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Monona Grove Slips Past Reedsburg

Varsity - 2009 Season
Posted Sunday, August 30, 2009 by Nick Zizzo
Prep football: Monona Grove slips past Reedsburg
By NICK ZIZZO
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MONONA — Rain and lightning in the air caused a 1-hour, 40-minute weather delay that began moments after halftime started Friday night.

Thunder on the ground, before and after the break, caused another kind of natural electricity.

Those who hung around to the end of the non-conference, prep football season-opener – on wet, metal bleachers, nonetheless – were treated to smash-mouth running games by Monona Grove and Reedsburg.

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And a nail-biter.

MG was able to sustain a final drive, chewing up the final 5:56 to preserve a 17-14 victory.

“We  just said, ‘Hey, it’s our time.’ That’s our saying in ’09,” MG quarterback Mike Percy said. “We just needed to buckle up the straps tight and just get it done because we knew what we needed to do.”

Beau Goff’s 36-yard field goal with 2:56 left in the third provided the final margin, but the Silver Eagles saw Reedsburg get to 17-14 when Ryan Matthews scampered in from 41 yards out just four plays after the field goal.

Both defenses held until MG got the ball back on its final series. And that came to be after MG returner Zach Zweifel was able to pounce on his own muffed punt at the Silver Eagles’ 31-yard line.

“We moved the ball and moved the ball well but we just weren’t able to get it in the end zone. We bled them and bled them and bled them but (Reedsburg) didn’t give in,” MG coach Mike Stassi said.

MG moved the ball especially well in the first half, gaining 172 of its 305 rushing yards. After a 70-yard march — all the yardage came on the ground save for a 4-yard pass — ended on a missed 27-yard field goal on its first possession, MG answered after the Silver Eagles defense forced a three-and-out. Percy culminated the 53-yard drive by scoring on a 27-yard keeper with 10 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Silver Eagles, on their next series, took over on their 31 and scored six plays later. Ryan Roberts’ 1-yard plunge came three plays after Goff’s 31-yard burst to Reedsburg’s 12.

Reedsburg got its powerful running game going behind quarterback Chad Mazur in the second quarter. The junior covered the entire 75-yard drive on six carries, and his 5-yard scored brought the Beavers to 14-7 with 4:40 left in the game.

The Beavers almost tied the game one series later, but Matt Lennon’s 75-yard punt return for a score was called back due to a penalty.

“Sometimes I felt like we shot ourselves in the foot. We’ve got to clean those things up, but like I told my team, I think we’re going to be fine,” Reedsburg coach Brian Pottinger said.


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