Daily Herald's 2016 Season Coverage
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Larkin High School Upstate Eight River
Larkin students cheer on the Royals.
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No. Name Class Height Weight Position
1 Ivy, Kashmir Senior 5'9" 150 WR/DB
2 Morris, Kindrel Junior 5'6" 135 RB/WR/DB
3 Hernandez, Elijah Senior 6'0" 165 QB/WR/DB
4 Ball, DJ Junior 5'9" 165 WR/DB
5 Stubbs, Jahari Sophomore 5'9" 135 WR/DB
6 Morales, Jason Senior 6'0" 185 WR/DB
7 Pergrem, Tyler Senior 5'11" 160 WR/DB
8 Farley, Travis Sophomore 5'9" 150 RB/LB
9 Redmond, KJ Junior 5'6" 125 WR/DB
10 Kohler, Nate Senior 6'0" 170 WR/DB
13 Hibbler, David Senior 6'1" 175 QB/DB
14 Weaver, Jeremy Senior 6'0" 155 WR/LB
15 Black, Pierre Sophomore 5'9" 150 WR/DB
16 Bowman, Will Senior 5'6" 150 WR/DB
20 Hinton, Keandre Senior 6'1" 180 WR/DB
22 Goodwin, Denzel Senior 5'6" 145 WR/DB
25 Donald, Kayden Sophomore 5'10" 130 WR/DB
32 Mebane, Keone Senior 5'11" 180 RB/LB
33 Rose, Christopher Sophomore 5'10" 150 WR/DB
34 Gould, Jeremy Sophomore 5'6" 145 WR/RB/DB
35 Perez, Hector Senior 5'11" 190 OL/DL/TE
45 Sharp, Logan Sophomore 5'7" 150 OL/LB
51 Cruz, Manny Junior 5'11" 205 OL/DL
52 Matison, Josh Senior 5'11" 180 OL/LB
53 Martinez, Angel Junior 5'3" 205 OL/DL
54 Morales, Omar Senior 5'11" 205 OL/DL
56 Johnson, Aris Junior 6'1" 240 OL/DL
57 Dunn, Jayden Sophomore 5'11" 230 OL/DL
57 Rios, Isai Sophomore 6'0" 220 OL/DL
58 Facio, Jesus Junior 6'1" 205 OL/DL
59 Wiskirchen, Max Junior 6'2" 200 OL/DL/TE
62 Feliciano, Giovanni Junior 6'0" 250 OL/DL
64 Morales, Martin Junior 5'9" 234 OL/DL
66 Leon, Ezzry Junior 6'0" 205 OL/DL
72 Villanueva, Mike Junior 5'10" 270 OL/DL
74 Baldazzo, Liborio Junior 6'4" 325 OL/DL
74 Delgado, Manny Sophomore 5'11" 240 OL/DL
77 Hamby, Keenan Senior 6'4" 307 OL/DL
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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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