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Last Impressions

Varsity - 2009 Season
Posted Thursday, October 22, 2009 by Pete Watson



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Last impressions

Baraboo running back Brady Palacek can't break free from the clutches of Reedsburg's Nate Brey on Wednesday.


Baraboo running back Brady Palacek can't break free from the clutches of Reedsburg's Nate Brey on Wednesday.


By Pete Watson/News Republic


Before taking the field on Wednesday for the final time in 2009, Baraboo Thunderbirds football coach Jeff Ochsankehl challenged his players to put forth their best effort.


"We talked before the game that the man in the mirror is who you are playing for," Oschankehl said. "If they could walk in after this game and look in the mirror and say ‘I put it all out on the field’ then it doesn’t matter what the score is."


The score turned out to be 35-0, as the T-Birds were dealt their ninth loss of the year by the playoff bound Reedsburg Beavers (6-3, 5-1 Badger North) in Badger North Conference action at Beryl Newman Stadium.


But margins of defeat, as Ochsankehl has alluded to all season long, aren’t what measures the ‘09 T-Birds.


"The score was lopsided, but our kids competed and played hard," Oschankehl said. "We reminded them that the scoreboard doesn’t define them as people or as a team. They should carry themselves tall and feel good about themselves.


"They made Reedsburg have to work and didn’t allow them to come in here and walk out with an easy win."


The Beavers entered the contest with the second-best offense in the conference, and it was their proficiency using the option that ultimately led to victory.


RHS running back Matt Lennon (188 total yards) scored two of his three touchdowns in the first half, including an 80-yard touchdown reception, before backfield mate Shane Rockweiller (113 rushing yards) capped a nine-play, 63-yard drive with a short touchdown run to give the visitors a 21-0 lead at the break.


After halftime, Reedsburg took advantage of a T-Birds turnover and went ahead 28-0 on Chad Mazur’s nine-yard quarterback option up the middle. With 3:20 left in the third quarter, Lennon put the final touches on the contest with a 40-yard scamper off tackle for six.


Take away Lennon’s two big plays, and Baraboo’s defense did an admirable job containing an offense that came in averaging 28.1 points per game.


A first quarter forced fumble and recovery by Brady Palacek, tackles for losses by Mubarak Kiyamov, Kody Lane and JT Baerwolf, and sure tackles in the open field by Mark Kowalke and Tanner Mulock held Reedsburg’s vaunted triple option in check most of the game.


"We played physical and moved well to the ball," Ochsankehl said. "There were some times when we played picture-perfect option defense. There were definitely some positive things on the defensive side of the ball."


Offensively, BHS was led by Baerwolf’s 10 carries for 46 yards. Kowalke caught five balls for 44 yards.


The T-Birds wave goodbye to seniors Baerwolf, TJ Kaminski, Jake Banks, Jordan Herritz, Alex Korthoff, Kevin Green, Ethan Mallory, Josh Kluender, Mulock, Ryan Moy, Tyler DeJesus, Joe Labeots and Haydon Mulroney.


REEDSBURG 14 7 14 0 — 35


BARABOO 0 0 0 0 — 0


Scoring Summary








1st 05:28 R - Lennon 1 yd run (Hayes kick), 7-0


1st 01:23 R - Lennon 80 yd pass Mazur (Hayes kick), 14-0


2nd 07:04 R - Rockweiler 3 yd run (Hayes kick), 21-0


3rd 06:27 R - Mazur 9 yd run (Hayes kick), 28-0


3rd 03:20 R - Lennon 40 yd run (Hayes kick), 35-0




Team Stats BHS RHS






RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 26-71 42-288




Passes Att-Comp-Int 20-7-1 2-1-0




Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1


RUSHING B-Baerwolf 10-46, R-Rockweiler 15-113


PASSING B-Kaminski 20-7-1, 52, R-Mazur 2-1-0, 80


RECEIVING B-Kowalke 5-44.

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