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Greatest Show on Turf

Varsity - 2008 Season
Posted Wednesday, November 05, 2008 by Brady Ambrose

Greatest show on turf

Justin Huinker is brought down by Delavan-Darien's Bud Scott. Huinker rushed for over 180 yards in the Beavers 70-49 win.

Brady Ambrose

Justin Huinker is brought down by Delavan-Darien's Bud Scott. Huinker rushed for over 180 yards in the Beavers 70-49 win.

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REEDSBURG - What if you went to a football game and a basketball game broke out?

That's what it looked like Saturday night when the Reedsburg Beavers took on Delavan-Darien in a level 2 WIAA football playoff game at Millennium Field.

When it was all over, the players, coaches and fans involved finally caught their breath after watching the Beavers win a wild, 70-49 thriller that advanced the Beavers to the level 3 playoff game against Madison Edgewood at Middleton this Saturday.

The game was impressive on several levels. Seventeen touchdowns, including four of 50 yards or more, 119 total points, including 84 at halftime, over half a mile of offense (1,021 yards), an 8.5 yard per carry average for the Beavers, a 55 yard per catch average for Reedsburg's Ryan Dischler, who caught two passes for 110 yards, while Justin Huinker averaged 10.2 yards per carry and scored four touchdowns. "I coached in a game in 1996 that is the 8th highest scoring game in Illinois, I think it was 59-56," said RAHS coach Brian Pottinger. "Games like that can be very frustrating for a coach, but winning usually make coaches smile!"

  The Beavers started out a little shaky. The Comets took the opening kickoff and quickly marched down the field. Starting at their 41, quarterback Michale Gonzalez picked up eight yards on the first play from scrimmage. Gonzalez hooked up with 6'8" tight end Aaron Logterman on a completion to the Reedsburg 30 yard line, and on third and two Gonzalez picked up a first down to the Reedsburg eight. But after the Comets had a first and goal at the one yard line, the Beaver defense rose up as Cody Polacek forced a fumble and Adam Walter recovered at the three yard line. But on the Beavers first offensive play, quarterback Tyler Mazur and fullback Justin Huinker got their signals crossed on the exchange, and Nathan Burdick recovered the loose ball in the end zone to give the Comets a 7-0 lead.

The lead didn't last long.

The Beavers got a big break on the kickoff when Matt Pingel fielded the ball but fumbled at the 50 yard line. Luckily Justin Huinker was Justin on the spot, and the Beaver fullback recovered the loose ball at the Delavan-Darien 41 yard line.

Andy Huber picked up a first down to the 30, and on first and 10 Matt Lennon raced to the Comet's 10. An offside penalty on the Comets gave the Beavers a first and goal at the five, and Lennon scored on the next play to tie the game at 7 all with 4:46 left in the first quarter.

The Beavers defense then came up with a big play. The Comets started at their own 25 yard line, and on first down Zach Neiger fumbled and Shane Rockweiler scooped up the loose ball and rumbled 27 yards to the end zone to give the Beavers a 14-7 lead just 19 seconds after Reedsburg had tied the game at 7-7.

The fast-break pace then really heated up. On the ensuing kickoff, Comet Jarrett Fowlkes took the kick and raced 98 yards as the Beavers missed several chances to bring the speedy Comet receiver down. With the game tied at 14 all, the Beavers took over at their own 28. Huber picked up a first down to the 40, and Huinker rumbled to the Comet 34 on the next play. Delavan-Darien then got a good dose of the Beaver's fullback as Huinker picked up another first down to the 15, and on third and six Justin gained another set of downs with a drive to the five. On second and goal with just one second left in the first quarter, Huinker scored from two yards out to give Reedsburg a 21-14 lead.

Starting the second quarter at their own 25, the Comets again raced down the field. Gonzalez hit Fowlkes with a strike to the Beaver's four yard line, and two plays later the Comet quarterback tied the game at 21 with a two yard dive less than two minutes into the second quarter. The crowd had not even recovered from the Comet touchdown when the Beavers regained the lead. On their first play from scrimmage Reedsburg quarterback Tyler Mazur and split end Ryan Dischler teamed up on a slant pass that covered 65 yards and gave Reedsburg the lead back at 28-21 just nine seconds after Delavan-Darien had tied the game.

With 9:56 left in the first half, the Comets started their next possession at their 35. Gonzalez picked up a first down to the 46, and then hit Aaron Logterman with a 21 yard completion to the Beaver 33. On third and two, Gonzalez and Fowlkes again teamed up, this time on a 25 yard touchdown pass that tied the game again at 28 all. "Their spread offense is designed to get the ball to great athletes in space who can make defenders look bad a lot of the time," said Pottinger. "Give them credit, they have some talented players and we don't see a lot of spread offenses in our conference."

The teams lined up for yet another kickoff, and Reedsburg started at their own 28, but before the ball boy had gotten the tee off the field, the Beavers regained the lead. On the first play, Huinker took off on a 71 yard gallop that gave the Beavers back the lead at 34-28 — and there was still over six minutes left in the second quarter.

