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Slow start costly for Portage

Posted Wednesday, September 15, 2010 by Brady Ambrose

PREP FOOTBALL: Slow start costly for Portage

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Reedsburg's Matt Lennon scored three first-quarter touchdowns, including one on a 63-yard punt return, to lead the Beavers to a 36-6 victory over Portage in a Northern Badger Conference opener for both schools on Friday night in Reedsburg.

Lennon, who last week became Reedsburg's all-time scoring leader, finished with 187 yards on 11 carries and four touchdowns after adding 35-yard scoring run to his total in the third quarter.

Portage's lone score of the game came with 1:52 left in the third quarter, when quarterback Josh Inglett hit Peter Braun for a 52-yard scoring strike.

After a slow start, Portage was actually able to move the ball. The Warriors finished with 337 yards of total offense, including 206 rushing yards on 29 carries. Leading Portage's rushing totals was junior back Jon Nolan, who had 108 yards on 13 carries. In the passing game, Inglett was 6 of 20 for 131 yards.

It was a first quarter to forget for the Warriors. Lennon scored on Reedsburg's second play from scrimmage from six yards out, and then added a 63-yard punt return to give the Beavers a 14-0 lead.

Things went from bad to worse for the Warriors on Reedsburg's next possession. After Portage failed to pick up a first down, the Beavers took over at their own 41-yard line and Lennon broke loose on the first play from scrimmage on a 59 yard touchdown run that put Portage in a 21-0 hole with 4:35 left in the first quarter.

The game then settled down a bit after that. Portage senior Tony Ramirez picked up the Warriors first first down of the game to the 33 and Josh Inglett hit Ryan Paul with a pass to the Reedsburg 47. Inglett then connected with Tyler Twing on a completion to the Beavers 29-yard line, and on the next play Randy Wade picked up a first down to the Reedsburg 21 as the first quarter came to an end. Unfortunatly for Portage, the promising drive ended Reedsburg 25-yard line.

Portage ...............0 0 6 0 - 6

Reedsburg ......21 0 13 2 - 36

R - Lennon 6 run (Hayes kick)

R - Lennon 63 punt return (Hayes kick)

R - Lennon 59 run (Hayes kick)

R - Lennon 35 run (Hayes kick)

R - Mazur 17 run (kick failed)

P - Braun 49 pass from Inglett (kick failed)

R -Safety, Nolan tackled by Craker in end zone


First downs - P 9, Re 14. Rushing (Att.-Yds.) - P 29-206, Re 50-338. Passing yards - P 131, R 0. Fumbles-lost - P 1-0, R 5-1. Penalties-yards - P 7-57, R 5-25.


Rushing: P - Jonathon Nolan 13-108; R - Matt Lennon 11-187. Passing: P - Josh Inglett 6-20-1, 131; R - Chad Mazur 0-2-0, 0. Receiving: P - Tyler Twing 2-52.

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