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Upset? What upset?

Varsity - 2008 Season
Posted Monday, November 03, 2008 by Brady Ambrose

Upset? What upset?

Reedsburgs Seth Brandt tries to run down Wisconsin Dells quarterback Kyle Theiler. Theiler proved to be an impressive adversary as the senior eluded the RAHS defense for most of the game.

Brady Ambrose

Reedsburgs Seth Brandt tries to run down Wisconsin Dells quarterback Kyle Theiler. Theiler proved to be an impressive adversary as the senior eluded the RAHS defense for most of the game.

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On the 10 o'clock news coming out of Madison Tuesday night, one of the  sports anchors said "Reedsburg upsets Wisconsin Dells 49-14."


  For the second time in less than a week, the Reedsburg football team used a huge first quarter to blow out an old familiar foe. "If you look at it by the seeding you would see it as an upset," said coach Brian Pottinger, "but we certainly didn't see it that way."

 After hammering Baraboo last Wednesday 49-14, the Beavers opened up the WIAA division 3 playoffs with an identical 49-14 whipping of Wisconsin Dells Tuesday night at Wisconsin Dells. "It was nice to get ahead right away and play with a lead," said Pottinger.

The two games were near mirror images of each other.

In their first playoff appearance since the 2005 season, RAHS scored on their first six possessions as they made a strong, early statement to the Chiefs, who entered Tuesday's game coming off a 34-7 lashing of Mauston that gave the Chiefs the playoff berth over the Golden Eagles. A steady dose of fullback Justin Huinker, added to the quick-strike capability of quarterback Tyler Mazur, added up to 339 yards of rushing and seven touchdowns as the Beavers advanced to today's level two game against Delavan-Darien. "Their defense dictated what they were going to stop and it left the middle open for the midline option with Justin and Tyler," added Pottinger.

Huinker scored on runs of 10 and three yards, while Mazur added touchdown runs of 45, 57 and 42 yards. Huinker gave the Beavers a 7-0 lead on Reedsburgs opening drive, a nine play effort that started at their own 37 yard line. In three plays the Beavers had moved to the Chiefs 30, and Huinker scored from 10 yards out at the 5:46 mark of the first quarter. The Chiefs took over on their opening possession but the RAHS defense forced a three and out. The Beavers took over on their own 13  and Mazur hit Matt Lennon for a 15 yard completion to the 28 as Lennon made a one-handed circus catch on the play. Mazur picked up a first down to the Dells 45 as time ran out in the first quarter. On the first play of the second quarter Mazur went untouched on a 45 yard touchdown run to put the Beavers up 14-0 just eight seconds into the second quarter. On their next possession Wisconsin Dells mounted an impressive drive. With a first down at the 43, quarterback Kyle Theiler hit Jimmy Steinhorst with a 16 yard completion to the Reedsburg 41. Theiler than scrambled all the way to the Beaver three yard line, and two plays later Zach Batchelor scored to cut Reedsburgs lead in half at 14-7 with 5:55 left in the first half. Pottinger noted that "We knew the quarterback was a good athlete who could run and throw well but I think the combination of his speed and elusiveness surprised us a little."

Huinker then erased the Dells score as he scored for the second time in the game. Starting at their own 40, the Beavers again quickly moved into Chiefs territory with a first and 10 at the 33 yard line. The Beavers called a time out at the Dells 17 on fourth and two, Huinker then picked up five yards to the 12 on fourth down and then picked up another first down to the two yard line. With 25 seconds left in the half Huinker scored from three yards out to give Reedsburg a 21-7 lead at halftime.

Reedsburg then blew the game open at the start of the second half. On the first play from scrimmage, Mazur again bolted through the Dells defense, this time on a 57 yard run that put the Beavers up 28-7. The RAHS defense took over on the Chiefs next possession, forcing another punt after the Dells lost a yard on three plays to bring up a fourth and 11 from their own 24. Reedsburg took over on their own 39 yard line, and again moved into Dells territory. On first and 10 from the 42, Mazur took off on his third long run of the game, this one a 42 yard touchdown scamper to give the Beavers a 35-7 lead less than two minutes into the second half.  

A little over three minutes later the Beavers scored again. After the defense forced another punt, Mazur hit Lennon with a 35 yard completion to the Chiefs 15 yard line. Huinker rumbled 11 yards to the four and two plays later Zach Meyer scored to give the Beavers a 42-7 lead with 6:52 left in the third quarter. The Chiefs' other scoring drive stopped a running clock, as an 18-yard touchdown strike from senior quarterback Kyle Theiler to senior Jimmy Alvin made it a 42-14 game with nine seconds to play in the third quarter.

The Dells, who came into the game with a 7-2 overall record was one of three of the top four seeds to lose on the night.

The win sets up today's level two game for the Beavers, which will be played at Millennium Field at 7 p.m. tonight against Delavan-Darien. The Comets are coming off a huge win over #2 seeded Evansville. Senior quarterback Michael Gonzalez ran for 112 yards and threw another touchdown pass in the Comets 16-6 win over the Blue Devils. The Delavan-Darien defense also picked off three Evansville passes as they improved to 6-4 on the season.

Pottinger respects the Comets on both offense and defense, saying that "Delavan runs a spread offensive scheme and has a real good quarterback who is their leading rusher. They have a big tight end and speedy wide receiver who is their main target. Defensively they like to be aggressive and blitz the A and B gaps a lot out of an even front. I was mildly surprised at the score but after watching film we saw how well they played and they definitely were the better team that night."

A win today by the Beavers will set up a rematch against either Mount Horeb/Barneveld or Madison Edgewood, who are also playing today. The Beavers beat the Vikings Oct. 3 34-27 at Mount Horeb, and beat Edgewood Sept. 26 35-28 after falling behind 21-7.

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