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Pewaukee Stunned in Level 2

Varsity - 2009 Season
Posted Monday, November 02, 2009 by Scott Ash/Staff
 Pewaukee stunned in Level 2 (with video)


Posted: Oct. 31, 2009


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Pewaukee Head Coach Clay Iverson speaks to his team after their loss to Reedsburg in the Division 3 playoffs at home Oct. 31.

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Pewaukee Head Coach Clay Iverson speaks to his team after their loss to Reedsburg in the Division 3 playoffs at home Oct. 31.



The Pewaukee football team, among the best in the state for a school its size, knew full well that Reedsburg would provide one of the toughest roadblocks on the path to Camp Randall Stadium in the Division 3 playoffs.


On Saturday, that was confirmed.


Shane Rockweiler scored with 2:04 left in the game, lifting Reedsburg to a 14-7 upset at PHS. For the second straight year, the Pirates took a 10-0 record into the Level 2 round of the playoffs and fell short.


“It was a really good nip and tuck football game,” Pewaukee coach Clay Iverson said. “I think they probably made one or two more plays than we did. That’s a tremendous football team. They’ve beaten a lot of good football teams; they’ve beaten Waunakee.”


Waunakee was ranked No. 1 in the state in Division 2 at the time, and it remains the only loss Waunakee has all year. Pewaukee shares that circumstance, but in this case, the loss bounced the Pirates from the postseason.


Patrick Bacon connected with Matt Dabney for a 32-yard touchdown early in the fourth, giving the Pirates a renewed sense of optimism. Meanwhile, Pewaukee’s defense was suffocating the Beavers in the second half, until Reedsburg marched down the field to score the go-ahead touchdown.


“I was concerned about the fact that they were going to blitz us a lot,” Reedsburg coach Brian Pottinger said. “They didn’t early in the game, and then they started to and we couldn’t do anything in the second half, so we decided to simplify things and run right at them.”


Rockweiler finished with 63 yards, none bigger than the two navigated in the final two minutes of play. On Pewaukee’s ensuing drive, Tyler Keele picked off Bacon and returned the ball to the Pewaukee 12-yard line, and the Beavers eventually ran out the clock.


“Our coaches had a great gameplan,” Pottinger said. “The kids believed and I don’t think a lot of people gave us a chance, but our kids believed and the defense just played out of their minds.”


Said defensive lineman Seth Brandt, “They pull (on the offensive line) almost 95 percent of the time. We thought we could use their guards to read their guards and take us right to the play. That’s how we got most of our tackles.”


Bacon threw a trio of interceptions and Pewaukee finished with just 33 yards on 3-of-12 passing. Overall, the Pirates lost the battle of yardage, 209-183.


Reedsburg attempted one pass all night, which fell incomplete.


Still, the Pirates asserted themselves as an area power with an impeccable record, despite the playoff setback.


“Credit goes to the kids,” Iverson said. “They really work hard, they really buy in. There are a bunch of kids in there that are hurting an awful lot right now, but it's because of the amount they put in.”

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