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Sauk Prairie Scares Reedsburg Early, But Beavers Cruise

Varsity - 2009 Season
Posted Saturday, September 19, 2009 by Dan Larson


SPORTS UPDATE: Sauk Prairie scares Reedsburg early, but Beavers cruise to 45-14 prep football win

Sauk Prairie quarterback Brody Stuettgen works to elude Reedsburg lineman Nate Brey Friday night during the Beavers' 45-14 win.


Photo by Brady Ambrose / Capital Newspapers


Sauk Prairie quarterback Brody Stuettgen works to elude Reedsburg lineman Nate Brey Friday night during the Beavers' 45-14 win.


By Brady Ambrose, Capital Newspapers


REEDSBURG – For a little over six minutes Friday night, the Sauk Prairie prep football team looked every bit capable of upsetting Reedsburg.


"We had a couple nice plays and good energy," Sauk Prairie coach Scott Schutt said of the opening kick return the Eagles used to set themselves up at their own 47-yard line, before Brody Stuettgen capped an eight-play scoring drive with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Rilley Olson.


Schutt was also referring to the ensuing kick, when Brendan Coy ran under a pooch by Karl Schroeder and gave the Eagles the ball at the Beavers' 44. And to the possession that followed, when the Eagles marched to the Beavers' one and had third-and-goal and looked poised to take an early two-touchdown lead on the defending WIAA Division 3 runner-up Beavers.


But an illegal procedure penalty against Sauk Prairie before that play allowed Reedsburg to force a 27-yard field-goal attempt by Schroeder, which was blocked by Keith Craker. And when the potent Beavers offense finally was able to take the field – with about five minutes left in the first quarter – it made up for the lost time in a big way.


Reedsburg rattled off 45 unanswered points and cruised to a 45-14, Badger North Conference win at Millennium Field. 


"It’s one of those things where we’re not quite used to being the front runner and made a few errors that made it harder," Schutt said. "And you can’t do that against a good team."


Reedsburg (3-1 overall, 2-0 Badger North) tied the game on a nine yard run by Matt Lennon with one minute, 28 seconds left in the first, and then Sauk Prairie moved to the Beavers' 15 before failing on a fourth-down try. The Eagles appeared poised to get another chance at retaking the lead, but jumped offsides when the Beavers had fourth-and-two to give them a first down.


And quarterback Chad Mazur took advantage a short time later, scampering 49 yards for a touchdown to give Reedsburg the lead for good at 14-7. He ran in another touchdown on its next possession – this time from 28 yards out – and Schutt said both runs sparked the Beavers.


"That, more than anything, probably helped ignite their energy and drain our sails," he said. "(Mazur) is kind of their (sparkplug)."


Mazur capped the Beavers scoring through the air, though. He found Lennon for a 40-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth to make it 45-7.


Sauk Prairie (1-3, 0-2) finished with a 17-play, 79-yard scoring drive that ate up 9:49 and was capped by a three-yard run by Coy.


Despite the lopsided loss, Schutt was pleased with how the Eagles played early.


"What I told the kids after the game is, 'You should walk off this field knowing that we have the man power on this team to play with just about anybody – that we can go toe to toe (with anybody) and we can play good football,'" he said. "What we take from it is the confidence in knowing that we can play good football and there's a lot of good football to be played (yet) this year."


Notes: Brody Stuettgen started in place of Travis Breunig, who couldn't go because of an ankle injury he suffered in the first half of last week's loss to DeForest. Schutt said Breunig dressed and warmed up before the game, but that his ankle wasn't quite 100 percent and the coaches decided to give it a week of rest to avoid further injury. ... Starting running back Zach Buelow didn't dress because of a strained knee, but Schutt indicated he thinks Buelow will be ready next week. ... The flu bug that kept some starters out last week didn't keep any out this week.


– Sauk Prairie Eagle Sports Editor Dan Larson contributed to this story


For much more from this game, and for a look at the Eagles' week 5 opponent, the Mount Horeb-Barneveld Vikings, pick up a copy of the Sept. 23 edition of the Eagle, or check the Eagle's Web site that day.


Sauk Prairie    7    0    0     7    —    14


Reedsburg     7    21   17   0   —    45


Sauk Prairie — Riley Olson 35 yd. pass from Brody Stuettgen (Schroeder kick)


Reedsburg — Lennon 8 yd. run (Hayes kick).


Reedsburg — Mazur 49 yd. run (Hayes kick).


Reedsburg — Mazur 29 yd. run (Hayes kick).


Reedsburg — Matthews 2 yd. run (Hayes kick).


Reedsburg — Lennon 31 yd. run (Hayes kick).


Reedsburg — Hayes 26 yd. field goal.


Reedsburg —Lennon 40 yd. pass from Mazur (Hayes kick).


Sauk Prairie — Brendan Coy 2 yd. run (Schroeder kick).






First downs — SP 10, R 15. Rushing (Att.-Yds.) — SP 44-124, R 28-235. Passing yards — SP 149, R 82. Total offense (plays-yards) — SP 62-317, R 32-317.  Passes (Comp.-Att.-Int) — SP 9-18-3, R 3-4-1. Penalties-yards — SP 11-56, R 4-35. Fumbles-lost — SP 2-1, R 2-1.




Rushing: SP — Brendan Coy 22-74. R — Lennon 10-104. Passing: SP — Brody Stuettgen 9-18-3, 149. R — Mazur 3-4-0, 82. Receiving: SP — Kenny McNeal 4-49. R — Lennon 2-42.

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