Batavia rolls past Hononegah

  • Batavia's Sam Barus (12) looks to move the ball upfield Saturday against Hononegah during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia.

      Batavia's Sam Barus (12) looks to move the ball upfield Saturday against Hononegah during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Art Taylor races down the sideline for a touchdown.

      Batavia's Art Taylor races down the sideline for a touchdown. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Josh Costello (99) puts the pressure on Hononegah's Payton Mather (8) Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia.

      Batavia's Josh Costello (99) puts the pressure on Hononegah's Payton Mather (8) Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Trey Urwiler (1) does a little dance after his touchdown Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia.

      Batavia's Trey Urwiler (1) does a little dance after his touchdown Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Trey Urwiler (1) slides past Hononegah's Bryce Goodwine (24) for a touchdown Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia.

      Batavia's Trey Urwiler (1) slides past Hononegah's Bryce Goodwine (24) for a touchdown Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Sam Barus (12) celebrates a touchdown Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia.

      Batavia's Sam Barus (12) celebrates a touchdown Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Art Taylor (28) goes in for a touchdown Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia.

      Batavia's Art Taylor (28) goes in for a touchdown Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Kyle Oroni (11) lets the ball fly Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia.

      Batavia's Kyle Oroni (11) lets the ball fly Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Art Taylor (28) gets a block from Jackson Heeringa (73) as he slides past Hononegah's Will Coleman (51) Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia.

      Batavia's Art Taylor (28) gets a block from Jackson Heeringa (73) as he slides past Hononegah's Will Coleman (51) Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Jack Valente (9) moves upfield past Hononegah's Bryce Goodwine (24) and one of his teammates Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia.

      Batavia's Jack Valente (9) moves upfield past Hononegah's Bryce Goodwine (24) and one of his teammates Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Trey Urwiler (1) zig zags past Hononegah's Sam Whitaker (1) and puts the moves on Hononegah's Bryce Goodwine (24) Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia.

      Batavia's Trey Urwiler (1) zig zags past Hononegah's Sam Whitaker (1) and puts the moves on Hononegah's Bryce Goodwine (24) Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia celebrates after they demolished Hononegah Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia.

      Batavia celebrates after they demolished Hononegah Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Jackson Williams (23) pulls in an interception Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia.

      Batavia's Jackson Williams (23) pulls in an interception Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Art Taylor (28) looks back at Hononegah's Ashton Banker (9) as he scores a touchdown Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia.

      Batavia's Art Taylor (28) looks back at Hononegah's Ashton Banker (9) as he scores a touchdown Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Quinn Urwiler (34) goes up and over a few Hononegah players to get some extra yards Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia.

      Batavia's Quinn Urwiler (34) goes up and over a few Hononegah players to get some extra yards Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
By Jared Birchfield
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 11/9/2019 7:19 PM

Sparked by four first quarter touchdowns, Batavia rolled to a 48-0 Class 7A second round win over Hononegah Saturday.

While the host Bulldogs gained a total of 492 yards -- 361 rushing -- the defense stymied the Indian's offense, limiting them to 113 total yards and intercepting four Payton Mather passes. Hononegah rushed for only 25 yards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Batavia will face Nazareth Academy in next weekend's quarterfinals.

"We are coming together at just the right time," said Batavia coach Dennis Piron. "Honestly, the way we have been practicing, especially the linemen, things have really started to click for us the last couple of weeks. Things have really started to roll."

"Offensively we were trying to make a little more happen receiving," Hononegah coach Brian Zimmerman said. "I think we could of tested more running the ball earlier just to get them off balance."

Batavia crossed the goal line on all four of its first quarter possessions.

Trey Urwiler scored his eighth touchdown of the season to open the Bulldogs' scoring. A 21-yard TD pass from Kyle Oroni ended Batavia's first drive of the game. The junior QB completed 8 of 13 pass attempts for 131 yards. Trey Urwiler caught five for 72 yards.

The Bulldogs capitalized on two Indians miscues for their next two scores. After a Nick Crankshaw interception, Batavia needed only one play, a 67-yard Art Taylor run, to go up 14-0.

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The senior rushed for 213 yards on 19 carries.

"This week in practice we focused on trusting each other," said Taylor. "So once I got the ball, I trusted that my linemen were doing their job so I could do mine."

Recovering a Hononegah (8-3) fumble on the ensuing kick, Batavia ran only two plays to add to its lead. Oroni connected with Sam Barus for a 35-yard TD strike.

Quinn Urwiler ended the first quarter scoring with a 2-yard plunge.

"They did a great job on both sides of the ball. We had some early turnovers that really put us in a bad position," Zimmerman said. "Our defense played on their heels, playing catch up and obviously you can't do that against a team like this."

Batavia (9-2) relied on Jackson Williams' toe for its second quarter scoring. Williams kicked two 23-yard field goals to give the Bulldogs a 34-0 lead at halftime. The first one was set up after another Mather interception.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Another pick, by Barus, led to Batavia's first touchdown of the third quarter. Taylor scored his second TD of the game and 13th of the season on a 22-yard run.

"When we get into the playoffs, not many teams know us, they don't understand the type of physicality that we come with," Barus said about the interceptions. "We like to press our corners up and play tight, physical defense."

"The challenge for our defense was that that we were going against a quarterback who has flung the ball all year," Prion said. "Our front is pretty aggressive, so when you are a quarterback and you have guys in your face, I think it set a quick tone."

Reserve A. J. Sanders completed Batavia's scoring with 4:43 left in the third quarter on a 7-yard run.

Nazareth (11-0), the defending 7A champion, eliminated Batavia from last year's playoffs with a 47-28 semifinal win.

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