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Geneva High School Upstate Eight River
Geneva's Justin Taormina (5) and teammate Loundon Vollbrecht (79) celebrate Taormina's touchdown against Richards with teammate Michael Landi.
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Sept. 5, 2014 Geneva's Justin Taormina (5) and teammate Loundon Vollbrecht (79) celebrate Taormina's touchdown against Richards with teammate Michael Landi. Laura Stoecker caption -
No. Name Class Height Weight Position
1 Arni, Lance Senior 6'2" 203 RB
3 Sneed, Garret Sophomore 6'0" 170 DB
4 Davison, Noah Senior 6'1" 185 DB
5 Miller, Nick Senior 6'1" 175 LB
6 Larson, Kelly Senior 6'1" 185 DL
7 McCloughan, Max Junior 6'5" 195 TE
9 Hood, Noah Junior 6'0" 210 DL
10 Evert, Kyle Senior 5'11" 180 QB
11 Murray, Bobby Junior 6'1" 170 QB
13 Elmendorf, Ryan Senior 5'8" 140 DB
14 Pronenko, Zachary Junior 6'0" 205 LB
15 Navigato, Blake Senior 6'0" 150 WO
16 Temple, Jacob Junior 6'4" 180 WO
17 Tams, Troy Junior 6'1" 185 DB
20 Gibson, William Senior 6'0" 170 DB
22 Campbell, Cole Sophomore 6'2" 205 DL
23 Carroll, Dylan Senior 5'11" 160 DB
24 Liedberg, Daniel Junior 5'11" 175 LB
26 Stempowski, Mitchell Junior 5'11" 197 DB
27 Anderson, Ryan Junior 6'0" 202 TE/DE
28 Ballee, Nathan Senior 5'6" 160 DB
30 Ericson, Caleb Junior 5'11" 195 RB
31 Mansfield, Joshua Senior 5'11" 150 WO
32 Swanson, Luke Junior 5'8" 170 RB
34 Herrera, John Senior 5'10" 180 RB
35 Freitag, Spencer Senior 6'2" 170 WO
36 Anastasia, Nic Senior 5'10" 160 DB
37 Hendrickson, Daniel Junior 5'11" 155 DB
38 Zima, Bennett Senior 6'1" 148 DB
39 Palmer, Noah Junior DB
40 Dewey, Nathan Junior 5'8" 165 RB
41 Waldoch, Matthew Senior 6'0" 180 DB
42 Kafka, Brendan Junior 6'0" 150 DB
43 Coghlan, William Junior 5'10" 195 LB
44 Bergman, Kevin Junior 5'8" 135 RB
46 Ukaobasi, Uche Junior 5'5" 176 RB
47 McAvoy, Blake Junior 5'7" 220 DL
48 Berry, Jacob Junior 5'8" 150 DB
50 Taylor, Drew Junior 6'3" 175 OL
51 Ritter, Bobby Senior 6'0" 230 OL
52 Branson, Mason Senior 5'9" 185 LB
53 Gregerson, Douglas Junior 5'10" 159 DE
54 Craig, Alex Senior 5'8" 180 DL
55 Ruth, Alexander Junior 6'4" 225 OL
56 Johnson, Cody Senior 5'10" 240 DL
57 Germann, Hudson Junior 5'10" 230 OL
58 Avitia, Alec Senior 5'8" 205 OL
61 Shanahan, Joseph Senior 6'3" 190 DL
63 Huber, Adam Senior 6'2" 200 DL
64 Osborne, Jason Junior 5'11" 175 DB
65 Schill, Aidan Junior 6'0" 160 DB
66 Parsons, Simon Junior 5'11" 220 OL
67 Barr, Matthew Junior 6'0" 195 DL
68 Warwick, James Senior 5'6" 135 DB
71 Lanphier, Kevin Junior 6'2" 215 OL
73 Krynski, Jake Junior 6'2" 200 OL
74 Springhetti, Krister Senior 6'3" 270 OL
75 Martin, Frank Sophomore 6'2" 270 OL
76 Marmitt, Nick Junior 6'2" 225 OL
77 Anderson, Riley Junior 5'9" 165 OL
80 Ramage, Ben Senior 6'1" 145 WO
81 Krieger, Jack Junior 5'10" 155 WO
82 Powelson, Grant Junior 5'7" 135 DB
83 Evert, Matthew Senior 5'11" 175 WO
84 Marcinkus, Cory Junior 5'9" 175 LB
86 Hanson, Ian Junior 6'1" 170 DB
87 King, Bradley Senior 6'4" 235 TE
88 Lindell, Austin Junior 5'10" 175 TE
89 Smith, Charlie Junior 6'0" 160 WO
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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.
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