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Batavia's Kyle Niemiec (19) works for yardage against South Elgin.
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Sept. 4, 2015 Batavia's Kyle Niemiec (19) works for yardage against South Elgin. Brian Hill caption -
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St. Charles North’s Griffin Hammer catches a touchdown pass as Batavia’s Thomas Stuttle defends Friday in Batavia.
John Starks | Staff
St. Charles North wins thriller over Batavia
Updated Oct 21, 2016 11:43 PM
St. Charles North brought the hammer to a showdown of top 10 Class 7A teams Friday night in Batavia, while the Bulldogs proved to be tough as nails.Senior Griffin Hammer caught 3 touchdown passes in the first quarter, giving the No. 4 North Stars the big plays they needed early on the way to a 42-35 victory over No. 6 Batavia.It looked like it would be a rout much of the night, but Batavia had other ideas.The North Stars led 35-14 late in the third quarter before the Bulldogs scored 21 straight capped by Michael Niemiec’s 25-yard blocked punt return and a 2-point conversion pass from Riley Cooper to Glen Albanese Jr. with just 2:34 remaining, tying the game at 35.Quarterback Zach Mettetal remained calm, driving the North Stars 92 yards from their own 8-yard line, starting with a 26-yard completion to Nathan Dehut, then two passes to Hammer, a pass interference call on a ball to Hammer, and finally Mettetal called his own number on a 29-yard scamper up the middle for the go-ahead score with 1:11 left.“It was a read play but there was nothing for me or (running back) Eric (Lins),” Mettetal said. “I kind of took it and tried to make something happen.“We learned a valuable lesson (from the St. Charles East loss). We have to respond to adversity against a good team and that’s what we did. That will help us moving on to the playoffs.”Tyler Nubin sealed the win with an interception on Batavia’s final drive.“I’m super proud of the kids,” North Stars coach Rob Pomazak said. “It’s funny, we practiced that exact sequence Wednesday and Thursday. We do a sudden score when are trailing, we do a two-minute drill and then we come back and flip the defense when we have to win a game. The kids rose to the occasion.” Thanks to upstart St. Charles East, Friday’s outcome determined the runner-up in the Upstate Eight Conference River and not the champion.But it’s still a win that sends St. Charles North (8-1, 5-1) into the playoffs with a better seed and a big confidence boost.“I think you saw two really good football teams here today, two teams who can do an awful lot of damage in the playoffs,” Batavia coach Dennis Piron said. “This game didn’t have a ton of meaning after both teams weren’t playing for first anymore, but it sure didn’t seem like it. Two very proud football teams. It was a fun football game. Nice job to both teams.”The North Stars only needed four plays to score. Mettetal lofted a 37-yard strike that the 6-foot-4 Hammer reached high for near the right sideline, putting St. Charles North up 7-0 just 36 seconds into the game.“The whole year I hadn’t been throwing to him much and this game on film we saw we could exploit a weakness they had and he did a good job getting open,” Mettetal said.Batavia (7-2, 4-2) answered quickly on a 1-yard Reggie Phillips run set up by a 62-yard carry by Dana Anderson.The North Stars, who scored on their first four possessions, struck two more times in the first quarter on 17- and 22-yard Hammer touchdown receptions for a 21-7 lead after one.Lins opened the second quarter by breaking free up the middle, then outrunning the Batavia secondary for an 80-yard touchdown run and 28-7 advantage.The Bulldogs found the best way to slow the North Stars was keep the ball themselves, and they put together a 17-play, 80-yard drive capped by Ben Weerts plunging in from a yard out.Batavia stayed within 28-14 at halftime when Jake Robinson’s blindside hit forced a Mettetal fumble that Maxwell McFadden recovered deep in Bulldog territory.Chris Edlund opened the third quarter with an interception for the North Stars, and Lins ran 18 yards for a score on the next play.
