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Never A Doubt

Varsity - 2009 Season
Posted Monday, November 02, 2009 by Brady Ambrose
 

 

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Never a doubt

It didn't make much difference if the Beavers were running east or west Tuesday night as Reedsburg hammered Wisconsin Dells 35-0 in the first round of the WIAA playoffs, rushing for 446 yards in the game. Ryan Matthews (37) picks his way through the Chiefs defense in the third quarter for some good yardage.

 

Brady Ambrose

 

It didn't make much difference if the Beavers were running east or west Tuesday night as Reedsburg hammered Wisconsin Dells 35-0 in the first round of the WIAA playoffs, rushing for 446 yards in the game. Ryan Matthews (37) picks his way through the Chiefs defense in the third quarter for some good yardage.

 

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or the second straight year the Reedsburg Beavers opened up the WIAA playoffs by facing the Wisconsin Dells Chiefs. And for the second straight year the Beavers made quick work of their first-round opponent with a 35-0 whipping Tuesday night. The win now sends the Beavers to Pewaukee tonight at 6 p.m. to take on the #1 ranked and undefeated Pirates in what should be the premier game in Div. 3 today.

 

Led by Shane Rockweiler and Chad Mazur, the Reedsburg rushing attack sliced through and ran over a Dells defense that was the best in the South Central Conference for 446 yards on 58 carries, a 7.7 yard average. The 446 yards was two yards more than Wisconsin Dells had allowed in five conference games all season as Rockweiler rushed for 175 yards on just 13 carries (13.5 yards per carry) and Mazur added 164 yards on 19 carries (8.6 yards per carry).

 

The Beavers made it look easy. Taking the opening kickoff, Reedsburg started at their 35. On the first play from scrimmage Rockweiler picked up 15 yards to midfield and three plays later Mazur scored on a 38 yard run to give Reedsburg a quick 7-0 lead less than 90 seconds into the game. Reedsburg went up 14-0 with 2:12 left in the first quarter. After a Reedsburg punt the Chiefs took over at their 20 and moved out to the 36 on a pass from Skylar Liebzeit to Ryan Stroede. But on the next play, the Chiefs fumbled and Jared Park scooped up the loose ball at the Dells 41.

 

On first down Mazur picked up 16 yards to the 25 and three plays later Mazur picked up another first down to the eight yard line. Two plays later Matt Lennon scored to give the Beavers a two touchdown lead at the end of the first quarter. After another Dells punt to start the second quarter, Reedsburg put together an 85-yard drive that was capped by an 11 yard scoring run from Mazur.

 

The Beaver defense then took over. On the Chiefs next drive Liebzeit hit Ryan Theiler with a strike to the Reedsburg 24, but on the next play Grant Rudolph intercepted a pass by the Dells at the five yard line to give the ball back to the Beavers with 3:55 left in the half. On the first play from scrimmage Rockweiler broke free and rumbled 57 yards before being tackled at the Dells 38. On the next play Mazur raced 18 yards to the 20 and four plays later hit Ryan Pawlisch with a four yard touchdown pass that put Reedsburg up 28-0 with 28 seconds left in the half.

 

The Beaver defense continued to smother the Dells in the second half. After taking the kick and getting near midfield, the Chiefs were forced to punt and Tyler Archambo returned the kick to the Reedsburg 31. On second down Mazur picked up 12 yards to the 46, and on the next play Rockweiler scored on a 54 yard run to put the Beavers up 35-0 with 9:15 left in the game, starting the running clock.

 

Forced to pass on nearly every down, Wisconsin Dells moved into Reedsburg territory at the 33, but on first and 10 Archambo picked off another Liebzeit pass at the one yard line. The Beavers then fumbled and the Chiefs took over at the Reedsburg Beaver 10 yard line with 2:58 in the third. But two plays later the Beaver defense again came up big when Gudenschwager picked off a pass in the end zone to give Reedsburg a first and 10 at their 20 yard line.

 

On their next possession the Beavers moved out to the 45 but fumbled again and Kyle Holzem recovered for the Chiefs at the Reedsburg 37. On their first play the Dells turned the ball over again when Archambo recorded his second interception of the game at the 13 yard line and the Beavers took over with Ryan Pawlisch in at quarterback, Nate Nowak in the backfield and Stefan Luke and Weston Ernstmeyer also in the game on offense. The Beavers then drove to midfield and ran out the clock for an impressive 35-0 win.

 

The Pewaukee Pirates, with a 10-0 record, have not lost a game since the 42-28 loss to Greendale last season, have outscored their opponents 416-109 in 10 games this season, and feature a good runner in Bryan Spakowicz. Spakowicz has rushed for 1,044 yards in 10 games and is also a starting inside linebacker and punter for the Pirates. Pewaukee beat Whitewater 46-22 Tuesday, and were led by junior Derek Watt, who ran for two touchdowns and led the team with nine tackles. Spakowicz finished with 94 yards on the ground. The defense was officially credited with holding Whitewater to negative 24 yards rushing, a value helped by a botched punt snap that cost the Whippets 38 yards and set up Pewaukee's first score. Quarterback Patrick Bacon completed nine passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

 

WISCONSIN DELLS 0 0 0 0 -   0

 

REEDSBURG          14 14 7 0 - 35

 

1st R - Mazur 38 yd run (Hayes kick), R 7-0

 

1st R - Lennon 1 yd run (Hayes kick), R 14-0

 

2nd R - Mazur 10 yd run (Hayes kick), R 21-0

 

2nd R - Pawlisch 4 yd pass Mazur (Hayes kick), R 28-0

 

3rd R - Rockweiler 54 yd run (Hayes kick), R 35-0.

 

FIRST DOWNS: R 8, WD 20.

 

RUSHES-YARDS (NET): R 58-446, WD 20-77.

 

PASSING YDS (NET): R 4, WD 57.

 

TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS: R 60-450, WD 35-134.

 

RUSHING: R Rockweiler 13-175, Mazur 19-164. WD Blaschke 6-25.

 

PASSING: R Mazur 2-1-, 4, WD Liebzeit 15-5-4, 57.

 

Penalties: Number-Yards: R 4-20, WD 5-11. 

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