WAUPUN – Beaver Dam senior R.J. Shelton proved too much for Waupun’s football team to handle on Friday night.
For the second straight year, Shelton scored five touchdowns against the Warriors, rushing for four and adding a punt return as the Golden Beavers pulled away for a 42-20 nonconference victory.
“R.J. can stop on a dime and get back to full speed within two steps,” Waupun coach Jeff Tavs said. ‘We did pretty well with our defensive pursuit but I told the guys after the game that we have to string it out for 48 minutes.
“We can’t have a gaffe like that or someone as talented as Shelton will take advantage of it.”
Early on, it was the Warriors (0-1) who had the Golden Beavers (1-0) on their heels.
Waupun took the opening drive and marched 84 yards in 11 plays to take a 7-0 lead.
On the drive, Waupun converted a key 4th-and-2 at BD’s 30. Quarterback Keegan Pinch found Jordan Moul down the sidelines on a perfectly thrown ball for 29 yards before Jordan Daane scored three plays later.
“He did a good job settling in the pocket,” Tavs said. “The line did a good job giving him time to set up.
“Jordan had 4-5 inches on BD’s corner and he’s a very good athlete, having played basketball and baseball.”
BD responded by marching eight plays and 52 yards for a scored. Shelton ran the ball on seven of those plays before finishing the drive with a 4-yard plunge to tie the game.
“I thought that was our key series to score on that opening drive,” BD coach Tim White said.
“It allowed our defense to think about what happened on that opening drive and make some adjustments.”
BD forced a punt on the next series and Shelton created instant offense, taking the bouncing ball and running 65 yards for a score to give the Golden Beavers a 14-7 lead.
Waupun tied the game early in the second quarter as Pinch found Ryan Schmitt over the middle for a 7-yard score to cap off an 11-play, 76-yard drive.
Again, Shelton wasted little time in responding as he took a handoff and headed left toward Waupun’s sideline. Seeing nowhere to go, the Michigan State recruit cutback to his right and found all sorts of daylight en route to a 67-yard touchdown run and a 21-14 lead.
Much of the credit goes for Shelton’s runs goes not only to him but the offensive line that began to wear down Waupun’s smaller defensive front.
“We worked on keeping the blocks through the end of the play,” White said. “I was very happy with their effort.”
BD added a fourth score late in the first half when senior Jackson Bailey rumbled in from 31 yards out. The Golden Beavers finished with 293 yards on the ground.
“Jackson had a great night as a linebacker and at fullback,” White said. “He also showed that we have other guys who can run with the ball and perform well.”
Shelton gave BD a three-score lead early in the second half when he muscled his way in from 12 yards out. He ended his night with another cutback touchdown run of 67 yards.
Shelton finished with 238 yards on 16 carries.
Daane capped the scoring for the Warriors with a 13-yard plunge late in the fourth quarter.
BD heads to Slinger next Friday to start Little Ten play while Waupun hosts Kiel in a Eastern Wisconsin opener.
Beaver Dam 42, Waupun 20
Beaver Dam 14 14 7 7 — 42
Waupun 7 7 0 6 — 20
Waupn-TD J. Daane 1 run (R. Schmitt kick), 1st 6:36
BvDam-TD Shelton 4 run (Nelson kick), 1st 3:04
BvDam-TD Shelton 65 punt return (Nelson kick), 1st 1:24
Waupn-TD R. Schmitt 7 pass from Pinch (R. Schmitt kick), 2nd 9:20
BvDam-TD Shelton 67 run (Nelson kick), 2nd 9:02
BvDam-TD Bailey 31 run (Nelson kick), 2nd 5:55
BvDam-TD Shelton 12 run (Nelson kick), 3rd 10:07
BvDam-TD Shelton 67 run (Nelson kick), 4th 9:58
Waupn-TD J. Daane 13 run (kick fail), 4th 3:53
First downs 10 15
Total Net Yards 373 293
Rushes-yards 30-353 37-91
Passing yards 20 202
Comp-Att-Int 2-5-0 16-32-0
Penalties-Yards 8-45 8-50
Fumbles Lost 1 0
RUSHING-BvDam, RJ Shelton 16-238, Jackson Bailey 4-46. Waupn, Jordan Daane 15-59.
PASSING-BvDam, Wyatt Goodrich 2-4-0-20. Waupn, Keegan Pinch 16-32-0-202.
RECEIVING-BvDam, Spencer Kieckhaefer 1-12. Waupn, Jordan Moul 4-87.