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Undefeated Batavia clinches outright UEC River crown

Batavia took care of business against host Elgin Friday night, capping an undefeated season and capturing the outright Upstate Eight River title with a 49-12 victory at Memorial Field.

The Bulldogs (9-0, 6-0) used a nice mix of run and pass to score the first 42 points of the game before the starters were pulled midway through the third quarter.

Anthony Scaccia led the way on the ground with 125 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries, while Tyler Miller chipped in 74 yards on three carries with a pair of scores of his own. The pair appeared unfazed by some nasty field conditions as they ran the ball with ease.

“Scaccia doesn’t have much problem in these conditions and he probably could have gotten more carries, and it was nice to get Miller some carries and give him a chance to show his speed and ability,” said Batavia coach Dennis Piron.

Lineman Adam Hunger and backup quarterback Daniel Albrecht also scored on the ground, as the Bulldogs carried the ball a total of 29 times for 266 yards.

It wasn’t all handoffs though, as they also threw the ball well with quarterback Micah Coffey completing 7-of-12 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown. The big strike came on a 71-yard deep ball to Rourke Mullins that brought the score to 42-0 and ended the day for the starters.

Sophomore quarterback Dontrell Gaddy gave Maroons fans a reason to cheer in the second half, as he checked in at quarterback after the break and completed 3-of-7 passes for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It was too little, too late though as the Bulldogs already had the game well in hand.

The loss capped a trying season for the Maroons (1-8, 0-6), who fielded a varsity roster of just 25 players this season and were overmatched week in and week out.

“They’re good, hard-working kids and they care,” said Elgin coach Dave Bierman. “There’s a lot of sophomores and juniors on this varsity team that are going to get nothing but better with this experience.”

Batavia will now try to keep things going when postseason play opens next week, as they’ll look to improve on last season’s playoff run, when they were ousted by Prairie Ridge in the state semifinals.

“I’m very happy with the team and we’re looking forward to the playoffs next week,” said Piron. “They achieved a lot of their regular season goals, going 9-0 and winning conference. Now it’s time to see what happens.”

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