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St. Charles North High School Upstate Eight River
The North Stars celebrate a touchdown against Bartlett.
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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 Mettetal, Zach Senior 6-0 190
2 Durocher, Adam Senior 5-9 155
3 Shanner, Jason Senior 5-7 160
4 Edlund, Chris Junior 6-0 205
5 Wolf, John "Jack" Senior 6-3 222
6 Lins, Eric Senior 6-0 200
7 Specht, Ryan Senior 5-10 175
8 Belich, Grant Junior 5-8 150
9 DeHut, Nathan Senior 5-10 147
10 Lewis, Jack Junior 5-8 160
11 Mettetal, Tyler Senior 6-1 195
12 Srocki, Collin Senior 6-3 185
13 Trippiedi, Antonio Senior 5-9 205
14 Beach, David Junior 6-2 175
15 Hammer, Griffin Senior 6-4 230
16 Ashley, Ryan Junior 5-5 130
18 Hohensee, Michael Junior 6-1 185
19 Segobiano, Lucas Junior 5-11 195
21 Norberg, Brenden Senior 5-9 170
22 Pawlak, Stephan Junior 5-10 150
23 Torres, Demetrio Senior 5-7 152
24 Hunnewinkel, Nick Junior 5-9 155
25 Nichol, David Junior 5-9 150
26 Hughes, Carson Junior 5-11 150
27 Nubin, Tyler Sophomore 6-1 160
30 Graziano, Alex Junior 5-9 160
31 Kuester, Greyson Junior 6-3 160
33 Daley, Daniel Sophomore 5-10 179
34 Eickert, Brandon Junior 6-2 165
35 Carlson, Dimitrious Junior 6-1 159
36 Groskopf, Jack Junior 5-6 128
37 Nelsen, Thomas Junior 6-0 175
38 Policano, Michael Junior 5-6 170
40 Duhownik, Nick Senior 5-11 185
43 Adedara, Tobi Junior 6-3 210
44 Durocher, Billy Sophomore 6-2 185
45 Reynolds, Chad Senior 5-9 175
52 Kellogg, Henry Senior 6-2 210
54 Keegan, Dylan Junior 6-4 225
55 Cotter, Christopher Senior 6-1 135
56 Bach, Zackari Senior 5-10 218
57 Bullock, Douglas Junior 6-0 225
61 Behnke, Nicholas Junior 5-9 205
62 Kappel, Jake Senior 6-0 235
66 Woods, Laurence Anthony Junior 5-9 160
68 Van Wyhe, Timothy Junior 6-1 185
69 Pomatto, Michael Senior 5-7 167
70 Fetzer, Joseph Junior 6-0 230
71 Hawn, Isaac Senior 6-6 293
72 Westendorf, Alex Sophomore 6-3 255
75 Bancroft, Michael Senior 6-1 200
77 Ambrogio, Sammy Senior 6-5 300
78 Toohey, Christopher Senior 5-11 260
80 Spotts, Matthew Junior 5-8 150
90 Guadagnoli, James Junior 5-11 185
95 Claney, Thomas Senior 6-5 230
98 Staudacher, Matthew Junior 6-3 195
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