Batavia edges Willowbrook in back-and-forth OT thriller

  • Batavia's Jackson Williams (23) and Xander Montiel (67) celebrate after their Win Saturday against Willowbrook.

      Batavia's Jackson Williams (23) and Xander Montiel (67) celebrate after their Win Saturday against Willowbrook. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia celebrates as a Willowbrook pass falls incomplete in overtime to give the Bulldogs the win Saturday during playoff football.

      Batavia celebrates as a Willowbrook pass falls incomplete in overtime to give the Bulldogs the win Saturday during playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Brandon Vines (20) celebrates as a Willowbrook pass falls incomplete in overtime to give the Bulldogs the win Saturday during playoff football.

      Batavia's Brandon Vines (20) celebrates as a Willowbrook pass falls incomplete in overtime to give the Bulldogs the win Saturday during playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Michael Jansey (3) is mugged by teammates after scoring in overtime Saturday against Willowbrook during playoff football.

      Batavia's Michael Jansey (3) is mugged by teammates after scoring in overtime Saturday against Willowbrook during playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Quin Urwiler (34) goes up and in to the end zone against Willowbrook Saturday during playoff football.

      Batavia's Quin Urwiler (34) goes up and in to the end zone against Willowbrook Saturday during playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Quin Urwiler (34) looks for running room Saturday against Willowbrook in playoff football.

      Batavia's Quin Urwiler (34) looks for running room Saturday against Willowbrook in playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Willowbrook's Cj Harris (4) slides into the end zone Saturday against Batavia in playoff football.

      Willowbrook's Cj Harris (4) slides into the end zone Saturday against Batavia in playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Ethan Neibch (84) is surrounded by teammates after his touchdown Saturday against  Willowbrook in playoff football.

      Batavia's Ethan Neibch (84) is surrounded by teammates after his touchdown Saturday against Willowbrook in playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Ethan Neibch (84) and William Fitch (8) celebrate a touchdown Saturday against Willowbrook in playoff football.

      Batavia's Ethan Neibch (84) and William Fitch (8) celebrate a touchdown Saturday against Willowbrook in playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Ethan Neibch (84) reels in a touchdown pass Saturday against Willowbrook in playoff football.

      Batavia's Ethan Neibch (84) reels in a touchdown pass Saturday against Willowbrook in playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty (20) is brought down by a host of Batavia players Saturday during playoff football.

      Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty (20) is brought down by a host of Batavia players Saturday during playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty (20) moves upfield against Batavia Saturday during  playoff football.

      Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty (20) moves upfield against Batavia Saturday during playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Trey Urwiler (1) and  Quin Urwiler (34) celebrate a touchdown Saturday against Willowbrook in playoff football.

      Batavia's Trey Urwiler (1) and Quin Urwiler (34) celebrate a touchdown Saturday against Willowbrook in playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Jack Meyers (7) prepares to throw a touchdown to Batavia's Trey Urwiler (1) Saturday against Willowbrook in playoff football.

      Batavia's Jack Meyers (7) prepares to throw a touchdown to Batavia's Trey Urwiler (1) Saturday against Willowbrook in playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Willowbrook's Everett Stubblefield (13) and Batavia's Evan Kopf (37) battle for the ball Saturday during playoff football.

      Willowbrook's Everett Stubblefield (13) and Batavia's Evan Kopf (37) battle for the ball Saturday during playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Jack Meyers (7) Saturday during Willowbrook vs. Batavia playoff football.

      Batavia's Jack Meyers (7) Saturday during Willowbrook vs. Batavia playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Nico Fell (75) tries to run down Willowbrook's Samuel Tumilty (6) Saturday during Willowbrook vs. Batavia playoff football.

      Batavia's Nico Fell (75) tries to run down Willowbrook's Samuel Tumilty (6) Saturday during Willowbrook vs. Batavia playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Brandon Vines (20) and Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty (20) battle for a pass Saturday during playoff football.

      Batavia's Brandon Vines (20) and Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty (20) battle for a pass Saturday during playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Quin Urwiler (34) tries to get a few more yards against Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty, (20) Saturday during playoff football.

      Batavia's Quin Urwiler (34) tries to get a few more yards against Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty, (20) Saturday during playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty (20) pulls in a pass for a touchdown Saturday against Batavia during playoff football.

      Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty (20) pulls in a pass for a touchdown Saturday against Batavia during playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Nick Rempert (9) Willowbrook's Everett Stubblefield (13) Saturday during playoff football.

      Batavia's Nick Rempert (9) Willowbrook's Everett Stubblefield (13) Saturday during playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Quin Urwiler (34) reacts after scoring a touchdown Saturday against  Willowbrook.

      Batavia's Quin Urwiler (34) reacts after scoring a touchdown Saturday against Willowbrook. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Quin Urwiler (34) watches as the ball bounces in the end zone after scoring a touchdown against Willowbrook Saturday during playoff football.

