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Defending Champs Fall in Opener

Posted Saturday, September 04, 2010 by Brian Pottinger

Defending champs fall in opener


buy this photo Clint Newell look to get outside while Monona Grove’s T.J. Bollfrass gives chase during Reedsburg’s season opening loss to the Silver Eagles Friday night. Brady Ambrose photo

If there were ever such a thing as an early-season statement, Monona Grove made it Friday night against the defending Div. 3 state champion Reedsburg Beavers.

The Silver Eagles marched 80 yards on their first possession of the game, and quarterback Dylann Rauch connected with Zach Zweifel for a 58- yard touchdown bomb on the first play of the second quarter to lead MG to a 17-0 win over the Beavers at Millennium Field.

With seven starters back on a defense that had five shutouts last season, the Silver Eagles, who’s only loss a year ago was to Div. 2 state champion Waunakee in the state quarterfinals, shut down the Reedsburg offense.

Rauch passed for 226 yards in the game and Zweifel tallied 130 yards in receptions. 

“I didn’t really know how it would turn out,” said MG coach Mike Stassi, “they are a great team and we have nothing but respect for them and coach Pottinger, but we were really on our game tonight.”

The Silver Eagles took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards in a little over four minutes on their first possession. On their first play from scrimmage Rauch tossed a 22-yard completion to Zweifel, and then completed two more passes as the Silver Eagles quickly moved into Reedsburg territory with a first-and-10 at the Beaver 38-yard line. On third-and-one at the 29 MG picked up a first down, but on second and five they fumbled, and Rauch recovered at the 26 to bring up a third-and-eight. Rauch then hit Graham Schroeder-Gasser with a 25-yard completion to give the Silver Eagles a first-and-goal at the one, and Chase Lewis scored two plays later to cap the drive and give MG a 7-0 lead.

After the defense held the Beavers to a punt on their only possession of the first quarter, the Silver Eagles took over at their own six yard line. On second-and-seven Rauch hit Matt Welsch with a 29-yard strike to the 35 and Jacob Boyes picked up seven yards on the next play to the 42 as time expired in the first quarter. On the next play Rauch hit Zweifel down the right sideline to put the Silver Eagles up 14-0 just nine seconds into the second quarter. “That’s a very good football team,” said Reedsburg coach Brian Pottinger, “We helped them out in some situations, but I’m proud of the way we fought and gave it everything, for the first game – I’m not entirely displeased.”

The Beavers took over at their own 27 and on second-and-eight Chad Mazur broke loose for the first big gain as he bolted 55 yards to the MG 15 yard line. But the Beavers would get no closer when on second down Mazur fumbled and MG’s Austin Klute recovered at the Reedsburg 21 yard line. After a holding call pushed them back five yards to the 16, Rauch hit Zweifel again for a big gain with a 32-yard completion to the 48 yard line. But the Reedsburg defense stiffened and forced a punt. The Beavers lost two yards on first down and Lennon gained eight yards on third-and-10, and the Beavers were forced to punt.

Starting at their own 43, the Silver Eagles were faced with a third-and-six, but Zweifel came up with another big play as he hit Logan Twing for a 17-yard completion to the Reedsburg 36. Jacob Boyes picked up 11 yards on first down to the 25, but the Reedsburg defense again forced the Silver Eagles into a long third and 11, only to watch Rauch pick up 12 yards on a quarterback keeper to the Reedsburg 14.The drive stalled when Twing missed a 28-yard field goal with 39 seconds to play in the first half.

The Beavers started the second half at their 30 yard line. On first down Lennon recorded his best run of the night when he raced 15 yards to the 45. But on the very next play Mazur dropped back looking to pass and was intercepted by Twing, who returned the ball to the Beaver 20 yard line. On first down Chase Lewis rumbled 10 yards to the Reedsburg 10, and two plays later Rauch hit Zweifel in the end zone for an apparent touchdown, but MG was called for an illegal man down field. Rauch’s next attempt was incomplete and the Silver Eagles had to settle for a 28-yard field goal from Twing with 8:59 left in the third quarter.

  With 5:33 left to play in the game MG took over at their own 36 yard line and marched down the field on a nine play drive all the way to the Reedsburg four yard line, but in a classy move, MG’s Rauch took a knee with 1:03 left to play and the Silver Eagles ran out the clock and left with the 17-0 win.

Zweifel had four receptions for 130 yards, and Reedsburg’s Chad Mazur rushed 16 times for 118 yards.

Reedsburg will look to regroup this Friday when they travel to Fort Atkinson for a non-conference game against the Black Hawks, who were throttled by Waunakee 42-0 Friday night. The defending Div. 2 state champion Warriors held Fort Atkinson to just two first downs and 15 total yards in the game.

MONONA GROVE 17, REEDSBURG 0

Monona Grove 7 7 3 0—17

Reedsburg        0 0 0 0—0

Scoring summary: MG—Chase Lewis, 1 run (Choate kick). MG—Zach Zweifel, 56 pass from Dylan Rauch (Choate kick). MG—FG, Logan Twing, 28.

Statistics: First downs—MG 16, R 7. Rushing—MG 39-154, R 31-171. Yards passing—MG 226, R 3. Passes—MG 15-10-0, R 4-1-1. Fumbles—MG 3-0, R 2-1. Penalties—MG 8-55, R 3-10.

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