Pottinger and the Beavers then totally surprised everyone when they pulled off a perfect onside kick that was recovered by Tyler Archambo at the Comets 48 yard line. Mazur then hit Zach Meyer with a swing pass on the first play and Meyer stormed all the way to the one yard line before being knocked out of bounds. Huinker then scored again on the next play to give the Beavers a little breathing room with a 42-28 lead with 5:34 left in the first half. "I thought about it right before we scored because it didn't matter if they got the ball at the 30 yard line or the 50 — we weren't stopping them at the time," said Pottinger, "Plus, I figured if we could get up by two scores going into halftime and get the ball to start the 3rd quarter we'd be in good shape."

As it turned out the Beavers were lucky to have a two touchdown lead. The Comets put together another drive that moved to the Reedsburg 28. On first down an iffy pass interference call on Reedsburg gave the Comets a first down at the seven yard line, and on second and goal Ben Lohahl scored to cut the Beavers lead to 42-35. Taking over at their 30 with 1:14 left in the half, Reedsburg did the unthinkable when they scored again. Matt Lennon picked up 10 yards to the 40, but Reedsburg stumbled on the next two plays as Huinker was stopped for no gain and a Mazur pass fell incomplete. On third and 10 Mazur hit Andy Huber and the Reedsburg junior raced all the way to the Comets 10 yard line with nine seconds left. After a time out, Lennon came up just inches short of a touchdown, and Mazur spiked the ball to stop the clock. With two seconds to play Mazur scored on a quarterback sneak that gave the Beavers a 49-35 halftime lead. In the locker room, the Beaver coaching staff went to work trying to figure out a way to stop the Comets. Pottinger said "Most of the discussion was about making defensive adjustments and being ready for whatever they were going to show our offense because we figured they wouldn't come out with the same defense as the first half. We were in the position early in the season where we needed to outscore some teams so it wasn't new territory for us and we didn't panic."

It took Reedsburg just six plays to score at the start of the third quarter. After taking over at their own 38, Mazur hit Matt Hartje with a completion to give the Beavers a first down.

After an illegal shift penalty pushed them back to their own 48, Matt Lennon raced 52 yards on third and 11 to give the Beavers a 56-35 lead at the 9:06 mark of the third quarter. Strangely, the 56-35 score would then hold up the rest of the quarter. Starting the fourth at their 41, the Beavers scored again. Mazur hit Dischler with a long pass to the Comets 20 yard line and three plays later Mazur and Lennon teamed up on a 15 yard touchdown pass that gave the Beavers a 63-35 lead with 7:45 to play.

But the Comets weren't done.

On their next possession Gonzalez hit Fowlkes with a 28 yard completion to the Beaver's 19 and on the next play Neiger picked up 15 yards to the Beavers four, where Gonzalez hit Logterman with a pass to make the score 63-42. Justin Huinker followed with a 24 yard touchdown run with 3:24 left to play to give the Beavers an even 70 points in the game, and Gonzalez answered with a 18 yard touchdown run that made the final 70-49. "Our defensive coaches and players made a great adjustment at halftime to try to slow down their good receiver because it was clear we couldn't stop him with what we were doing," added the coach, "I think we ended up holding them to 14 points the second half."

The Beavers will now hit the road for a rematch with Madison Edgewood Saturday at Middleton. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. and Pottinger is looking for a better Edgewood team than the one the Beavers beat Sept. 26. "They're a much better team since they've gotten healthy."

The Beavers were led by Justin Huinker's 184 yards of rushing on 18 carries and four touchdowns, plus Huinker also made 10 PAT's in the game.


Reedsburg        21  28   7  14    —    70

Delavan-Darien 14  21  0 14   —     49

Scoring summary: DD—Bud, fumble recovery in end zone (Boltz kick). R—Lennon 3 run (Huinker kick). R—Rockweiler, 23 fumble return (Huinker kick). DD—Fowlkes, 98 kickoff return (Boltz kick). R—Huinker, 2 run (Huinker kick). DD—Gonzalez, 1 run (Boltz kick). R—Dischler, 65 pass from T. Mazur (Huinker kick). DD—Fowlkes, 25 pass from Gonzalez (Boltz kick). R—Huinker, 71 run (Huinker kick). R—Huinker, 1 run (Huinker kick). DD—Lodahl, 1 run (Boltz kick). R—T. Mazur, 1 run (Huinker kick). R—Lennon, 52 run (Huinker kick). R—Lennon, 16 pass from T. Mazur (Huinker kick). DD—Logterman, 3 pass from Gonzalez (Boltz kick). R—Huinker, 24 run (Huinker kick). DD—Gonzalez, 18 run (Boltz kick).

Statistics: First downs—R 16, DD 22. Rushing—R 45-384, DD 38-214. Yards passing—R 191, DD 232. Passes—R 7-5-0, DD 22-13-1. Fumbles—R 2-1, DD 3-3. Penalties—R 13-93, DD 5-28.

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