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Once More, Rockweiler Sparks Reedsburg

Varsity - 2009 Season
Posted Saturday, November 21, 2009 by Luke Briggs
 

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buy this photoShane Rockweiler (30) of Reedsburg carries the ball into the end zone against Cody Van De Hei (44) of West De Pere for one of his two touchdowns in the Beavers' 34-27 victory Friday.Michelle Stocker -- Capital Times

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Leg cramps were just about the only thing that could stop Shane Rockweiler on Friday.

After laying a devastating hit on West De Pere's Jared Longlais with 22 seconds left in the game, Reedsburg's senior linebacker needed to be carried off the field by coaches.

But all it took was a thumbs-up from Rockweiler as he was en route to the sidelines to send the Beavers' fan base into one final frenzy.

Rockweiler's two rushing touchdowns and 9½ tackles had given his fans reason to cheer all game at Camp Randall Stadium. They also helped Reedsburg earn the school's first state title by way of a 34-27 win over the Phantoms in the WIAA Division 3 championship game.

"I went crazy," said Rockweiler when the final seconds ticked off the clock. "Then I kind of felt it in my leg, but I went crazy. It felt so good - best feeling ever."

While Rockweiler entered the game leading Reedsburg (11-3) with 137 tackles, it was his offense that sparked the Beavers.

"He provides the spark for our offense since midway through the year," Reedsburg coach Brian Pottinger said of Rockweiler, who finished the game with 114 rushing yards and the season with 802.

Rockweiler and the Beavers racked up 359 yards on the ground.

"Rocky is just amazing," junior running back Matt Lennon said. "He's a workhorse. He never gets tired. It seems like he's not even human."

After Reedsburg lost a 21-20 heartbreaker to Waupaca in last year's Division 3 title game, Rockweiler felt more confident this year.

"We got the experience this year, and we were told we were going to win it," Rockweiler said. "(It feels) 10 times better (than last year)."

Pottinger knows how much a state title means to his senior class.

"I bet right now (a title) means the world to (the seniors)," Pottinger said. "They're on cloud nine right now."

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