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Undefeated Warriors Air it out

Posted Thursday, October 07, 2010 by Brady Ambrose

Undefeated Warriors air it out

Brady Ambrose/Times-Press 

buy this photo Waunakee’s Leo Musso (45) is brought down by Reedsburg’s Michael Hayes (42), Colton Brott (65), Brady Peper (51) and Travis Erbs Friday night. Brady Ambrose Photo

WAUNAKEE - With a pre-game atmosphere that was almost carnival-like, it turned out to be the Waunakee Warriors who put on a show Friday night.

Led by a potent passing attack and a smothering defense, the Warriors jumped out to a big lead and rolled to a 43-14 victory over Reedsburg at Warrior Stadium.

The much-hyped showdown between two sitting state-champion teams turned into a long evening for the Beavers as Waunakee junior quarterback Hunter Darger and University of Wisconsin recruit Austin Maly teamed up for three touchdowns, and Leo Musso rushed for 144 yards in just 17 carries to keep Waunakee undefeated at 6-0. .

"Their passing game is good enough that they can use it to open up the run game and Waunakee knew we'd be loading up the box to stop the run first," said Reedsburg coach Brian Pottinger.

After fumbling on their first possession, the Warriors then rattled off five straight scoring drives and amassed 300 yards of offense in the first half,building up a 36-0 lead with 1:32 left in the second quarter.

"I was pleased with our preparation for the game and our effort was there for the most part," said Pottinger, who added that "it's too soon to tell if the Warriors are better this year than last. They haven't really been tested yet and they may not be tested until the playoffs."

On their first possession, the Beavers took over after Brady Peper recovered a fumble at their own 29, but the Warrior defense forced the Beavers into a fourth and five. Chad Mazur attempted a shovel pass to Matt Lennon,but Lennon fumbled and Waunakee took over at the Reedsburg 37.

Darger hit Derek Straus with a 23-yard completion of first down to the 14. On third and five at the nine-yard line Darger and Maly connected on a touchdown pass. The 6-foot-6 Maly went up and over Reedsburg's 5-5 Matt Archambo to haul in the pass for a 7-0 Waunakee lead with 6:48 to go in the first quarter.

Reedsburg started at their own 25 and Clint Newell moved the ball up 15 yards with a nice run to the 40-yard line.

Matt Lennon picked up a first down on third and five but the drive stalled and forced a Chad Mazur punt that pinned Waunakee at its own 10. Darger hit Straus with a 17-yard strike to the 27, but a holding call pushed the Warriors back to the 17. On second and 20 Darger and Maly again hooked up, this time for an 83-yard touchdown. Maly again went up and over a Reedsburg defender and took off down the left sideline to give Waunakee a 14-0 lead with 1:03 left in the quarter.

The Beavers took over at their 27 and moved to the Waunakee 44, but Clint Newell fumbled and Zach Statz recovered for Waunakee at the Beavers 49-yard line. The second quarter started with the Warriors facing a second and two at the 41, and Musso picked up six yards. On second and five from the 30, Musso rumbled 17 yards to the 13.

Two plays later Darger threw his third touchdown pass of the first half when he hit Maly from 11 yards out to put the Warriors up 21-0 with 9:59 left in the second quarter.

The Beavers picked up 15 yards on their next drive when Mazur hit Alex Stolte with a completion to the Beaver's 36. Waunakee was then called for pass interference two plays later to give Reedsburg a first down at the 47, but Newell was stuffed for a one yard loss and on third and 11 Mazur was sacked five yards back to force another Reedsburg punt.

Starting 90 yards away from the end zone, the Warriors got a break when Chase Fearing was called for interference on an incomplete pass to Maly. After gaining another first down to the 39, Musso rumbled nine yards to the 48.

On the next play Musso busted loose up the middle and raced 52 yards for Waunakee's fourth touchdown, and on the extra point Waunakee kicker Sam Russell scooped up a botched snap and ran into the end zone for a two point conversion to give the Warriors a 29-0 lead with 4:43 left in the first half.

After Waunakee forced another Beaver punt the Warriors took over at their 46 and needed just four plays to score again. Darger and Maly connected on a 17 yard touchdown with 1:32 left that put the Warriors up 36-0 at the break. Maly had just three first-half receptions but totaled 111 yards and three touchdowns on the catches.

"You have to give yourself a chance by being where you're supposed to be," added Pottinger. "It's not like we had completely blown coverages. Their receivers run great routes and their QB didn't put the ball in a bad spot all night, including his incompletions."

Reedsburg finally got on the board on their second possession of the third quarter. After the teams traded punts, the Beavers took over at their 25. After picking up a first down to the 35, Chad Mazur broke free and raced down the left sideline for a 40 yard run to the Waunakee 40.

After Clint Newell was tackled for a two-yard loss Austin Westerwelle picked up five yards to the 22. On fourth and seven at the 21, the Beavers went for it. Mazur hit Matt Lennon with an 11-yard completion to the 10-yard line, and Mazur scored on the next play to make the score 36-7 with 23 seconds left in the third quarter.

Reedsburg scored again on its next possession when Weston Ernstmeyer recovered a Waunakee fumble at the Warrior 20. On fourth down Mazur hit Jordan Gauf with a 15 yard completion to the one-yard line, and Mazur scored his second touchdown on the next play to trim the lead to 36-14 with 8:59 to play.

Waunakee coach Pat Rice then put his first string offense back in the game on their next possession, and Waunakee promptly drove 65 yards in 10 plays, including a fake punt on fourth and six from the Reedsburg 48 that saw punter Max Chamberlin pick up 11 yards to the Beavers 37.

Four plays later Musso scored from 23 yards out to give Waunakee a 43-14 lead with 5 minutes left to play.

The Beavers must now regroup and turn their attention to the DeForest Norskies, who hammered Fort Atkinson 42-0 Friday. DeForest beat the Beavers 28-0 last season after Reedsburg's huge win over Waunakee, as Corey Wipperfurth rushed for 362 yards and four touchdowns.

The Norskies are 2-1 in the conference and 4-2 overall.

"Our challenge is to put together a complete game by being more consistent in all phases," Pottinger said. "If we can do that, we'll have a chance to win."

Reedsburg........0 0 7 7 - 14

Waunakee.......14 22 0 7 - 43

W - Staege 9 yard pass from Darger (Russell kick)

W - Maly 83 yard pass from Darger (Russell kick)

W - Maly 11 yard pass from Darger (Russell kick)

W - Musso 52 yard run (Russell run)

W - Maly 17 yard pass from Darger (Russell kick)

R - Mazur 10 yard run (Hayes kick)

R - Mazur 1 yard run (Hayes kick)

W - Musso 24 yard run (Russell kick)

TEAM STATS

First downs - R 13, W 24. Rushing - R 39-138, W 31-219. Passing - R3-6-0, W 13-18-0. Fumbles-lost - R 2, W 2. Penalties - R 5-60, W 2-20.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing: R - Mazur 13-87; W - Musso 17-144. Passing: R - Mazur 3-6-0 42; W - Darger 13-16-0, 241.

Receiving: R - Stolte 1-15, Gauf 1-15; W - Maly 3-144, Straus 6-88.

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