 8 minutes 54 seconds to go.

“As we started to get going, we got our energy back up,” Lopez-Lloyd said. “Once are energy got back up, it was nothing from there. We just kept pushing and pushing.”

Yoshi Sesoko gave his team the 30-point win by scoring from 1 yard out 4-plus minutes later.

“It’s a great confidence builder, and we needed that,” Bardon said. “And honestly we could’ve got even more (points). We had plenty of mistakes from really pushing it up.

“But it’s a great confidence builder for everybody to come out and play well.”

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