Nothing went right for Beaver Dam. Everything went right for Reedsburg.
And it showed on the scoreboard.
Beaver Dam mustered but 39 yards of offense and a single first down after a promising 65-yard drive to start the contest and Reedsburg took full advantage, churning out 300 yards of offense — all on the ground — en route to a 38-0 victory Friday night in a Badger North Conference prep football game played at Beaver Dam High School’s H.H. Derleth Athletic Field.
“They were hungry for a big win, and they got it,” Beaver Dam coach Steve Kuenzi said of Reedsburg, which is now allowing only 10.8 points per game — and only 3.5 per game in its four victories. “They worked very hard for it. They got us out of our rhythm on offense — we couldn’t do much on offense.”
The same can’t be said about Reedsburg, which was methodical and highly productive in marching the ball down the field.
And never was that more true than on its first series of the game — a series that started at Reedsburg’s own 2-yard-line after a lost fumble spoiled Beaver Dam’s game-opening bid to strike first.
Reedsburg had the ball for more than 14 minutes on that first scoring drive — one that was kept alive by a running into the kicker penalty on fourth-and-long and went 98 yards in 27 plays — which was capped off by Casey Campbell's 3-yard touchdown run to make it 6-0.
It was a sign of things to come.
And for Reedsburg, it also was a sign that scrapping the new pistol offense in favor of the program’s tried-and-true flex-bone offense was the right call.
“We were getting big plays here and there but we could never hang onto the ball and drive it. And we ended up punting a lot. It was just real inconsistent,” Reedsburg coach Brian Pottinger said of the reason for ditching the pistol. “Tonight we finally went back under center like we’re used to doing, and it looks like we should have been doing it all along.”
Reedsburg (4-1, 2-1 Badger North) didn’t have to go long for its next touchdown following a three-and-out by Beaver Dam (1-4, 0-3), as the punt was short and Reedsburg got the ball at Beaver Dam’s 39-yard-line.
And Hunter Hahn cashed in with an 18-yard TD run on a quarterback keeper to make it 13-0 with 2:49 left in the second quarter.
That’s how it would stay until halftime. But it didn’t take long at all for Reedsburg to strike in the second half, as Casey Campbell ran the opening kickoff back 74 yards for a TD — he burst up the middle untouched before bouncing it out to the left and racing along the sideline to paydirt — to make it 19-0.
And Reedsburg — which didn’t turn the ball over while Beaver Dam coughed it up twice — all but salted the win away right after that, forcing Beaver Dam three-and-out on the ensuing drive and then extending the lead even more when Derek Pawlak scampered in on a trap play to the left from 12 yards out to cap off a six-play, 35-yard scoring drive that made it 25-0 with 8:04 to go in the third quarter.
It had gone from bad to worse.
And that’s how it would continue to go.
“I think as the game went on, we started to feel sorry for ourselves and we just didn’t want to play. And that’s something we’ve got to work on. We’ll get better next week,” said Kuenzi, whose team also lost in penalty yards by a margin of 45-32.
Beaver Dam heads to Portage (0-5, 0-3) for Week 6 — and based on the Warriors’ record, that might be just what the doctor ordered.
Meantime, Reedsburg heads home to face Mount Horeb/Barneveld — the 10th-ranked team in the medium schools division of the Associated Press poll — in a battle of wills as the high-powered Vikings will be trying to crack Reedsburg’s stingy D.
Things will certainly bode well for Reedsburg —which is trying to return to the playoffs after missing out last year— if it can come anywhere close to duplicating Friday night’s dominant effort vs. Beaver Dam.
“We finally played a complete game — we haven’t played a complete game yet this year, and we finally put it all together,” said Pottinger. “Our defense has been playing well all along, special teams has been playing fairly well and finally we got the offense going tonight. So it was good to see all three phases.”
Reedsburg 0 13 19 6 — 38
Beaver Dam 0 0 0 0 — 0
R — Casey Campbell 3 run (kick failed), 8:24, 2nd
R — Hayden Hahn 18 run (Rylee Dorow kick), 2:49, 2nd
R — Casey Campbell 74 kickoff return (kick failed), 11:49, 3rd
R — Derek Pawlak 12 run (run failed), 8:04, 3rd
R — Jason Walls 7 run (Rylee Dorow kick), 1:06, 3rd
R — Lawrence Lybert 10 run (kick failed), 6:37, 4th
First downs — R 16, BD 4. Rushing (Att.-Yds.) — R 59-300, BD 20-89. Passing yards — R 0, BD 15. Passes (Comp.-Att.-Int.) — R 0-0-0, BD 3-11-1. Fumbles-lost — R 0-0, BD 1-1. Penalties-yards — R 10-32, BD 6-45.
Rushing: R, Walls 16-99, Hayden Hahn 16-60. BD, Brown 13-48, Taylor Stobbe 4-32.
Passing: R, Hahn 0-0-0-0. BD, Jimenez 3-9-0-11, Carter Riesen 1-2-0-4.
Receiving: R, None. BD, Abel 1-4.