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Reedsburg's Mazur Follows in his Brother's Footsteps

Varsity - 2009 Season
Posted Wednesday, November 18, 2009 by Benjamin Worgull
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Benjamin Worgull | bworgull@madison.com | Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 9:40 pm | No Comments Posted


buy this photo Reedsburg quarterback Chad Mazur has rushed for 1,228 yards this season, including 123 in the Beavers' 15-10 victory over Waunakee on Oct. 2. Brady Ambrose/Reedsburg Times-Press

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No matter the situation or scenario, junior quarterback Chad Mazur is a competitor that doesn't take losing, or being tackled, with a grain of salt.


"I always tell myself that I can't be brought down," Mazur said. "If I got a big linebacker in front of me, I am not going out of bounds, because that means I let him win. Being a leader, you want to step up for your team and not take anything for granted."


Throw a little brotherly competition into the mix and it's easy to see why Mazur has been a leader for the Reedsburg football team.


Entering the season, Tyler Mazur, a three-year starter and Chad's older brother, was the only Reedsburg quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards. With 1,228 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns to go along with 500 passing yards this season, Chad Mazur is the second, doing it in his first year as the full-time starter.


A season ago, the Beavers, with Tyler at quarterback, were stuffed one yard short of the goal line on a two-point conversion in the last three minutes, losing to Waupaca 21-20 in the WIAA Division 3 state championship game.


Chad will get his chance to deliver Reedsburg its first state title against West De Pere on Friday at 10 a.m. at Camp Randall Stadium.


"He's got such an internal motivation," said Reedsburg coach Brian Pottinger. "In the weight room, if he doesn't beat his projected lift, he gets upset with himself. He hates to lose."


Despite losing 22 seniors from last season, Reedsburg (10-3) still managed to earn a three-way share of the Northern Badger Conference for the first time in 14 years, a regular season highlighted by a victory against Waunakee that ended the Warriors' 44-game conference winning streak.


"I knew we had a lot of strong guys on defense, but I never thought we would be able to beat Waunakee," Mazur said. "Beating them this year was such a confidence builder because it showed us that everybody can be beaten in this state if we execute."


That confidence carried into Saturday's regional final. Mazur led Reedsburg on an eight-play, 90-yard scoring drive and threw the game-winning score with one second left to beat Waukesha Catholic Memorial 16-13.


"Our offense is a risky offense and there aren't many teams willing to take the risks we do," Pottinger said. "The quarterback has got to be consistent in the middle of the play. Chad makes it work because he's the smart kind of quarterback that can make those quick decisions."


So if Chad Mazur and his Reedsburg teammates hoist the trophy, will Tyler accept his brother's superiority? Not a chance.


"I talked to my brother and he told me that even if I win this game and win the trophy, I still won't be as good as him," Chad Mazur said. "I love the competitive nature between us."

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