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Mazur Leads Attack

Posted Wednesday, September 29, 2010 by Brady Ambrose

Mazur leads attack

  • Brady Ambrose/Times-Press | Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 11:15 am | (0) Comments

buy this photo Chad Mazur breaks into the open field in front of Oregon’s Brian Straub on his way to a 28-yard touchdown run Friday night. The score put the Beavers in control at 20-0 in the third quarter. Brady Ambrose photo

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Chad Mazur didn't waste a lot of time getting involved in the game Friday night. On Reedsburg's fourth play of the game the senior quarterback raced 57 yards for the Beavers' first touchdown to give RAHS a 7-0 lead.

Mazur would finish the game with a season-high 185-yard, three-touchdown effort as the Beavers rolled over Oregon 34-13 in Reedsburg's annual homecoming game.

A week after the Beavers were shut down at Sauk Prairie, Mazur and the Beavers scored early in the game and the Reedsburg defense did their part as well to help the Beavers improve to 3-2 on the season. "Oregon's defense wasn't designed to focus on Chad, probably because he didn't have a lot of yards against Sauk Prairie last week," said coach Brian Pottinger, who has watched Matt Lennon, Austin Westerwelle and Clint Newell get the majority of touches for Reedsburg so far this season.

Despite the quick start, the rest of the first quarter was uneventful and it ended with the Beavers leading by the same 7-0 score.

Reedsburg started the second quarter with the ball at their own 31 after an Oregon punt. But the Beavers were forced to punt and Oregon took over at their own 45. The Reedsburg defense held and forced an Oregon punt that pinned the Beavers at their own 16 with 8:30 left in the half.

Mazur gained seven yards on first down and Lennon picked up eight yards to the 31.

A penalty pushed Reedsburg back 10 yards and Mazur was sacked for a four-yard loss on the next play and the Beavers were forced to punt on a fourth-and-18.

Again the RAHS defense held after Oregon took over at midfield and Matt Lennon returned the punt to the Oregon 25-yard line. On second-and-nine from the 24, sophomore Austin Westerwelle rumbled 19 yards to the five, and two plays later Mazur scored from a yard out to put the Beavers up 14-0 with 79 seconds left in the half.

After the Beaver defense again forced a three-and-out, the Beavers took over at their own 46 with 23 seconds left.

Mazur picked up eight yards on first down and Lennon got a few more to the 43. Reedsburg was called for an illegal procedure penalty that pushed them back 10 yards to their own 43 with five seconds to play.

The Panthers then allowed Mazur to rumble 45 yards on the last play of the first half before they tackled him at the 12-yard line as time expired with the Beavers leading 14-0. "Our players did a great job of putting last week behind us and they seemed to have pretty good focus despite the distractions of homecoming," added Pottinger.

The Beavers took a 20-0 lead on their first possession of the third quarter with an 81-yard drive. Starting at their 19, Reedsburg quickly moved to the Panthers' 44-yard line on third down with less than a yard to go for a first down. Mazur picked up the first down to the 30 and two plays later Mazur raced in from 28 yards out for his third touchdown of the game with 5:10 left in the third quarter.

The Panthers then ate up the rest of the quarter with a 70-yard drive that was capped by an 11-yard touchdown pass from Josh Brauns to Adam Gorman with 19 seconds left in the quarter.

Leading by just 13 points, Reedsburg started the fourth quarter at their 41 and Lennon quickly picked up 16 yards to the Oregon 43. But an incomplete pass on third down forced a Reedsburg punt, and Chad Mazur uncorked a beauty all the way to the Oregon eight-yard line, where again the Beaver defense forced another three-and-out. With nine minutes to play Reedsburg took over at the Oregon 43. Austin Westerwelle rumbled for 16 yards to the 26, and Mazur picked up 13 more. Clint Newell added a seven-yard run to the six and Mazur gave the Beavers a first-and-goal with a four-yard run to the two-yard line. On the next play Westerwelle scored to give Reedsburg a 26-7 lead with 6:26 to play. Pottinger commended his offensive unit that was tested by a couple good Oregon players, saying "For the most part I thought our offense executed pretty well considering we saw some different looks we hadn't seen before. They had a couple of really nice players who were giving us trouble at times. We just need to be able to communicate what they're doing and make quicker adjustments during the game."

Needing to score quickly, Oregon faced a fourth-and-10 at their own 20 and decided to go for it, but came up short with an incomplete pass and the Beavers took over at the Panthers' 20 with 5:05 to play. Facing a fourth-and-one at the 13, Westerwelle gained 10 yards to give the Beavers a first-and-goal at the three-yard line. Two plays later Lennon scored and the Beavers got a two-point conversion when Mazur picked up a bad snap on the extra point attempt and ran it into the endzone to put the Beavers up 34-7.

The Panthers added a score when Brauns raced 72 yards with 39 seconds to play for the 34-13 final. Matt Lennon added 118 yards on 24 carries and the Reedsburg defense held Oregon to 242 yards and eight first downs; the Beavers rushed for 350 yards.

The win now sets up the game of the year this Friday when the Beavers, the defending Div.3 state champions, travel to Waunakee to take on the defending Div. 2 state champion - and undefeated Warriors.

Pottinger acknowledged that the game will be closely watched, saying "The media is really going to hype this game, but it's all based on what happened last year and has nothing to do with this year's teams. We're going to treat it like any other game and prepare the same way we always do." Waunakee is coming off a 28-0 shutout win over rival DeForest and are putting up some big numbers so far that includes an average margin of victory of over 47 points per game in their first four contests. "Every year people say that Waunakee is going to be ‘down' because of the number of starters they graduate and every year they end up winning the conference championship and go deep in the playoffs," added Pottinger. "That program is so strong and they do such a great job preparing kids every year to play at a high level that I don't see them having a down year for a long time."

Oregon.........0 0 7 6 - 16

Reedsburg...7 7 6 14 - 34

Reedsburg - Mazur 57 run (Hayes kick)

Reedsburg - Mazur 1 run (Hayes kick)

Reedsburg - Mazur 28 run (run failed)

Oregon - Gorman 11 pass from Brauns (Nagel kick)

Reedsburg - Westerwelle 1 run (run failed)

Reedsburg - Lennon 3 run (Mazur run)

Oregon - Brauns - 72 run (kick failed)

Team statistics - First downs - O 8, R 15. Rushing 0 - O 28-161, R 54-350. Passing - O 10-19-0. R - 0-1-0. Passing yards - O 81, R - 0.

Individual statistics - Rushing O - Brauns 9-86; R - Mazur 17-185, Lennon 24-118.

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