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ELKHART – It was a very long trip west for the Inman football team on Friday, but they made it worth the miles as they manhandled Elkhart 43-13 in the second round of the Class 1A state playoffs.

Several things make the game big for the Teutons and their fans.

One, Elkhart came into the game with just one loss while Inman was just barely above .500 at 5-4. Now the Teutons are 6-4 and moving on to the third round of the Class 1A state playoffs where they will battle Plainville while Elkhart is done for the season at 7-2. Plainville will come into next Friday’s game with a 9-1 record after having beaten Ell-Saline, 53-21, on Friday.

Number two, the Teutons made up for the season ending, 53-10, dismantling that Elkhart gave them a year ago – also in the second round of the playoffs!

Number three, the Teutons have not won for the sixth time in eight games after struggling to an 0-2 start at the beginning of the season.

According to Teuton Head Coach Lance Sawyer, “We played extremely well in all facets of the game. I thought our special teams were the key tonight. We were able to pin Elkhart inside their 20-yard line on almost every possession and our defense was able to get some good stops and our offense started almost every possession on their half of the field. Derick Johnson was key with two punts that pinned them inside their 10-yard line and one at the one-yard line.”

Inman scored twice in the first quarter on a 13-yard scoring pass from Jace Doerksen to Derick Johnson and a 43-yard scamper into the end zone by Kolby Blank. Carter Brown connected on the first two of his five extra-point kicks.

The Teutons added two more scores in the second quarter when Brown rammed in from five yards out and Doerksen threw his second scoring pass of the evening, this time an 18 yarder to Kendyn Blank. Brown added one two-point conversion to his extra-point kicks as well. Elkhart did drive down and earned a five-yard scoring run in the quarter, but Inman had a commanding 29-7 advantage going into the halftime break.

Inman finished out the game with a Jace Doerksen six-yard scoring run in the third quarter and a four-yard run into the end zone from Kolby Blank in the fourth while giving up one more score to Elkhart in earning their 53-13 victory.

Looking at the stat sheets one would think the game was a lot closer as the Teutons out gained Elkhart by just 62 yards, 234-171 in total offense despite Elkhart running 54 plays to the Teutons 40. Both teams rushed for 171 yards on the ground, with Inman doing it in just 27 carries while Elkhart ran the ball 46. The big difference in the game came in the passing game as Inman passed for 63 yards while the host team missed all four pass attempts and had two of those intercepted by the Teutons.

Kolby Blank continued his late season running rampage as he covered 127 yards on 11 carries, while Jace Doerksen completed five of eight passes for 63 yards with Derick Johnson catching three of those for 38 yards.

“Offensively, we knew their focus was going to be on Kolby,” noted Coach Sawyer. “It was important that we had some other people step up and play well. Even with the added attention, the line was able to open up some huge holes for Kolby and he continued to excel.”

Carter Brown and Sam Kleinherenbrink were monsters on defense for the Teutons as Brown recorded five solo tackles while assisting on another nine and Kleinherenbrink had three solo stops, and five assisted tackles with four of those solo stops being for a loss of yardage. Nine Teutons recorded at least a pair of total tackles in the game.

Speaking of the defense, Coach Sawyer continued his reflections by adding, “Our defensive unit was really good and everybody understands their role which leads to them playing so well as a unit. Our secondary was really good with Jace (Doerksen) getting a one-handed interception that was unbelievable. Carter Brown and Justin Schroeder played extremely well filling gaps up the middle and Nate Shober along with Sam Kleinherenbrink were able to contain their quarterback on the edges.”

Coach Sawyer concluded his post-game reflections by looking ahead to next week and saying, “We are extremely excited to bring a Regional Championship back to Inman. We are excited to be able to host Plainville next Friday.”




INMAN            14        15        7          7          = 43

Elkhart             0          7          0          6          = 13


TEUTONS – Derick Johnson on a 13-yard pass from Jace Doerksen (Carter Brown Kick) 7-0

TEUTONS – Kolby Blank on a 43-yard run (Carter Brown Kick) 14-0


TEUTONS – Carter Brown on a 5-yard run (Carter Brown ran for 2-point conversion) 22-0

TEUTONS – Kendyn Blank on an 18-yard pass from Jace Doerksen (Carter Brown Kick) 29-0

Elkhart – Scored on a 5-yard run (Kick was good) 29-7


TEUTONS – Jace Doerksen on a 6-yard run (Carter Brown Kick) 36-7


TEUTONS – Kolby Blank on a 4-yard run (Carter Brown Kick) 43-7

Elkhart – Scored on a 12-yard run (Kick failed) 43-13


TEUTONS         Elkhart

First Downs                                         12                    13

Total Yards (Plays-Yds)                        40-234             54-171

Passing (Comp-Atts-Yds-Tds-Int)         5-8-63-2-0       0-4-0-0-2

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds)                        27-171-4          46-171-2

Turnovers (Fumbles-Lost-Int)              0-0-0                2-0-2

Penalties (#-Yd)                                   6-55                 4-41


Passing (Comp-Atts-Yds-Tds-Int): Jace Doerksen 5-8-63-2-0.

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds): Kolby Blank 11-127-2; Carter Brown 4-24-1; Justin Schroeder 4-17-0; Jace Doerksen 5-4-1; Kendyn Blank 2-3-0; Derick Johnson 1-(-4)-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-Tds): Derick Johnson 3-38-1; Kendyn Blank 1-18-1; Mason Carter 1-7-0.

Defense (Total-Solo-Assist-Sack-TFL): Carter Brown 9.5-5-9-0-0; Sam Kleinherenbrink 5.5-3-5-0-4; Nate Shober 5-2-6-0-1; Justin Schroeder 5-1-8-0-.5; Jace Doerksen 4-1-6-0-0; Grant Thimmesch 4-0-8-0-0; Darien Dawes 3.5-1-5-0-0; Dawson Mannebach 2.5-2-1-0-0; Julian White 2.5-2-1-0-0; Kolby Blank 1.5-1-1-0-0; Kyler Konrade 1-0-2-0-0; Eli Brunk 1-1-0-0-0; Josiah Buller 1-1-0-0-0; Samuel Shober 1-1-0-0-0; Thomas Evans 1-1-0-0-0; Cole Hase 1-0-2-0-.5; Dominic Nuese-Rasmussen .5-0-1-0-0; Kendyn Blank .5-0-1-0-0.

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