      Batavia's Quin Urwiler (34) watches as the ball bounces in the end zone after scoring a touchdown against Willowbrook Saturday during playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Jackson Williams (23) to tie the game Saturday and force an overtime duel during Willowbrook vs. Batavia playoff football.

      Batavia's Jackson Williams (23) to tie the game Saturday and force an overtime duel during Willowbrook vs. Batavia playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty (20) pulls in a long pass for a touchdown over Batavia's Nick Rempert (9) Saturday against Batavia during playoff football.

      Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty (20) pulls in a long pass for a touchdown over Batavia's Nick Rempert (9) Saturday against Batavia during playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty (20) pulls in a long pass for a touchdown Saturday against Batavia during playoff football.

      Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty (20) pulls in a long pass for a touchdown Saturday against Batavia during playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty (20) slides past Batavia's Brandon Vines (20) into the end zone for a touchdown Saturday during playoff football.

      Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty (20) slides past Batavia's Brandon Vines (20) into the end zone for a touchdown Saturday during playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Michael Jansey (3) dives in for a touchdown in overtime past Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty (20) Saturday during playoff football.

      Batavia's Michael Jansey (3) dives in for a touchdown in overtime past Willowbrook's Scott Tumilty (20) Saturday during playoff football. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 11/11/2018 8:17 AM

Falling behind for the first time during Saturday's Class 7A state football quarterfinal game against Willowbrook with less than a minute remaining, Batavia's season was on the line.

Driving from their own 20 to the Warriors' 7-yard line in 8 frenetic plays, the Bulldogs (12-0) tied it at 27-27 with 10 seconds left in regulation on Jackson Williams' clutch 24-yard field goal.

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From there, senior Michael Jansey rumbled 10 yards for the go-ahead touchdown on the first play of overtime, and the Bulldogs' defense forced a sack and 3 straight incomplete passes during their thrilling 34-27 postseason victory.

"I don't know what happened there but our sideline was never nervous," said Jansey, whose team led 24-7 with 7:54 remaining before Willowbrook stunned the Bulldogs by scoring 3 touchdowns in a 5-minute, 46-second span.

"We did this last year -- we won in overtime (beating Lake Zurich 21-14 in the 7A state title game)," said Jansey. "We did this earlier in the season against St. Charles North (27-24 win on Oct. 12) so all of our seniors already know the feeling of this."

With their 17th consecutive victory, the Bulldogs advance to next weekend's semifinal clash against Nazareth (11-1) in LaGrange Park.

"We're in the semis," said Batavia coach Dennis Piron, whose team advanced to the state semifinals for the fourth time since 2011. "What our coaches and kids have been doing here with football is such an amazing thing to be a part of as a coach."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

For nearly 3 quarters, the Bulldogs controlled the game, taking a 24-7 lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by Quinn Urwiler (21 carries, 101 yards).

However, the previously unbeaten Warriors (11-1) mounted a serious comeback.

Junior quarterback Sam Tumilty (25 of 42, 350 yards) connected with senior receiver Scott Tumilty (7 catches, 115 yards) for 3 touchdown passes -- covering 27, 32 and 34 yards -- the latter coming with 59 seconds remaining.

"Scotty Tumilty is the toughest football player in the state of Illinois," said Willowbrook coach Nick Hildreth. "He's the best playmaker I've ever been around. When we needed a big play to be made, it was him guaranteed -- so it wasn't surprising.

"It's just unfortunate that I don't get to coach him again next week."

Trailing by 3, the Bulldogs began their tying drive at their own 20.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Following a 15-yard pass play from quarterback Jack Meyers (15 of 26, 199 yards) to Trey Urwiler and a roughing the quarterback penalty, Batavia marched to midfield with 49 seconds left.

After the last of Batavia's 8 second-half penalties moved the ball back to the Bulldogs' 45, Meyers hit Ethan Neibch (6 catches, 78 yards) for 14 yards before connecting with Zack Weber on a 28-yard strike to the Warriors' 13 to set up Williams' game-tying field goal.

"We've been fairly resilient like that," said Piron. "These kids have been doing this for a while. They're calm under pressure."

Piron liked his team's chances in the extra session.

"We felt good about our power offense in overtime," said the coach.

Batavia's defense rose to the occasion in overtime, fueled by Ethan Towers' 1st-down sack and 5-yard loss and Jansey's 3rd-down pressure that led to an intentional grounding penalty.

Sophomore cornerback Evan Kopf broke up Sam Tumilty's 4th-and-33 pass attempt to Everett Stubblefield to end the game.

"We didn't execute in some spots and you can't afford to do that against a program like this," said Hildreth, whose team suffered its third straight quarterfinal defeat.

"It takes that much more to get over that hump and past this point. From top to bottom, 7A is the best football in the state of Illinois. You can't make some of the mistakes that we did and win at this level."

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