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Pingel Has Game of a Lifetime

Varsity - 2008 Season
Posted Wednesday, November 26, 2008 by Benjamin Worgull

Pingel has game of a lifetime

Matt Pingel blocked two punts and recorded 13 tackles during the game.

John Maniaci/Capital Newspapers

Matt Pingel blocked two punts and recorded 13 tackles during the game.

By Benjamin Worgull
Capital Newspapers

MADISON — Matt Pingel knew Reedsburg was going to have to contain their opponent's offense to have any chance at hoisting the school's first state football title.

The senior linebacker registered eight solo and 13 total tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and two blocked punts, keeping the Beavers close before ultimately falling 21-20 in the WIAA Division 3 state championship game Friday at Camp Randall Stadium.

"This is state. It's win or nothing, do or die," Pingel said, as the Beavers limited the Comets to 226 total yards. "I just wanted to play my best game of the season, and I think I did. Our team played well, but we just couldn't get our offense going today."

Reedsburg (10-4), which entered the game averaging 392 yards rushing in four playoff games, only amassed 226 total yards. But Pingel and a revamped defense kept Waupaca within reach, limiting the Comets (14-0) to only 83 yards and seven points in the second half.

After giving up 49 points to Delavan-Darien in the second round of the WIAA playoffs, the Beavers switched from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 set. The result was holding Madison Edgewood to three points and beating Wisconsin Lutheran by 20, a switch that Pingel believed gave the defense confidence.

"We didn't have too much confidence in the beginning of the year and when we switched our defense, we got comfortable and it took off from there," Pingel said.

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