No. Name Class Height Weight Position
1 Martin, Jared Junior 5-10 140 QB/RB/CB
2 Robinson, Jake Senior 6-3 205 OLB/DE
3 Jansey, Michael Sophomore 6-2 200 OLB
4 Phillips, Reggie Junior 5-10 145 RB
5 Walsh, Johnny Senior 6-0 200 OLB
6 Richter, Collin Junior 6-3 175 WR/TE/P
8 Bautch, Michael Junior 6-2 210 DE
9 Golden, John Junior 6-0 150 WR/CB
10 Condon, Kyle Senior 6-1 205 DE/TE
11 Peterson, Eric Junior 6-2 160 WR
12 Cooper, Riley Junior 5-11 165 QB
13 Evers, Jeremiah Junior 5-6 120 CB
14 Weerts, Ben Senior 6-2 185 QB
15 Golson, Luke Senior 6-1 175 WR/CB
18 Cheaney, Colin Senior 6-4 180 WR/CB
20 Haefer, Jack Junior 5-11 162 QB/CB
21 Oroni, Connor Senior 5-10 185 SS/FS
23 Stuttle, Thomas Junior 5-11 165 CB/WR
25 Black, Javon Junior 6-1 186 SS/FS
26 Green, Elijah Junior 5-11 205 RB/P/OLB
27 Niemiec, Michael Junior 6-0 170 FS/SS
29 Huizinga, Matthew Senior 6-0 180 RB
30 Caithamer, Quintin Senior 5-8 165 CB
33 Heinz, Andrew Junior 6-3 170 OLB/K
34 Paoletti, Benjamin Senior 5-9 165 RB
35 Conlon, Matt Junior 5-8 175 MLB
37 Carlson, Jack Sophomore 5-9 147 K
40 Neave, Dylan Senior 6-0 180 WR
41 Lo, Liam Junior 5-6 165 OLB
44 Cotten, Matthew Senior 6-3 225 DE/TE
45 Anderson, Dana Senior 6-0 205 RB/OLB
47 Shoaf, Chandler Junior 5-9 135 FS/SS
53 Stasell, Matthew Junior 5-8 175 T/G/C
53 Stasell, Matthew Junior 5-8 190 T/G/C
54 Stejskal, Conner Senior 5-11 195 D
55 Luppino, Tyler Senior 5-10 210 DL
56 Darby, Jackson Senior 5-11 235 LS/G
58 Holden, Colin Senior 6-1 280 G/C
59 Weerts, Luke Sophomore 6-1 235 OL/DL
61 Alajoki, Ryan Junior 5-9 230 G/T
63 Elke, Nolan Junior 6-6 260 T/G
64 Stoffels, Ben Junior 5-8 180 T/G/C
65 Monteleone, Nico Junior 6-1 220 DT
67 Lambert, Jackson Senior 6-1 245 T/G
69 Meadows, D'Andre Senior 6-1 230 OL
71 Monroe, Christopher Junior 6-3 235 T/G
73 Preziosio, Joseph Senior 6-2 255 DT
75 Day, Evan Senior 6-6 295 T/G
78 Baumgartner, Bradley Junior 6-1 305 DT
79 Berggren, Ross Senior 6-2 300 G/T
81 Hunt, Jay Senior 6-2 170 WR
82 Miller, Brennan Junior 5-11 180 TE
83 Hitzeman, Evan Junior 5-7 135 WR
84 Krumwiede, Ethan Senior 6-0 170 WR
87 Smlatic, Selim Senior 6-1 205 TE
89 Schoenfelder, Nick Senior 6-0 170 WR
94 Ciupek, Zachariah Junior 6-0 175 CB
96 Tryzna, Jack Junior 6-0 180 DE/T
97 Fink, Aaron Junior 6-0 190 DE/OLB
98 McFadden, Max Junior 5-10 205 DL
99 Burger, Thomas Senior 6-2 270 DL
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