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Reedsburg Rolls Past Sauk

Varsity - 2009 Season
Posted Thursday, September 24, 2009 by Brady Ambrose


Reedsburg rolls past Sauk

Reedsburg's Nate Brey gets a hand on Sauk quarterback Brody Stuettgen in the endzone Friday night. Brey and the Beavers, after falling behind 7-0, scored 45 straight points to improve to 3-1 on the season going into Friday night's game at Oregon.


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Reedsburg's Nate Brey gets a hand on Sauk quarterback Brody Stuettgen in the endzone Friday night. Brey and the Beavers, after falling behind 7-0, scored 45 straight points to improve to 3-1 on the season going into Friday night's game at Oregon.


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For a little over five minutes Friday night, the Sauk Prairie Eagles looked like they might just ruin Reedsburg's Homecoming.


But instead, it may have been a wake up call for the Beavers, who scored 45 unanswered points after Sauk took an early 7-0 lead and cruised to a 45-14 win at Millennium Field Friday night. "I kind of figured we'd be a little flat emotionally," said Reedsburg coach Brian Pottinger. "We told the kids to expect some different wrinkles from them and things wouldn't always go our way, but just keep playing hard."


Playing without starting quarterback Travis Breunig and starting running back Zach Buelow, the Eagles jumped on Reedsburg early, taking the opening kickoff and marching 53 yards in eight plays for a 7-0 lead on a 35 yard touchdown pass from Brody Stuettgen to Riley Olson. "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.


On the ensuing kickoff, the Eagles got the ball back when Brendan Coy caught the kickoff before the ball hit the ground, giving the Eagles a first down at the Reedsburg 44 yard line. A facemask penalty on the Beavers gave Sauk a first down at the 25, and the Eagles quickly moved to the Beaver 10 where Stuettgen's pass attempt to Kenny McNeal on third-and-10 fell incomplete. Sauk then tried a 27-yard field goal, but Reedsburg's Keith Craker blocked the kick and the Beavers took over. 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. Pottinger added "We had some mental mistakes on that first drive that cost us, as well as the recovered kick, but our kids responded well after that and started to play. So maybe it was a bit of a wake up call."


It was all Reedsburg after that. The Beavers tied the game on a nine-yard run by Matt Lennon with 1:28 left in the first quarter. Reedsburg went up 14-7 on a 49-yard run by Chad Mazur, and extended the lead to 21-7 when Mazur scored from 28 yards out on Reedsburg's next possession with a run reminiscent of Jim Brown as Mazur busted through several Sauk tacklers. With 51 seconds left in the half Ryan Matthews put the Beavers up 28-7 on a two-yard dive to put Reedsburg in control at halftime.


The Beavers got the ball to start the second half, and got great field position when Tyler Archambo returned the kick to the Sauk 45 yard line.


The Beavers wasted little time as they scored again in just three plays to start the second half, with Matt Lennon scoring from 31 yards out on another impressive run. Pottinger said both runs by Mazur and Lennon were impressive. "Both Chad and Matt's runs were incredible due to the fact they each broke six or seven tackles. Matt is a very gifted runner because he has a great combination of strength, speed, balance, vision and a low center of gravity. Chad is very similar to his brother Tyler because they can both break away long runs with speed but are also strong enough in their hips and legs to run through tackles."


The Beaver defense forced Sauk into a three-and-out, and the Eagles were forced to punt from their own endzone, with Lennon returning the kick 15 yards to the Eagle 21 yard line. Matt picked up seven yards on first down but was thrown for a three yard loss on the next play. Lennon picked up three yards on third-and-six, and a 27-yard field goal by Michael Hayes gave Reedsburg a 38-7 lead  with 7:07 still left in the third quarter. Reedsburg scored their final points of the game on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Mazur to Lennon after Reedsburg's Tyler Archambo picked off a Stuettgen pass attempt with 6:03 left in the third quarter.


Sauk put together a nice scoring drive to end the game as the Eagles mounted a 79-yard, 17-play drive that took 9:49 and was capped by a three-yard touchdown run by Brendan Coy.


Matt Lennon led Reedsburg with 104 yards on just 10 carries, while Mazur also completed three passes for 82 yards.


Up next for Reedsburg will be a trip to Oregon Friday night to take on the Panthers. "Oregon will be a stiffer challenge than what we've faced since week one so we're going to have to step up our level of intensity," said Pottinger. "They will show a lot of different things on offense and they have a pretty athletic quarterback running it. I thought their interior players played low and looked fundamentally sound. Defensively, they've showed an even front but it's anybody's guess how they will play us."  


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 3-4-0. 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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