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Confident Batavia ousts Rolling Meadows
  • Batavia's Anthony Scaccia eludes Rolling Meadows' Peyton Dezonna for a third-quarter touchdown in Class 6A playoff action at Rolling Meadows on Saturday.

    Purchase Photo | Batavia's Anthony Scaccia eludes Rolling Meadows' Peyton Dezonna for a third-quarter touchdown in Class 6A playoff action at Rolling Meadows on Saturday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  •  Batavia's Jordan Zwart hauls in a second-quarter touchdown against Rolling Meadows in the Class 6A playoffs Saturday at Rolling Meadows.

    Purchase Photo | Batavia's Jordan Zwart hauls in a second-quarter touchdown against Rolling Meadows in the Class 6A playoffs Saturday at Rolling Meadows. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  •  Rolling Meadows senior Eddie Cardenas brushes away tears as the Mustangs' season comes to an and following a playoff loss to Batavia.

    Purchase Photo | Rolling Meadows senior Eddie Cardenas brushes away tears as the Mustangs' season comes to an and following a playoff loss to Batavia. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  •  Rolling Meadows players Eddie Cardenas and George Someris embrace following Saturday's playoff loss to Batavia.

    Purchase Photo | Rolling Meadows players Eddie Cardenas and George Someris embrace following Saturday's playoff loss to Batavia. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  •  Batavia's Rouke Mullins takes the ball away from Rolling Meadows' Matt Campbell in the second quarter of Class 6A playoff action Saturday at Rolling Meadows.

    Purchase Photo | Batavia's Rouke Mullins takes the ball away from Rolling Meadows' Matt Campbell in the second quarter of Class 6A playoff action Saturday at Rolling Meadows. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  •  Batavia's quarterback Micah Coffey scrambles for yardage in the first quarter as Rolling Meadows' Peyton Dezonna tries for the tackle on Saturday at Meadows.

    Purchase Photo | Batavia's quarterback Micah Coffey scrambles for yardage in the first quarter as Rolling Meadows' Peyton Dezonna tries for the tackle on Saturday at Meadows. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  •  Batavia's Tucker Knox breaks up a pass play intended for Rolling Meadows' Calvin Gunn in the second-round of the Class 6A playoffs at Rolling Meadows on Saturday.

    Purchase Photo | Batavia's Tucker Knox breaks up a pass play intended for Rolling Meadows' Calvin Gunn in the second-round of the Class 6A playoffs at Rolling Meadows on Saturday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  •  Batavia's Michael Moffatt keeps his eyes on the ball and hauls in a second-quarter touchdown over Rolling Meadows' Kevin Adair on Saturday at Rolling Meadows.

    Purchase Photo | Batavia's Michael Moffatt keeps his eyes on the ball and hauls in a second-quarter touchdown over Rolling Meadows' Kevin Adair on Saturday at Rolling Meadows. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  •  Batavia's Anthony Moneghini runs past Rolling Meadows' Nico Chiodo for a fourth-quarter touchdown in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs at Rolling Meadows on Saturday.

    Purchase Photo | Batavia's Anthony Moneghini runs past Rolling Meadows' Nico Chiodo for a fourth-quarter touchdown in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs at Rolling Meadows on Saturday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  •  Batavia's Nick Bernabei is unable to stop this one-handed reception that Rolling Meadows' Matt Campbell grabbed for a touchdown in the second quarter of Class 6A playoff action at Rolling Meadows on Saturday.

    Purchase Photo | Batavia's Nick Bernabei is unable to stop this one-handed reception that Rolling Meadows' Matt Campbell grabbed for a touchdown in the second quarter of Class 6A playoff action at Rolling Meadows on Saturday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  •  Batavia's Nick Bernabei breaks up a pass intended for Rolling Meadows' Matt Dolan in the second quarter at Rolling Meadows on Saturday.

    Purchase Photo | Batavia's Nick Bernabei breaks up a pass intended for Rolling Meadows' Matt Dolan in the second quarter at Rolling Meadows on Saturday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Batavia loves fourth down.

The Bulldogs converted 3 of them Saturday night in Rolling Meadows, two of which led to touchdowns as the Bulldogs bounced the Mustangs 48-13 in the Class 6A playoffs on Saturday night.

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Batavia will host Lake Forest in a state quarterfinal matchup next weekend; the date and time will be announced Monday.

"We are aggressive," Batavia coach Dennis Piron said. "We will go for it. Our kids are smart. They listen and are coachable, and they are playmakers."

Piron gambled twice in the first half -- and pulled pocket aces.

Leading 7-0 after a 1-yard by Kevin Green, Batavia (10-1) faced fourth and 9 at the Rolling Meadows 30. Micah Coffey then delivered a perfect strike to Jordan Zwart on a post pattern to put the Bulldogs up 14-0 with 8:13 left in the first half.

After Rolling Meadows (7-4) closed to 14-6 on a 57-yard touchdown pass from Bobby Suchecki (16-of-31, 204 yards) to Matt Campbell, Batavia decided to roll the dice again.

Coffey delivered again, this time from the Mustangs 28 on fourth and 8, hitting Michael Moffat in the back corner of the end zone. Moffat won his battle with a Rolling Meadows defender to give the Bulldogs a 21-6 lead.

"It must have been the Batavia down," said Coffey, who was 17-of-27 for 196 yards. "My linemen gave me time and I just took my shot downfield."

Those two conversions were in stark contrast to Rolling Meadows, which failed twice early in the first quarter to convert on fourth down. The Mustangs had a dropped pass on one play, and failed on a quarterback sneak on another.

"We just couldn't afford to miss on plays when we had the opportunity," Rolling Meadows coach Matt Mishler said. "We had a couple of mistakes that just killed us."

Rolling Meadows came up short just before the end of the half when the clock ran out on a drive, stalling the Mustangs at the Batavia 15.

"We just didn't make plays when we need to," Sucjhecki said. "They did what we thought they would do. We just didn't play 'our' football."

Batavia took advantage of another Rolling Meadows miscue midway in the third quarter when the Mustangs had a fourth down snap sail over the head Suchecki, giving Batavia the ball at the Mustangs 25. Two plays later, Anthony Scaccia bolted into the end zone from 28 yards out to make it 28-6.

Meadows got a huge lift on the ensuing kickoff when Matt Dolan raced down the near sideline 97 yards as the Mustangs closed to 28-13 with 4:48 left in the third quarter.

Batavia responded by going 68 yards in 9 plays. The Bulldogs again converted a key fourth down when Coffey hit Moffat for an 18-yard gain to keep the drive alive. Scaccia capped the drive with a 5-yard run, and the Bulldogs were on their way.

"Throughout practice this week we focused on executing our game plan," said Scaccia, who rushed for 121 yards on 21 carries. "And it worked out perfectly. My line blocked great for me today."

Batavia closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter on a sneak by Coffey and a 12-yard run by Anthony Moneghini.

"We had a great week of practice and prepared well," Piron said. "To stop a team like this is so difficult. We have a group of kids who root for each other and really like each other and they want the season to go on. "

Mishler was proud of the way his team battled all year.

"I thought we fought real hard," Mishler said. "I thought our effort was fantastic. This is a great group of kids and they have given so much to this program."

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