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Varsity - 2009 Season
Posted Thursday, September 17, 2009 by Dan Larson



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Positive start will be key for Eagles against defending state runner up Beavers in prep football game Sept. 18


By Dan Larson, Sauk Prairie Eagle


One wants it to stay in the game, and the other to put the game out of reach early. 


When Sauk Prairie travels to Reedsburg to face the Beavers in a Badger North Conference prep football game Sept. 18, both teams will be looking to get off to a fast start.


“Emotions and momentum are such a big part of the game … so if we can make a big play early to add to the enthusiasm and the adrenaline, that’s certainly going to help,” Sauk Prairie coach Scott Schutt said of the challenge of facing the 2-1 and defending WIAA Division 3 runner up Beavers.


Conversely, Beavers’ coach Brian Pottinger hopes his team can end the Eagles’ hope for an upset early.


“It’s been a point of emphasis,” he said. “You want to get out to a fast start and take away thoughts of them staying in the game. … (Because) all of a sudden, if they get a big play and get excited, then you’re in for a ball game.”

Reedsburg (2-1 overall, 1-0 Badger North) certainly got off to fast starts last week, when a 28-point first quarter led to a 41-3 win over Portage. And the Beavers did much of the same the week before, when a 33-point first-half effort led to a 40-2 win over Fort Atkinson.


Pottinger said the key to fast starts in both games was turnovers.


“That could be a big thing, too,” he said. “If we can create some turnovers and hang onto the ball.”

Sauk Prairie (1-2, 0-1) didn’t do that last week, when four first-half turnovers, a turnover on downs and a blocked punt helped DeForest get out to a 49-0 halftime lead.


But Eagles tailback Brendan Coy burst for a five-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and then hauled in a 62-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Brody Stuettgen late to make the final 49-14.

Schutt thinks the positive finish could help against the Beavers.


“It helps the morale of the kids, helps them leave the game feeling better about themselves,” he said. “It’s definitely a building point. … I think we’re emotionally fine going into this game.”


They may not be physically, though. But Schutt did remain optimistic that quarterback Travis Breunig, tailback Zach Buelow, wide receiver Lucas Herbrand and outside linebacker Corey Cody would all be ready to go this week after finishing on the sidelines last week.


Breunig suffered an ankle injury, while Buelow has been battling a strained knee off an on during the early part of this season. Herbrand suffered a bruised knee and Cody had to leave with a sore shoulder.


Also, pay attention to whether any starters miss time because of illness. Last week, offensive and defensive lineman Lucas Fiene and defensive lineman Blake Zick started but couldn't finish because of a flu bug that's been making its way around Sauk Prairie High School, and Schutt wasn't certain if the bug had run its course or not.


But no matter the circumstances, don't think Schutt and the coaching staff will go into the game with any different play-calling mentality than it would any other.


“You set yourself up to not have as much success if you get overly conservative,” he said. “We’re going to play our game, and do everything we can to win it, and let the chips fall where they may.”

 At a glance 


•  Head coach:  Brian Pottinger, 3rd year (20-15) n  Last week: QB Chad Mazur had a hand in five TDs as the Beavers thumped Portage 41-3. n  Overview:  Reedsburg (2-1 overall, 1-0 Badger North Conference) has recovered from a season-opening loss to Badger South favorite Monona Grove by trouncing Fort Atkinson, 40-2, in week 2 and Portage, 41-3, last week. ... The Beavers only return three offensive starters from last season’s prolific WIAA Division 3 state runner up unit, but Chad Mazur has looked good in taking over for brother, Tyler, at QB. RBs Matt Lennon and Andy Huber and OL Cody Schulte are the three. ... The Beavers play a base 4-3, and Pottinger indicated to the Wisconsin State Journal before the season he thinks the secondary has the potential to be a special group. ... Reedsburg lost 21-20 to Waupaca in the state title game last season.

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