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Whipperfurth, Norskies Run Wild

Varsity - 2009 Season
Posted Friday, October 09, 2009 by Dennis Semrau


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    * Related: Box score: DeForest 28, Reedsburg 0


DEFOREST -- Since Austin Hatzinger and Garit Tenpas began playing football in fourth grade, wherever the DeForest senior linemen go, tailback Cory Wipperfurth usually follows.


Friday night, Wipperfurth ran behind his personal bodyguards for much of his career-best 362 yards and four touchdowns to power DeForest to an impressive 28-0 victory over Reedsburg before a Homecoming crowd.


"Whip was really reading his blocks well, setting them up inside, outside," DeForest coach Mike Minick said of the 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior who ran for seven TDs in a 55-35 win over Reedsburg a year ago. "But credit the guys up front, too. They were really on guys."


The victory moved DeForest (5-2, 3-1 Northern Badger) into a four-way tie with Reedsburg (4-3, 3-1), Waunakee (6-1, 3-1) and Mount Horeb-Barneveld (4-3, 3-1) for the conference lead with two games to play in the regular season.


Waunakee beat DeForest 28-7 on Sept. 25 and Reedsburg knocked off Waunakee 15-10 last week. Both the Norskies and Beavers play Mount Horeb-Barneveld over the season's final two weeks.


"This win was huge for our kids," Minick said. "You come off that Waunakee game mentally down and you want to get back in the race. We had another opportunity and the kids took advantage of it."


Wipperfurth set the tone right from the start, carrying the ball on the Norskies' first four plays from scrimmage. He capped the Norskies' 12-play, 55 yard drive with a 1-yard TD burst with 2 minutes, 22 seconds left in the second quarter.


"His mental game is right there. But at 170 pounds, he's the toughest kid I've ever seen," said Tenpas, a starting left guard. "I love having him run behind me. His mental game is perfect and he's tough. We block for him and he runs for us."


Reedsburg coach Brian Pottinger said he was pleased the Norskies were able to keep Wipperfurth from running wild in the first half, holding him to 113 yards and one score.


But on just the second play from scrimmage in the second half, Wipperfurth ran to the left side behind Hatzinger and Tenpas, got to the sideline and raced 67 yards for a touchdown to set the tone for the second half.


"We contained him as much as we could," Pottinger said of Wipperfurth, who added TD runs of 55 and 27 yards to close out the scoring. "The offensive line did a great job opening holes and he hits them so quick. He finds a little seam and he's gone."


Wipperfurth deflected the praise.


"Our line always plays tremendous against these guys," he said before dashing off to celebrate with his teammates. "The credit goes to them."

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