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Chiefs fall to Beavers

Varsity - 2008 Season
Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 by Jim den Hollander
Chiefs fall to Beavers
By Jim den Hollander
jdenhollander@capitalnewspapers.com
Alternating between long methodical drives finished off by running back Justin Huinker and quick strikes on keeper plays by four year starting quarterback Tyler Mazur, the Reedsburg Beavers steamrolled the host Wisconsin Dells Chiefs 49-12 on in their WIAA Division 3 playoff opener Tuesday night.

In the first meeting between former conference rivals since the fall of 2000, Reedsburg's final season in the South Central Conference, Beavers scored on its first six drives, putting the game away with three strikes in a span of three minutes between the end of the second quarter and start of the third, turning a 14-7 edge into a 35-7 cushion with most of the second half still to play.

Both Huinker and Mazur who combined on the first five Reedsburg scores were able to take advantage of huge holes opened by the offensive line.

A season-long tendency to start slowly on offense bit the Chiefs in the playoff encounter as the guests scored on its first two drives, the first a 10-yard run by Justin Huinker for the first quarter's lone score and the second on a 45-yard run by quarterback Tyler Mazur on the first play of the second quarter.

The Chiefs finally put together a solid drive right after that, Zach Batchelor finishing off a seven minute, 80-yard drive with a one yard plunge into the Reedsburg end zone with 5:55 to play in the first half.

The game was all put away by Reedsburg in a three minute span that bridged the two quarters.

Huinker's second score of the night came from three yards away in the final minute of the first half and Mazur scampered 57 yards on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. Another 42 yard run to the end zone by Mazur before the second half was two minutes old opened up a 35-7 cushion for the visiting Beavers.

The Chiefs' other scoring drive stopped a running clock, an 18-yard touchdown strike from senior quarterback Kyle Theiler to senior Jimmy Alvin making it a 42-14 game with nine seconds to play in the third quarter.

Reedsburg added one more meaningless score in the game's final minute.

The Chiefs entered the game as the third seed in the bracket, but it was a weird opening night and the top three seeds all went the sidelines. Top seeded McFarland, the team that upset the Chiefs a year ago, were on the opposite side of an upset this season, taken out by Mount Horeb an second seeded Evansville was taken down by seventh seeded Delaven Darien.

Reedsburg will move on to play Delaven Darien in the second round on Saturday.

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