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Beavers Top Warriors, End Streak

Varsity - 2009 Season
Posted Wednesday, October 07, 2009 by Brent Neevel
 10/7/2009 3:00:00 PM Email this article • Print this article 

Austin Maly receives a stiff arm from Reedsburg’s Matt Lennon as he forces him out of bounds during the Beavers’ 15-10 upset of Waunakee at Reedsburg on Oct. 2. (Photo by Roger Hamilton)

Beavers top Warriors, end streak


Brent Neevel



For the first time in 45 conference games, Waunakee found itself on the short end in a Badger North clash.


On Parent's Night in Reedsburg, the Beavers were able to control the clock with their multi-purpose running attack and keep the Waunakee offense off the field in a 15-10 victory.


"They controlled the clock. We just really couldn't get them off (the field). It really put a huge emphasis on our number of possessions. We really didn't get into a rhythm offensively," Warriors' coach Pat Rice said.


Reedsburg took a 3-0 lead with 42 seconds left in the first quarter - a quarter in which Waunakee only ran three offensive plays.


On the second-to-last play of the first quarter, sophomore tailback Leo Musso burst 20 yards into Reedsburg territory. However, the Beavers bottled him up the next two plays and sacked quarterback Trent Cummings to force a punt.


But Waunakee would capitalize after it stopped Reedsburg on fourth-and-short on the Beavers' 42-yard line. It looked bad for Waunakee early in the drive as a penalty and short gains put the team in a third-and-long situation, but Cummings found junior Jared Staege for 25 yards and a first down. Two plays later, Musso burst through a large hole off the right side and put Waunakee on top. Senior Kassy McCarthy's extra point gave Waunakee a 7-3 lead with 3:03 remaining in the half.


Following a Reedsburg three-and-out, the Warriors almost went up 10-3 at the half, but McCarthy's 41-yard field goal attempt came up just short.


Waunakee began the second half with the ball but was unable to get a drive going as a delay of game penalty put a hitch in the offense.


Reedsburg took the ball and methodically moved into Waunakee territory before seniors Jake Irwin and Darren Anderson made a pair of crucial stops. On second-and-five, the duo stoned Beavers' fullback Shane Rockweiler for no gain. Then after a three-yard pickup, it was Irwin and Anderson again stopping Rockweiler short on fourth-and-two to give the ball back to the Warriors' offense.


But Waunakee was forced to punt again after a promising drive was thwarted by a sack of Cummings. Reedsburg continued to milk the clock before bursting into Waunakee territory on a long keeper by quarterback Chad Mazur. The Beavers took the lead on a 4-yard plunge with 9:23 left in the contest. The extra point was blocked by the Warriors, leaving the Beavers on top 9-7.


Waunakee took advantage of the missed kick, getting a good kick return from Musso, and marching to the Reedsburg 15 to set up a 32-yard field goal by McCarthy to reclaim the lead 10-9 with 5:18 left in the game.


But Reedsburg was not done. With 5:09 to play, the Beavers began a 65-yard drive for that resulted in the winning score with just 14 seconds remaining. The 2-point conversion was no good, but it didn't matter much as Reedsburg claimed a 15-10 victory.


Overall, the team didn't play very well and had a few penalties, but Rice said Reedsburg deserved a lot of credit for keeping the Warriors' offense off the field.


The Beavers racked up 271 yards on the ground to Waunakee's 109. Musso led the Warriors in rushing with 86 yards.


Cummings threw for 81 yards, with Austin Maly (three grabs for 28 yards) being his favorite target.


Waunakee (5-1, 3-1) travels to Stoughton Friday for a non-conference match up.

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