St. Charles East rallies late to beat Batavia

  • St. Charles East's Clayton Conn (1) carries the ball against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    St. Charles East's Clayton Conn (1) carries the ball against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Batavia's Josh Costello sacks St. Charles East's Nathan Hayes.

    Batavia's Josh Costello sacks St. Charles East's Nathan Hayes. Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • St. Charles East's head coach Bryce Farquhar talks to an official during a break in play against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    St. Charles East's head coach Bryce Farquhar talks to an official during a break in play against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • St. Charles East's Nathan Hayes (17) looks downfield against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    St. Charles East's Nathan Hayes (17) looks downfield against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • St. Charles East's Logan Light (2) returns a kickoff against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    St. Charles East's Logan Light (2) returns a kickoff against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Batavia's Jack Valente (9) runs after the catch against St. Charles East at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    Batavia's Jack Valente (9) runs after the catch against St. Charles East at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • St. Charles East's Nathan Hayes (17) drops back in the pocket and throws a pass against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    St. Charles East's Nathan Hayes (17) drops back in the pocket and throws a pass against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • St. Charles East's Clayton Conn turns upfield as Batavia's Nicholas Crankshaw tries to make a diving tackle Friday in Batavia.

    St. Charles East's Clayton Conn turns upfield as Batavia's Nicholas Crankshaw tries to make a diving tackle Friday in Batavia. Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Batavia's Kyle Oroni (11) sits in the pocket and looks downfield against St. Charles East at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    Batavia's Kyle Oroni (11) sits in the pocket and looks downfield against St. Charles East at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Batavia's Sam Barus (12) carries the ball against St. Charles East at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    Batavia's Sam Barus (12) carries the ball against St. Charles East at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Batavia's Quinn Urwiler (34) deflects a pass intended for St. Charles East's Matthew Sastre (82) at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    Batavia's Quinn Urwiler (34) deflects a pass intended for St. Charles East's Matthew Sastre (82) at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • St. Charles East's Colton Conn (21) carries the ball against Bataviaat Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    St. Charles East's Colton Conn (21) carries the ball against Bataviaat Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • St. Charles East's Colton Conn (21) is hit by Batavia's Sam Barus (12) at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    St. Charles East's Colton Conn (21) is hit by Batavia's Sam Barus (12) at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • St. Charles East's Jackson Erminio (14) kicks a field goal against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    St. Charles East's Jackson Erminio (14) kicks a field goal against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • St. Charles East's Gino Cerrone (left) catches a pass against Batavia's Jackson Williams at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    St. Charles East's Gino Cerrone (left) catches a pass against Batavia's Jackson Williams at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • St. Charles East's Logan Flesch (51) deflects a pass for an interception against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    St. Charles East's Logan Flesch (51) deflects a pass for an interception against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • St. Charles East's Logan Flesch (51) deflects a pass for an interception against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    St. Charles East's Logan Flesch (51) deflects a pass for an interception against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • St. Charles East's Nathan Hayes (17) throws a pass against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    St. Charles East's Nathan Hayes (17) throws a pass against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • St. Charles East's Clayton Conn (1) celebrates a touchdown catch by Nathan Hull (5) against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    St. Charles East's Clayton Conn (1) celebrates a touchdown catch by Nathan Hull (5) against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • St. Charles East's Colton Conn (21) celebrates his touchdown run with Dylan Barrett (74) at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    St. Charles East's Colton Conn (21) celebrates his touchdown run with Dylan Barrett (74) at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • St. Charles East's Tyler Risberg (77) lifts Nathan Hull (5) in the air he scores his second touchdown of the game against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019

    St. Charles East's Tyler Risberg (77) lifts Nathan Hull (5) in the air he scores his second touchdown of the game against Batavia at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL on Friday, October 11, 2019 Sean King for the Daily Herald

 
 
Updated 10/12/2019 1:56 AM

Lightning struck on a clear night in Batavia.

Trailing the state-ranked Bulldogs by 6 points with under two minutes to play Friday, St. Charles East sophomore quarterback Nathan Hayes connected with senior receiver Nathan Hull on a 64-yard touchdown pass on third-and-10.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Jackson Erminio's extra point gave the Saints a 30-29 lead and that's how a seesaw thriller ended after Batavia fumbled the ensuing kickoff, got the ball back with 32 seconds left and threw 4 incomplete passes.

"We ran a double post with a wheel," Hayes said of the game-winner. "It was the same play as the one before. Our offensive line did a great job."

"We knew it could be open and he threw a great ball to me," Hull said. "I caught it and I just took off with it."

Hayes completed 14 of 28 passes for 211 yards and 3 touchdowns, all to Hull, a 6-foot-3, 160-pound receiver who finished with 6 receptions for 147 yards.

"Hull came back when he had two drops and made a big catch for a touchdown and converted," Saints coach Bryce Farquhar said. "It was great to see a kid who has so much potential be able to do that."

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As for his sophomore signal caller?

"He's playing like the best quarterback in the conference right now," Farquhar said.

The DuKane Conference victory lifts St. Charles East (6-1, 4-1) into a three-way tie for first place with Batavia (5-2, 4-1) and Glenbard North (4-3, 4-1), which defeated St. Charles North 33-14 Friday.

"It's an amazing feeling," said 6-foot-5, 300-pound St. Charles East offensive lineman Dylan Barrett, committed to Wisconsin. "It means so much to us as a team and as a coaching staff. In order to be the best, you've got to beat the best. They are so well coached and they have great players on both sides of the ball, so it was a big win tonight."

The Saints led 10-7 at the half, thanks to Erminio's 47-yard field goal with 1:43 left in the second quarter.

They then built a 23-7 third-quarter lead. Hull made a 33-yard catch that set up his 9-yard scoring reception two plays later. They settled for a 16-7 lead after Erminio's kick hit the right upright.

Junior defensive end Logan Flesch then tipped and intercepted a Batavia pass on the next play from scrimmage and returned it 12 yards to the 10-yard line.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"I just put my hand up to block the pass," Flesch said. "I didn't realize the ball went up like that until I saw it above my head."

That interception helped the Saints win the turnover battle 3-0.

"They played well but we could not have aided their victory more than we did," Batavia coach Dennis Piron said. "And I feel bad for some of the kids involved because they've been the same ones that have done so much for us and have really been the heart and soul of this team."

Cole Conn rushed three times until he scored on a 3-yard run, staking the Saints to a 23-7 lead with 6:14 left in the third quarter.

Momentum flipped like a pancake in the fourth quarter. Batavia scored on three straight possessions.

Quinn Urwiler found the end zone on a 4-yard run and Kyle Oroni threw the conversion pass to Art Taylor to make it 23-15 with 8:57 left.

Oroni found junior Nolan Lewis all alone for a 39-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-8 with 6:50 left. The conversion run failed so the Buldogs still trailed 23-21.

Batavia's defense forced another punt and the offense drove 56 yards in 8 plays, including 6 rushed by Urwiler for 47 yards. Oroni's quarterback sneak gave Batavia it's first lead since the second quarter with 2:37 to play.

Farquhar said he and his coaches allowed the Bulldogs to score on the play "so we could have a few more seconds." Meanwhile, he then rallied Hayes on he sideline.

"Coach brought me aside and said 'If they score, we're going to get a chance to win it,'" Hayes said. "I took it to heart and got the guys going on the sideline and tried to stay warm as best we could. We took the scheme and ran with it and it turned out amazing."

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