Johannesburg-Lewiston’s Elijah Lindbert wins the GHT POTW for Week 6

JOHANNESBURG — For the first time this year, the Gaylord Herald Times Player of the Week is officially a Cardinal of Johannesburg-Lewiston.

While the volleyball team had plenty of athletes who performed well enough for the nominations, the football team didn’t have the same success either individually or as a team.

That changed last week.

It was another disappointing result on the Cardinals’ scoreboard, but senior Elijah Lindbert made his presence felt in his final home game, playing well enough to earn Player of the Week honors for Week 6.

Lindbert, one of JL’s captains, is the leader of the Cardinals’ defensive unit, and he shone in his last game in the spotlight in Johannesburg.

It started in the first half during regular training for Carson City-Crystal. The visiting Eagles were finding success in the air against JL, but Lindbert was able to fix that for the time being, offering a sack in the first half to put a promising CCC practice on hold.

Later in the second half, it was Lindbert who stepped up again, this time in pass coverage. The elder jumped past a pass from Mason Smith for a diving interception, handing the ball back to the Cardinals with great field position.

A play later, the offense made Lindbert’s interception count as Nate Hummel slashed the Eagles down the middle for a 49-yard touchdown run.

It’s been a tough season for the Cardinals, but plays and efforts like Lindbert’s give the program hope for the future, showing just how successful they can be when things are done right.

The Cardinals will certainly miss Lindbert, one of their key leaders, after graduating with the Class of 2023.

Elijah Lindbert of JL is honored during the pre-game of a game between Johannesburg-Lewiston and Frankfurt on Friday September 23.

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