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Struggles Continue for Beavers

Posted Tuesday, October 19, 2010 by Brady Ambrose

Struggles continue for Beavers

buy this photo DeForest’s Omar Reed breaks into the open field while Reedsburg’s Matt Lennon (25), Chad Mazur (10) and Chase Fearing give pursuit Friday night. Brady Ambrose photo


The Reedsburg Beavers jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead Friday night, but after that it was all DeForest as the Norskies rolled over the Beavers, 35-7, at Millennium Field.

For the second straight week Reedsburg ran into a strong throwing quarterback. After losing at Waunakee 43-14 last Friday, Reedsburg faced DeForest's Ryan Sands, who scored on a 15-yard run to give the Norskies the lead at 14-7 with 7 minutes 12 seconds left in the first half, and added a 35-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Renz and a 42-yard strike to Eric Stewart to put the defending state champions down, 28-7, with 1:14 left in the third quarter.

"We knew they were going to go primarily cover-two," said Sands, who finished with 222 passing yards on 10-for-12 passing. "We wanted to pound the ball, that was our main thing. But we were a little flat the first couple drives, so we changed some things up and looked at some of the reads, and Coach talked to me and we got it all squared away."

The Beavers grabbed a 7-0 lead on their first possession when Chad Mazur directed a 74-yard drive capped by a 33-yard touchdown pass from Mazur to sophomore Austin Westerwelle with 6:39 left in the first quarter.

DeForest tied the game at 7-7 on a 9-yard run by Stewart on the first play of the second quarter, closing an 80-yard drive after Reedsburg's Michael Hayes missed a 46-yard field goal attempt.

The Norskies scored again on their next possession with a three-minute, 79-yard drive that saw Sands hit Kyle Renz with a 35-yard pass. Omar Reed, who finished the night with 127 yards rushing on 24 carries, ran three straight times for 20 yards; Sands bolted into the end zone on the next play for a 14-7 lead DeForest would never relinquish.

The Beavers had a chance to cut the lead to a touchdown at the end of the first half when they drove 53 yards to the Deforest 20-yard line, but a Mazur pass was intercepted by Jordan Goldensoph with 31 seconds to go.

"We seem to have a good start in a lot of games this year," said Reedsburg coach Brian Pottinger, who has to try and find a way to regroup the Beavers and win their final two games of the season to even think about the playoffs.

"It's everything, its penalties and we've worked on it all year and that kind of stuff is just defining the way this team is."

On their second drive of the third quarter, Reedsburg again moved the ball, this time to the DeForest 13. But a bad exchange between Mazur and Matt Lennon resulted in a fumble that was recovered by the Norskies at their own 16.

Five plays later, Sands and Stewart hooked up on a 42-yard touchdown when Stewart made a great diving catch over the middle.

"We've done everything we can to try and eliminate or at least reduce the mental mistakes, the turnovers, the penalties, and they just have to get it done on the field," Pottinger said. "But I don't want to take anything away from DeForest. They have some nice athletes who made some nice catches and throws on offense."

The Beavers had a chance to add to their early lead in the first quarter. The Reedsburg defense forced the Norskies into a fourth-and-six at the Norskie 49-yard line, and Michael Hayes broke through the line and blocked the punt to give the Beavers great field position at the DeForest 25. On first down Mazur lofted a pass to a wide-open Matt Lennon in the right corner of the end zone, but the pass sailed over Lennon's head.

The Beavers were also called for holding on the play and were pushed back to the 35. On a second-and-24 play, Mazur hit Alex Stolte with a strike back to the 25, but DeForest held on third and long.

On fourth down, Hayes nailed a 41-yard field goal with only 10 players on the field, but an illegal procedure call pushed the Beavers back 5 yards and Hayes then missed a 46-yard attempt wide left.

The DeForest passing attack struck again with a little over 4 minutes left in the first half. Reedsburg started at their own 27 and were forced to punt. A bad snap sailed over Chad Mazur's head and the Beavers punter tracked down the loose ball at the goal line, dodged a couple DeForest players and got off a running punt to the 35-yard line.

On a third-and-eight play from the 33, Sands threw a perfect pass to Renz, who stretched out for a diving catch in the end zone to put the Norskies up, 21-7, at halftime.

DeForest put the game out of reach with another score at the 1:14 mark of the third quarter, on a 42-yard strike from Sands to Stewart, and added one more score with 2:32 left on a 1-yard run by Damon Vang for the 35-7 final.

The loss dropped Reedsburg to 1-3 in the conference and 3-4 overall going into this Friday's game at Mount Horeb, a team that boasts a high-powered passing attack featuring senior quarterback Dan Elver. The Vikings are 3-1 in the conference and 6-1 overall.

Elver has passed for nearly 1,200 yards so far this season and has 16 touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Vikings also feature several talented receivers including Austin Elliott, who is averaging 25.9 yards per catch.

Matt Fargo has 17 receptions for 335 yards and Tyson Frederick has 18 catches so far this season.

"I just told the kids we've got to do whatever we can in practice to find a way to play a good game on Friday and find a way to win a game and give us a chance at all," said Pottinger, as the Beavers must now win both of their last two games to qualify for post-season play.

Chad Mazur finished the game with 55 rushing yards on 16 carries and also passed for 102 yards.

Reedsburg's Austin Westerwelle had three catches for 58 yards.

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