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Posted Tuesday, September 21, 2010 by Brady Ambrose

Eagles knock down Beavers

buy this photo Sauk Prairie’s Matt Rudig stares down Reedsburg running back Austin Westerwelle after he received a pitch during the Eagles’ 51-30 Sept. 17 at Sauk Prairie High School. Photo by Brady Ambrose / Capital Newspapers

After thumping Portage 36-6 last week but giving up over 300 yards of offense, Reedsburg Area High School head coach Brian Pottinger said that giving up that many yards was a concern because good teams would take advantage of that and make the Beavers pay.

It couldn't have been said any better after Sauk Prairie rolled up 447 yards of offense and hammered the Beavers 51-30 Friday night at Sauk. With quarterback Erik Meyer passing for two touchdowns and 165 yards and Kenny McNeal rushing for 111 yards and two more scores, Sauk Prairie used their size and speed advantage to pull even with Reedsburg at 1-1 in the Badger North Conference.

"They were stronger and more athletic on the line than we were," said Pottinger. "They had a nice offensive scheme and they do a great job of keeping defenses off-balance."

Sauk exploded for 30 first-half points against the Beavers and were the beneficiaries of a couple of fluke plays that also led to scores in the game.

"We had pretty good execution," Eagles coach Tom Horne said. "After reviewing the tape, the kids graded out well."

Horne said the players stuck to the game plan, which allowed them to set the tone.

The Eagles scored on their opening drive of the game to take a 6-0 lead less than four minutes in. Starting at their 20, Meyer hit Jay Kuenster with a 25-yard completion to the 47. After a holding call Sauk faced a second and 21, but Meyer rifled a pass over the middle that bounced off the intended Sauk receiver and into the hands of Dan Brennan, who raced all the way to the Reedsburg 7-yard line before he was tackled. Two plays later Brendan Coy scored from 7 yards out to put the Eagles up 6-0. The Beavers were forced into a three-and-out on their first possession but the Reedsburg defense held and forced a Sauk punt.

Starting at their own 37, the Eagles took a 13-0 lead when McNeal broke lose on a 63-yard run on their first play from scrimmage with 3:41 left in the first quarter.

Starting at their own 33 in the second quarter, Sauk put together a 13-play drive that ended with Meyer hitting Matt Rudig with a 26-yard touchdown to put the Eagles up 20-0 with over 7 minutes left in the first half.

The Sauk defense then intercepted a Mazur pass on the Beavers next possession at the Reedsburg 37. After picking up the first down at the 27, a pass from Meyer to Brennan fell incomplete and on fourth and six Karl Schroeder made a 42-yard field goal to give Sauk a 23-0 lead.

With 53 seconds left in the half, the Eagles would score again when after a Sauk timeout, Meyer hit Rudig with a 22-yard completion to the 9-yard line with 11 seconds left. After an incomplete pass on first down, the Eagles lined up for a field goal and another fluke play spelled trouble for the Beavers as Meyer, who is also the holder, scooped up a bad snap and rolled out to his right. With no time on the clock, Meyer hit Coy in the end zone to give the Eagles a 30-6 lead at halftime.

In the second half, following a Reedsburg punt, Sauk again answered a Beaver score when on the ensuing kickoff Clayton Bohler scampered 85 yards up the middle of the field to put the Eagles up by 23 points at 37-14 with 7:31 left in the third quarter. The Eagles then got another interception on Reedsburg's next possession when Brennan picked off Mazur at the Sauk 38. The Eagles put together a six-play drive before the Reedsburg defense forced a fourth-and-three at the Reedsburg 42. Lined up in punt formation, Coy took the long snap from center and rolled out to his right and picked up seven yards and a first down to the Reedsburg 35. On Sauk's first play of the fourth Bohler raced in from 14 yards out to put the Eagles up 44-14.

The Eagles added another score when they took over at midfield after a Reedsburg onside kick attempt. McNeal scored four plays later on a three-yard dive with 1:45 to play.

The Eagles travel to Mount Horeb for a 7 p.m. kick off Friday.

"Mount Horeb is a very good team," Horne said, adding, "I don't think they have anything that we can take advantage of. We just need to execute our game plan."

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