High school football: District C-4 notebook

RYAN STEWART Published: July 27, 2009
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Maud’s Resler works way back
Maud coach Bruce Harrell said he knows the secret behind his Tigers’ sustained success.

"They have an internal drive; there is just something about these kids that drives them to do whatever is needed to win,” Harrell said.

And win they have. The Tigers enter 2009 on a 22-game winning streak in District C-4, finishing 9-2 overall last season.

Harrell said one needs to look no further than senior Jarrid Resler.

Resler was a freshman when Harrell took the job at Maud, and he said Resler wasn’t athletic enough or fast enough to play any of the positions he wanted to play. But Resler was determined to help the team, so he dedicated himself to the weight room and put on 20 pounds to move to the interior of the offensive line.

"He worked his tail off,” Harrell said. "He got ripped up and strong and did everything we ever asked of him and earned a starting spot at center and nose guard as a junior last fall.”

However, Resler broke his leg on routine kickoff coverage in just his second start.

"He did everything. It just broke our hearts,” Harrell said.

Resler needed surgery and a metal rod in his leg, but during his recovery he contracted a staph infection that proved to be career-threatening.

Harrell said Resler has been doing everything possible to make it back to the field for his senior campaign.

"He is currently just trying to fight back to be a part of the team,” Harrell said. "He is a hard worker and a kid everyone should root for. He is a great representation of Maud football.