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Who's Next? Meet the Vikings

Varsity - 2008 Season
Posted Thursday, November 13, 2008 by Brady Ambrose

Who's next? Meet the Vikings

When the Beavers take the field Saturday in Beaver Dam, they will be facing their biggest challenge of the year in the Wisconsin Lutheran Vikings. The Vikings are the defending WIAA Div. 3 state champions, and have won three of the last four state championships.

"Boy, they just come at you," Beaver Dam football coach Tim White said. "They have such a good (shoulder) pad level and they continue to pound on you. Their defense has an ability to put a lot of pressure on you," White said. "They're very athletic and it's hard to find a weak spot."

They have two backs - Bryan Webb and Frank Spath - with 1,100 yards or more. Webb has scored 20 touchdowns and Spath 16

Quarterback John Klein's 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter lifted Wisconsin Lutheran to a 33-27 victory over Greendale in the WIAA Division 3 state quarterfinals on Saturday.

Klein had 17 carries for 106 yards and also scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter.

The Vikings held a 21-19 lead at the end of the third quarter. Wisconsin Lutheran's Bryan Webb increased the gap with a 1-yard TD run in the fourth.

Cordney Wren answered with a 2-yard TD run and Greendale knotted the game, 27-27, after a successful two-point conversion before Klein's second TD.

Frank Spath rushed for a team-high 145 yards in 16 carries and had two touchdowns (23, 60). Jordan Biller led Greendale with 240 yards rushing in 36 carries.

Bryan Webb ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' 28-10 victory over Catholic Memorial on Nov. 1.

The Vikings lost two fumbles against Memorial after fumbling five times and losing none in their 56-7 Level 1 victory over St. Francis on Oct. 28

Quarterback John Klein has completed nearly 50 percent of his passes this year for 746 yards, and Quentin Goins is Kleins' main target as Goins averages 17.8 yards per catch and has scored seven touchdowns.

"There's a reason they're one of the top programs in the state right now," said Pottinger. "They have good athletes at every position and they are very sound fundamentally. Offensively they just keep pounding teams over and over with the split back offense they run.  Defensively they have a lot of speed and really get to the ball fast."

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