Urwiler keeps busy in Batavia victory

By Joe Coughlin
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 9/13/2019 11:33 PM

What does a guy gotta do to get a break around here?

After Batavia senior Quinn Urwiler intercepted a pass and returned it 20 yards Friday night, his team needed him on offense. And after he plunged in the end zone for a touchdown, his team needed him again back on defense.


"I was coming to the sidelines (after the interception) and they said, 'Quinn we need you.' I was like, 'I need water,'" Urwiler said with a laugh. "Then I was in the end zone and thinking, 'Now can I get a break?' But we went back out there on defense."

Not to worry, however, Urlier got plenty of rest in the second half as his Bulldogs cruised to a 56-0 DuKane Conference win over Lake Park in Roselle.

Urwiler's rushing touchdown was the first of five first-half scores for Batavia, which was firing on all cylinders most of the evening and improved to 2-1, 1-0.

"We're a really good football team," Bulldogs coach Dennis Piron said, "and to start the season we lost to a good East St. Louis team and we weren't at that speed yet. But we're getting better each week. … And I think (Lake Park) got the best of us today. This was us coming into our own and showing what we could do."

Lake Park, which fell to 1-2, 0-1, could not get much going without tailback Jordan Colon, who was still nursing a shoulder injury suffered in the Lancers' Week 2 win over Matea Valley.

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The Lancers were driving on their first possession when Urwiler snatched the interception. After that drive Lake Park gained just 24 yards total on its nine possessions, which resulted in seven punts and two turnovers.

"With as good a team as (Batavia) is, if you can't run the ball, they know what you're doing," Lancers coach Chris Roll said. "There's not a lot they had to cover. Our kids tried. They are a really good football team. The last thing you want to do with (Batavia) is give them points, and we did."

A pick-six by Batavia's Matthew Weerts made it a two-score game, and then the Bulldogs offense got going.

Dual-threat quarterback Kyle Oroni scored on runs of 35 yards and 1 yard, while pocket quarterback Vincenzo Meschi hit Trey Urwiler -- Quinn's younger brother -- with a 54-yard touchdown pass.

Urwiler caught five balls for 172 yards and two scores, including another 50-plus-yard tally early in the third quarter to start a running clock.

Backup running back Aiden Blasi capped the explosive evening with a 66-yard scamper to give his team more than 500 yards of offense in the 56-0 victory. "This is a fun team to coach; a lot of guys get to contribute," Piron said. "So very, very proud and glad we could get our offense clicking and some points on the board."

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