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Conference Champs/Playoff Bound

Varsity - 2009 Season
Posted Wednesday, October 28, 2009 by Brady Ambrose
 

 

Conference champs/playoff bound

Shane Rockweiler led the Beavers with 113 yards on 15 carries against Baraboo.

 

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Shane Rockweiler led the Beavers with 113 yards on 15 carries against Baraboo.

 

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In workman-like fashion, the Reedsburg Beavers secured their second straight trip to the playoffs, and in the same time secured a share of their first-ever Badger North football conference championship with a 35-0 pasting of Baraboo Wednesday night.

 

The win guaranteed a spot in the WIAA playoffs as the Beavers post a 5-1 record in the conference, sharing the title with DeForest and Waunakee.

 

"I told them it will take a while for them to appreciate what they really accomplished," said Reedsburg coach Brian Pottinger. "But we don't want to dwell on it now and be satisfied because we still have football left to play."

 

It took a little while for the Beavers to get going Wednesday, as the Thunderbirds, undermanned and outscored 303-40 coming into the game, and also on the verge of finishing the season without a win, played hard as Baraboo 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," Ochsankehl said. "They made Reedsburg have to work and didn't allow them to come in here and walk out with an easy win."

 

After fumbling on their first possession, the Beavers forced a three and out by Baraboo. Starting at their own 34, Reedsburg moved to the Baraboo 21 in just six plays as Shane Rockweiler gouged out several big runs to get the Beaver offense going. Matt Lennon then got Reedsburg on the board with 5:28 left in the first quarter with a two yard run to put Reedsburg up 7-0.

 

Starting at their own 35 the Thunderbirds lost four yards on first down and were forced to punt again, but a good punt put the Beavers 80 yards away from the end zone at their own 20 with 1:23 left in the first quarter. The Beavers wasted little time as quarterback Chad Mazur hit a wide-open Lennon over the middle of the field and Lennon raced 80 yards on the first play from scrimmage to put Reedsburg up 14-0.

 

Baraboo finally got across midfield on their next possession when TJ Kaminski hit Mark Kowalke with a pass to the Reedsburg 42. But after picking up five yards on first down, the Thunderbird drive stalled at the 37 as the first quarter ended. On fourth and five Kaminski's pass fell incomplete and the Beavers took over at their own 37. Lennon picked up 12 yards on third and nine, and Shane Rockweiler (113 rushing yards) capped the nine-play, 63-yard drive with a short touchdown run to give the visitors a 21-0 lead at the break. Pottinger said that despite the struggles early, "I like the way our kids just keep playing hard even when things aren't going our way. For the second week in a row, we turn the ball over early in the game, the defense makes a stop, and we go back out there and respond with a score. This team doesn't seem to let things bother them."

 

Reedsburg took advantage of a T-Birds turnover and went ahead 28-0 on Chad Mazur's nine-yard quarterback option up the middle to start the third quarter.

 

Michael Hayes picked off a Kaminski pass attempt and returned it to the 49 yard line. Reedsburg quickly moved to the Baraboo 15, and a horse collar penalty gave the Beavers a first down at the 10. Two plays later Mazur scored for the 28-0 lead.

 

With 3:20 left in the third, Lennon put the final touches on the contest with a 40-yard scamper off tackle for six, barreling over Baraboo's Mark Kowalke at the four yard line before rumbling into the end zone.

 

Lennon finished the game with 188 total yards and three touchdowns, while Rockweiler added 113 yards on 15 carries for a 7.5 yard per carry average.

 

Despite the big win, the coach says his team still has some things to work on as they prepare for the playoffs. "The big thing that concerns me right now is the number of negative plays we have on offense, whether it's a penalty, fumble or missed assignments. We can't continue to face long yardage situations and expect to be successful against good teams."

 

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             

 

FIRST DOWNS: B 6, RAHS 10

 

RUSHES-YARDS (NET); B 26-71, R 42-288.

 

PASSING YDS (NET); B 52, R 80.

 

Passes Att-Comp-Int; B 20-7-1, R 2-1-0.

 

TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS B 46-123, R 44-368.

 

Fumbles-Lost; B 1-0, R 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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