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Waterloo blanks Freeburg, 41-0, in season-opener

By on August 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Shortly after last Friday’s game against Freeburg, Waterloo High School football coach Dan Rose reminded his quarterback not to forget his helmet on the field.

How could Arik Bueltman forget it?

Just a few minutes earlier, Bueltman helped lead Waterloo to a 41-0 win over the Freeburg Midgets at Freeburg High School.

On Friday night, Waterloo (1-0) will play Columbia (1-0) at Columbia High School.

Bueltman expects the game will be a “battle.” “We’ll have to take everything serious,” he said. “If we take our foot off the pedal, we’ll be done.”

On Friday night, Bueltman guided the Bulldogs to scoring drives on their first four possessions. On the first play from the line of scrimmage, Buetlman attempted to hit Ethan Ruff with a deep pass along the right sideline. While the ball fell incomplete, the pass sent an early message to Freeburg.

“It let them know we’re here to pass and run,” Bueltman said. “If you stop one, we got the other.”

The pass caught Freeburg coach Ronnie Stuart off guard.

“They never start a game with pass,” he said.

Bueltman finished seven of 14 for 123 yards. He also had one touchdown pass and one rushing touchdown. Bueltman, who transferred to Waterloo midway through his junior year from Edwardsville High School, led the Bulldogs to a pair of long first quarterscoring drives.

He gave the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead with his one-yard run midway through the first quarter. The 13-play, 64-yard drive took 5:40.

Bueltman later connected with Ethan Ruff on a 14-yard touchdown with one minute left in the first quarter, giving the Bulldogs a 13-0 lead.

Waterloo capitalized on a Freeburg fumble early in the second quarter to set up their third score, which came on a 20-yard run by Riley Minnaert. Minnaert later left the game with a broken collarbone, and will miss the rest of the season, Rose said.

Drake Augustine gave Waterloo a 26-0 lead with his fiveyard run with 5:26 left in the second quarter.

In the third quarter, Ryan Aycock made two field goals, increasing Waterloo’s lead to 32-0. Grant Schneider put the Bulldogs up 39-0 with a 28-yard run with 5:27 to play.

Stuart said Waterloo can cause a team problems because they usually run the ball so well. “You focus on stopping the run,” he said. “Then they bring this quarterback, and they throw the ball.”

Rose believes the two long drives at the beginning of the game helped to set the tone. “We came out and did what we wanted to do,” he said. “We were lucky we were able to put some good drives together. The long drives at the beginning of the game are important. They are hard to recover from.”

Waterloo has now won 10 games in a row against Freeburg under Rose’s tenure. Freeburg, who went 0-9 last season, dropped their 12th consecutive game.

Mark Hodapp

Sports Editor