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Reedsburg Heads Back to Div. 3 Title Game

Varsity - 2009 Season
Posted Sunday, November 15, 2009 by Brandon Storlie


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MIDDLETON - Matt Lennon entered the huddle on his team's final drive Saturday, haunted by what might have been.


Ninety-two seconds later, the Reedsburg junior running back left the field a hero.


Minutes after losing a fumble that nearly cost the Beavers a return trip to the WIAA Division 3 state championship game, Lennon snared a 13-yard pass from junior quarterback Chad Mazur and reached over the goal line to give Reedsburg an improbable 16-13 win over Waukesha Catholic Memorial in Saturday's state semifinal at Breitenbach Stadium.


"When I put that ball on the ground, I was just thinking, ‘Oh, man, I just lost the game for us,' " Lennon said. "We knew if we got the chance, we were going to capitalize on it."


That chance came in an eight-play, 90-yard drive that drained all but one second off the clock.


"We practice it every day," Mazur said of Reedsburg's 2-minute drill. "We've used it maybe once or twice this whole season, but I didn't think it was going to come down to the semifinal game."


All that practice paid off when Mazur took the final snap with 6 seconds left. The quarterback scrambled briefly, and then found Lennon on the left sideline.


"I didn't think I made it, personally," Lennon said of his dive. "I knew that there was a defender right by me, and I was just thinking, I have to dive, I have to dive. Luckily, there was enough room."


Leading 13-9 in the final minutes, Catholic Memorial (9-4) drove deep into Reedsburg territory after Lennon's fumble. On fourth-and-4 from the Reedsburg 9-yard line, the Crusaders opted to run the ball instead of attempting a 26-yard field goal attempt. The play resulted in a 1-yard loss, setting the stage for the winning drive.


"I don't think it really mattered," Reedsburg coach Brian Pottinger said of the call. "You don't really expect a team to go that far. I think that was the right call on their part."


In Pottinger's mind, his team's final drive came down to instinct.


"I didn't say anything," he said. "It was just get into our hurry-up offense and do what we can, run the plays as fast as we can. I think the biggest decision was what snap count we were going to go on."


Mazur finished with 108 yards passing and Lennon rushed for 128 yards.


"You see what happens when the kids believe in what they're doing," Pottinger said after his team improved to 10-4. "They just keep executing and don't ever quit."

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