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Beavers Get Defensive

Varsity - 2009 Season
Posted Thursday, November 05, 2009 by Brandon Storlie
 Beavers get defensive

Quarterback Chad Mazur pitches to Andy Huber while Pewaukee's Ben Bellows is too late in getting to Mazur during Saturday's game at Pewaukee.

 

photos by scott ash/journal community publishing

 

Quarterback Chad Mazur pitches to Andy Huber while Pewaukee's Ben Bellows is too late in getting to Mazur during Saturday's game at Pewaukee.

 

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JR Radcliffe

Journal Community Publishing Group

 

"Defense got the game ball for this one. They played very sound, inspired football, which is what you need this time of year."

 

Those were the words of RAHS football coach Brian Pottinger after his Reedsburg Beavers handed Pewaukee a 14-7 loss at Pewaukee Saturday.

 

Undefeated and ranked #1 in the state in the last wissports.net coaches poll in Division 3, the Pirates were stunned by the Beavers, who now move on to level 3 for the second year in a row where they will play at Jefferson Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. Pewaukee, 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 the 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. Pewaukee came into the game with a 45 points per game average, but a stellar effort by the Beaver defense resulted in a total shutdown of the Pirates and running back Brian Spakowicz, who had rushed for over 1,000 yards coming into the game. The Beavers held Spakowicz to just 41 yards on 13 carries, and also recorded three interceptions of Pewaukee quarterback Patrick Bacon, giving them seven in their first two playoff games. 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."

 

"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. Reedsburg struck first in the second quarter after a 24-yard run from Rockweiler sent the Beavers deep into Pewaukee territory. The offense kept rolling and junior quarterback Chad Mazur eventually took the ball over the goal line on a 1-yard sneak to put Reedsburg up 7-0.

 

Meanwhile, defensively, the Beavers held Pewaukee scoreless until early in the fourth quarter.

 

After forcing Reedsburg to punt from inside its own 5-yard line, the Pirates took over at the Reedsburg 32. On the first play from scrimmage, Bacon hooked up with Matt Dabney down the right sideline to tie the game.

 

Doing everything they could to keep the high-powered Pewaukee offense off the field, the Beavers milked the clock into the final minutes when Rockweiler plunged into the end zone from 3 yards out to propel Reedsburg to a 14-7 win over the previously unbeaten Pirates in the WIAA Division 3 second-round playoff game.

 

"We kind of figured we would have to do that a little bit to keep the ball out of their hands," said Reedsburg coach Brian Pottinger, whose team did the same thing earlier this season to halt Waunakee's 44-game Northern Badger Conference winning streak. "The plan worked, I guess." 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. "It was crazy," Rockweiler said. "We love being the underdog."

 

"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. I was concerned about the fact that they were going to blitz us a lot," 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."

 

Bacon threw a trio of interceptions and Pewaukee finished with just 33 passing 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. On the ground Reedsburg rushed 53 times for 200 yards, and featured four players who carried the ball at least 11 times. Andy Huber rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries, Matt Lennon rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries, Chad Mazur added 50 yards on 16 carries to go along with Shane Rockweiler's 52 yards on 15 carries.

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