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Varsity - 2008 Season
Posted Wednesday, November 19, 2008 by Brady Ambrose


Tyler Mazur breaks away from Wisconsin Lutheran's Luke Sebald for a bunch of his 161 yards rushing against the Vikings.

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Tyler Mazur breaks away from Wisconsin Lutheran's Luke Sebald for a bunch of his 161 yards rushing against the Vikings.

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Reedsburg head football coach Brian Pottinger said he knew at the start of the season that the 2008 Beaver team had a chance to be good.

Saturday Pottinger found out just how good the Beavers are as Reedsburg man handled defending division 3 state champion and undefeated Wisconsin Lutheran 40-20 in a state semi-final game at Beaver Dam.

All season long Reedsburg has been putting up some big numbers, but none were bigger than those the Beavers accumulated on a dark and cold day in Beaver Dam. The Beavers potent rushing attack of quarterback Tyler Mazur, fullback Justin Huinker and half back Matt Lennon tore apart the Viking's defense for 363 rushing yards on 58 carries to send the Beavers to Friday's state championship game against Waupaca at 10 a.m. Friday at Camp Randall Stadium.

"I knew we had a chance to be good at the beginning of the year," said Pottinger, "but there are so many things that come into play during the season, it's really hard to describe the feeling now."

Reedsburg made it look easy, not only on offense, but on defense as well as they held Wisconsin Lutheran to just eight plays and also caused four second half turnovers in the process. " I knew if we got to their quarterback that we would be in good shape," said Reedsburg defensive coordinator Matt Delkamp, who watched his defense dominate a Viking offense that featured two 1,000 yard rushers in Frank Spath and Bryan Webb, holding Lutheran to just 258 total yards.

The Beaver defense came up with the first big play of the game on Lutheran's opening drive. Spath fumbled on the Viking's first play from scrimmage and the Beavers recovered at the 17 yard line. Six plays later Justin Huinker darted into the end zone to give Reedsburg a quick 7-0 lead. "That turnover gave us a whole lot of confidence," said Pottinger, "We got up on them early, our defense is playing well and it's like, wow, we can play with these guys."

The Vikings moved to their own 34 on their next possession, but on third and five an illegal procedure call pushed them back five yards. The Beavers Shane Rockweiler then broke up a Klein pass attempt and the Vikings were forced to punt. Starting at the Lutheran 39, Lennon picked up 11 yards on first down and Mazur scored on the next play to give Reedsburg a 14-0 lead with 7:51 left in the first quarter.

It didn't take the Vikings long to answer, as Klein hit a wide open Corey Henne with a 48 yard touchdown on Lutheran's next possession, trimming the Beavers lead to 14-7. But the quick-strike Reedsburg offense answered right back when Lennon scampered in from 38 yards out to give the Beavers a 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Vikings had a chance to get closer on their next drive, but Webb fumbled on first down after Lutheran had rolled to the Reedsburg 19. Cody Polacek recovered the fumble for the Beavers, who took over at their own 20 with 5:37 left in the first half.

Mazur raced 35 yards to the Viking 44 on second and nine, and then scored on a 41 yard burst up the middle that gave the Beavers a 28-7 lead with 3:42 left in the half. The Vikings answered with a score on their next drive when Klein hit Tim Filter with a 20 yard strike with one minute to play, but the PAT failed and Reedsburg took a 28-13 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Beavers went up by three touchdowns with a nice drive to start the third quarter. Starting at their 36, Reedsburg quickly moved into Lutheran territory when Lennon bolted 14 yards on second and nine to the Viking 49. Justin Huinker picked up a first down to the 36, Lennon again came up with a big second down run when the sophomore raced 34 yards to the one, and Mazur scored on a quarterback keeper that gave Reedsburg a comfortable 34-13 lead with 6:45 left in the third quarter.

On their next possession, the Vikings again fumbled on the first play from scrimmage when Spath coughed up the ball at the Lutheran 34, where Reedsburg's Adam Walter recovered the loose ball. On third and seven Mazur completed his only pass of the game, but it was a big one to Huinker, who barreled 31 yards through the Lutheran defense to give the Beavers a 40-13 lead.

Wisconsin Lutheran then scored when Spath broke loose on a 60 yard jaunt down the right side line to close the gap to 40-20. But again the Reedsburg defense then came up with two big plays. With the Vikings driving again at the Reedsburg 33, Brent Landon intercepted a Klein pass attempt to Henne at the Reedsburg 16. After the Beavers were forced to punt, the Vikings took over at the Reedsburg 45 yard line with seven seconds left in the third quarter. Up to that point, the Vikings had ran just four plays in the quarter, and their fifth play turned into another turnover when Lucas Gudenschwager picked off another Klein pass at the at the Reedsburg 26 as time expired.

With 9:14 left to play, the Vikings fumbled again at the Reedsburg 35 where Alex Schmitt recovered. Huinker picked up a big first down to the 46. On first and ten at the 35, Mazur gained 10 yards, and Huinker added three more on the next play. The Beavers then secured their first trip to the state championship game when Mazur, who rushed for 161 yards, picked up the last eight of the game with an eight yard run to the 10 with a minute to play, where the Beavers ran out the clock for the win.

Matt Lennon led all rushers in the game with 164 yards on just 15 carries while Mazur added 161 on 21 tries, including two touchdown, and Justin Huinker added 28 yards and one running score and another receiving. Frank Spath had 12 carries for 115 yards for Lutheran.

The Beavers will now take on Waupaca, who destroyed Kewaskum 42-0 at Ripon yesterday. 'it'll be back to work as usual starting tomorrow morning," said Pottinger, who's team improved to 10-3 on the season and will be looking for their first-ever state championship in football.

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