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Warhawks’ defense stuffs Pointers

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Scott Williams
October 21, 2007
— The legs of Justin Beaver and the right arm of Danny Jones were the recipe for a lot of success Saturday.

But ultimately, the secret ingredient for the third-ranked UW-Whitewater football team was a revitalized defense.


Beaver rushed for 216 yards and Jones threw for four touchdowns as the Warhawks (6-1, 5-0) walked off Goerke Field with a 31-14 victory over No. 20 UW-Stevens Point (6-1, 3-1) in a battle of unbeaten WIAC teams.


The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak for the Pointers, who had won their previous seven conference games by three points or less.


“In the second half, they showed why they’re the No. 2 team in the nation,” said Pointer coach John Miech. “Their defense shut us down. We thought that was going to be the best defense we would see all year.”


The Pointers never sniffed Warhawk territory in the final two quarters and mustered only 83 yards in a scoreless second half.


Meanwhile, Jones showed a knack for picking up crucial third-down conversions with his right arm, and Beaver chewed up large chunks of real estate to dominate time of possession in the second half.


Beaver, who gained 158 first-half yards, carried 41 times behind domiating blocking.


“When you have an offensive line, fullback and receivers blocking like that, anyone can run through those holes,” said Beaver, who added to his WIAC all-time career-rushing total. “You don’t have to make many people miss.”


About the only consolation was for the Pointers was that they kept Beaver out of the end zone.


That is where Jones comes in. The senior transfer from Cal-Lutheran passed for 239 yards and four touchdowns, including a pair to Neil Mrkvicka, as Whitewater posted its 19th straight conference victory.


“Our quarterback had a good feel for what we could do. We’ve been working on getting Danny more involved,” Whitewater coach Lance Leipold said. “We had to get our composure back at halftime, and stop shooting ourselves in the foot.”


Stevens Point fired the first shot behind a hot hand from Jake Swank, who had Whitewater on its heels in the opening half.


Swank completed 14 of 25 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown. His favorite target was Brad Kalsow, who hauled in six passes for a 115 yards in the opening half, including a 17-yard touchdown that gave the Pointers an early 7-0 lead.


Kalsow also caught a 66-yard reception late in the second quarter set up Mike Ferron’s 1-yard scoring run that brought the Pointers within 17-14.


But the Warhawks said enough was enough in the second half.


“Our coaches did a great job at halftime. We got yelled at a lot to get us focused,” Beaver said. “You can’t let them hang around because we know what happens.”


WHITEWATER 31, STEVENS POINT 14


UW-Whitewater 7 10 14 0—31


UW-Stevens Point 7 7 0 0—14


Scoring summary: SP—Brad Kalsow, 17 pass from Jake Swank (Ryan Graboski kick). WW— John Novak, 13 pass from Danny Jones (Jeff Schebler kick). WW—FG, Schebler, 31. WW— Neil Mrkvicka, 26 pass from Jones (Schebler kick). SP—Mike Ferron, 1 run (Graboski kick). WW—Mrkvicka, 4 pass from Jones (Schebler kick). WW—Aaron Rusch, 35 pass from Jones (Schebler kick).


Statistics: First downs—WW 29, SP 13. Rushing—WW 54-253, SP 27-107. Yards passing—WW 239, SP 236. Passes—WW 33-23-1, SP 37-18-2. Fumbles—WW 1-1, SP 0-0. Penalties—WW 10-67, SP 8-65.


n Eau Claire 40, Platteville 33—At Eau Claire, UW-Eau Claire took advantage of six UW-Platteville turnovers.


Two Platteville (2-5) fumbles led to a 13-0 Eau Claire lead, on a 10-yard pass from Mitch Schaeuble to Chris Hull and a nine-yard Cory Sartorelli run.


n Stout 28, River Falls 27—At Menomonie, Brandon Raciborski kicked a 52 yard field goal with 45 seconds left in the game to give Stout the victory over River Falls (2-5).


In the fourth quarter, Stout (3-4) took a 25-21 lead after they put together a 79-yard drive, capped off by Andy Reese’s two-yard run at the 11:46 mark of the final stanza.


n La Crosse 24, Oshkosh 0—At La Crosse, Griffin Moe threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns to help La Crosse win over Oshkosh.


Oshkosh (4-3) only had 135 offensive yards, 51 passing yards and 84 yards rushing.


La Crosse (3-3) rushed for 183 yards. Moe also had one interception on 19 of 29 passing.


- Eau Claire 40, Platteville 33—At Eau Claire, UW-Eau Claire took advantage of six UW-Platteville turnovers.


Two Platteville (2-5) fumbles led to a 13-0 Eau Claire lead, on a 10-yard pass from Mitch Schaeuble to Chris Hull and a nine-yard Cory Sartorelli run.


- Stout 28, River Falls 27—At Menomonie, Brandon Raciborski kicked a 52 yard field goal with 45 seconds left in the game to give Stout the victory over River Falls (2-5).


In the fourth quarter, Stout (3-4) took a 25-21 lead after they put together a 79-yard drive, capped off by Andy Reese’s two-yard run at the 11:46 mark of the final stanza.


- La Crosse 24, Oshkosh 0—At La Crosse, Griffin Moe threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns to help La Crosse win over Oshkosh.


Oshkosh (4-3) only had 135 offensive yards, 51 passing yards and 84 yards rushing.


La Crosse (3-3) rushed for 183 yards. Moe also had one interception on 19 of 29 passing.


WIAC


League Season


W L W L


Whitewater 5 0 6 1


Stevens Point 3 1 6 1


Eau Claire 3 2 6 2


Stout 2 2 2 4


River Falls 2 2 2 5


Platteville 1 3 2 5


La Crosse 1 3 2 4


Oshkosh 1 3 4 3


RESULTS SATURDAY

Whitewater 31, Stevens Point 14


Eau Claire 40, Platteville 33


La Crosse 24, Oshkosh 0


Stout 28, River Falls 27


GAMES NEXT SATURDAY


(All games at 1 p.m.)


Mary Hardin-Baylor at Whitewater (NC)


Stout at La Crosse


Stevens Point at Oshkosh


Platteville at River Falls



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