There was simply no answer for Jared Shaw and the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah football team Saturday.
Valley Christian had trouble handling the physicality of the Resorters as Shaw accounted for all five touchdowns on the day and Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah cruised to a 33-8 win in a Great 8 South Conference game played in Oshkosh.
“My hat is off to Elkhart Lake, they were very, very physical,” Valley Christian head coach Jim Schiek said. “It was difficult for us to respond to that. I don’t know if it was that we won a few games and our response was that we were going to be a little bit relaxed, but I want to thank my coaches because they were trying to make every adjustment possible from a defensive perspective and an offensive perspective.”
It was hard to tell which proved to be more of a challenge for Valley Christian: the Resorters’ offensive or their defensive line.
Offensively, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah (3-2, 3-1) rushed for 357 yards as a team and got 233 yards and three touchdowns from Shaw. Defensively, it clogged the middle and kept the Warriors from doing any damage offensively.
Valley Christian (3-2, 2-2) only finished with 161 yards of total offense, and 68 of those yards came on the third play of the game.
Valley Christian quarterback Adam Olszewski found Richard Wang who made a nice catch, and ran it in for 68 yards as the Resorters’ defensive back fell down as Wang went up for the catch just a few minutes into the game.
But it didn’t take long for Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah to respond. Two plays later, Shaw found an opening and scored on an 86-yard run to tie it up at 8-8.
After the Resorters blocked a punt on the ensuing drive, Shaw found the outside and scored his second touchdown – from 12 yards out – to give his team a 14-8 lead. Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah went on to score with just 10 seconds left in the quarter – a 19-yard TD pass from Shaw to Owen Kalbaken – to give it a 20-8 lead.
The Warriors played much better defensively after that first quarter, but it didn’t matter because the Elkhart Lake defense was too strong as it held the Warriors to just 53 yards on the ground on 36 carries.
Valley Christian only had 57 yards of offense and one first down in the second half.
“It was very tough (to get things going offensively),” Schiek said. “We’re going back to the drawing board and going to keep a very positive attitude. Positive energy will feed off this team and we’ll be ready next week against Oakfield on a short week.”
Elkhart Lake extended its lead early in the second half when Shaw connected with Kalbaken once again, this time from 16 yards out. The Resorters scored their last touchdown on a 13-yard run from Shaw with just over 3 minutes remaining.
Despite giving up two touchdowns in the second half – one because of good field position late in the game – the Warriors played much better defensively. They forced a fumble and four turnover on downs out of the seven offensive possessions for the Resorters.
“We did (start to play better), you know, we started to feel like when we had a little bit of success it started to breed a little more success,” Schiek said. “They were still physical and it just kind of wore on us.”
Trent Rebedew added 102 yards on 21 carries for the Resorters while Abe Schiek led the way for Valley Christian with 42 yards on 16 carries. Wang added 25 yards on five carries.
Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah…20 0 6 7 — 33
Valley Christian…8 0 0 0 — 8
VC — Richard Wang, 68 pass from Adam Olszewski (Michael Dunn pass to Brent Kiefer), 10:31.
ELK— Jared Shaw, 86 run (2 pt run), 8:58.
ELK — Shaw, 12 run (run failed), 5:25.
ELK— Owen Kalbaken, 19 pass from Shaw (run failed), :10.
ELK— Kalbaken, 16 pass from Shaw (pass failed), 11:01.
ELK — Shaw 13 run (kick good), 3:22.
First downs…6 11
Total yards…161 392
Passes (C-A-I)…5-24-3 2-4-0
Passing yards…108 35
Rushing: VC— Abe Schiek 16-42; Richard Wang 5-25. ELK— Jared Shaw 23-233-3; Trent Rebedew 21-102.
Passing: VC— Adam Olszewski 5-22-108-1. ELK— Shaw 2-3-35-2.
Receiving: VC— Wang 1-68-1; Wesley Schiek 1-20; Brent Kiefer 1-17. ELK— Owen Kalbaken 2-35-2.
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