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Lennon Sets Scoring Record in 43-0 Win

Posted Thursday, September 09, 2010 by Brady Ambrose

Lennon sets scoring record in 43-0 win

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buy this photo Matt Lennon drags a would-be Fort Atkinson tackler on his way to setting the RAHS scoring record. Lennon finished the game with 160 yards on nine carries. Josh Smith/Jefferson Daily Union

 
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Matt Lennon scored three times and Chad Mazur added three more touchdowns as the Reedsburg Beavers blasted Fort Atkinson 43-0 in a non-conference game Friday night at Fort Atkinson. Lennon and Mazur combined for 279 rushing yards and the Beavers rolled up over 400 yards of total offense in the game. "A lot of times the biggest improvement a team makes is the first week or two of the season and we saw improvement in most areas," said coach Brian Pottinger. "But we also saw some glaring weak spots that need to be addressed."

Lennon scored on Reedsburg's first offensive play of the game with a 55 -yard scamper, and then added an 11 yard touchdown run with nine seconds left in the first half, and then put the exclamation point on the night with a 62-yard run at the 5:36 mark of the third quarter. That touchdown gave the Beavers a 43-0 lead and also gave Lennon the Beavers all-time leading scoring title with 252 points, surpassing the previous record set by current RAHS assistant coach Joe Seep. Pottinger said, "I'm excited for Matt because he's meant so much to this program and he's so deserving of that honor. It's unfortunate that he had to surpass one of our coaches, Joe Seep, in the process!"

After Lennon's first touchdown the Reedsburg defense came up with a big play when Brady Pepper sacked Black Hawk quarterback Drew Dunkleberger in the end zone for a safety for an 8-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. Mazur then scored back-to-back touchdowns on runs of six and one yard to put the Beavers up 22-0, and Mazur scored for the third time with 5:30 left in the second quarter to give Reedsburg a 29-0 lead.

Reedsburg then went up 36-0 on an 11-yard run by Lennon just before halftime, and Reedsburg's final score of the night also came courtesy of Lennon, who broke loose and raced 62 yards to give the Beavers the 43-0 final as the running clock expedited the game.

Lennon rushed for 160 yards on nine carries with three touchdowns, while Chad Mazur finished with 119 yards on 15 carries. As a team, the Beavers rushed for 360 yards. Pottinger added, "The offensive line has really made big strides since two-a-days and it's nice to see all their hard work start to pay off for them. They've been very coachable and that's a big part of their improvement."

Joey Scott led Fort Atkinson (0-2) with 49 yards rushing on eight carries.

Up next- Portage

The Beavers will open up the Badger North season this Friday when they host the Portage Warriors at 7 p.m. at Millennium Field for the annual Corn Feast game.

The Warriors are coming in after losing 35-6 to Madison Edgewood Friday and are 0-2 to start the season. First year coach Sean Stout, a long-time assistant under Dave Schmitz, uses the Reedsburg team as an example to show his team what can be done. "If you look at Reedsburg three years ago, we beat them by 30-something up here and pounded them pretty good. If you ask Reedsburg, they used that game as motivation," Stout said. "If you get out of our league and you're about .500, you can do things in the playoffs, especially as a Division 3 team in our league."

The Warriors have won just one game over the last two seasons, a 23-6 victory over Baraboo last fall. Pottinger said that the key this Friday will be "much like last week. We need to get off to a fast start and eliminate the penalties and mental mistakes."

Weekly award

This season Old Spice has a nationwide program called the Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Week/Year Award and they provide schools with some free samples as well as items to be given to a player of the week as chosen by the coaching staff.

A player of the year is also selected from each team at the end of the season and they receive some recognition for that. Last week defensive back/kicker Mike Hayes won the award and this week it was offensive lineman Brett Deakin for the Beavers.

REEDSBURG 43

FORT ATKINSON 0

Reedsburg 22 14 7 0-43

Fort Atkinson 0 0 0 0-0

Scoring summary: R-Matt Lennon, 55 run (run failed). R-Safety, quarterback sacked in end zone. R-Chad Mazur, 6 run (Michael Hayes kick). R-Mazur, 1 run (Hayes kick). R-Mazur, 2 run (Hayes kick). R-Lennon, 11 run (Hayes kick). R-Lennon, 62 run (Hayes kick).

Statistics: First downs-R 13, FA 6. Rushing-R 38-360, FA 26-80. Yards passing-R 49, FA 25. Passes-R 3-2-0, FA 14-3-1. Fumbles-R 3-1, FA 0-0. Penalties-R 7-40, FA 4-25.

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