Batavia blows out Phillips in season opener

  • Rayshaun Thompson of Phillips carries the ball during a game against Batavia at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

    Rayshaun Thompson of Phillips carries the ball during a game against Batavia at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia's Ryan Whitwell (3) carries the ball during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

    Batavia's Ryan Whitwell (3) carries the ball during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia players march onto the field for the coin toss before their game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

    Batavia players march onto the field for the coin toss before their game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Achilles Dawson of Phillips runs the ball during a game against Batavia at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

    Achilles Dawson of Phillips runs the ball during a game against Batavia at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia's Jack Sadowsky (6) goes after a Phillips player with the ball during a game at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

    Batavia's Jack Sadowsky (6) goes after a Phillips player with the ball during a game at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia quarterback Ryan Boe (21) hands the ball off to Ryan Whitwell (3) during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

    Batavia quarterback Ryan Boe (21) hands the ball off to Ryan Whitwell (3) during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia's Tyler Jansey scores a touchdown during the Bulldogs' 43-6 win over Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday.

    Batavia's Tyler Jansey scores a touchdown during the Bulldogs' 43-6 win over Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia's Drew Gerke runs the ball during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

    Batavia's Drew Gerke runs the ball during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia's Zach Granberg (19) carries the ball during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

    Batavia's Zach Granberg (19) carries the ball during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia quarterback Ryan Boe looks to throw the ball during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

    Batavia quarterback Ryan Boe looks to throw the ball during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia quarterback Ryan Boe is sacked during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

    Batavia quarterback Ryan Boe is sacked during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • The Batavia student section cheers during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

    The Batavia student section cheers during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia's Luke Alwin is tackled holding the ball during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

    Batavia's Luke Alwin is tackled holding the ball during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia's Ryan Whitwell (3) runs the ball during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

    Batavia's Ryan Whitwell (3) runs the ball during a game against Phillips at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

  • Batavia's Frankie Porcaro (74) goes after a Phillips offensive player during a game at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

    Batavia's Frankie Porcaro (74) goes after a Phillips offensive player during a game at Gately Stadium in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Sandy Bressner/sbressner@shawmedia.com

 
 
Updated 8/27/2022 11:08 PM

Ryan Whitwell couldn't be missed on the field due to his electric lime green cleats and gloves he chose to sport.

His overall usage on Batavia's first drive of their eventual 43-6 domination over Phillips on Saturday, though, perhaps makes an even better case as to why he should be kept a close eye on for opposing defenses moving forward.

 

Whitwell was the engine for seven plays of the Bulldogs' 15-play opening drive that ultimately ended in Tyler Jansey's 11-yard touchdown run.

"Last year, I didn't really play much offense [as a linebacker] and I love to play offense," said Whitwell, a senior running back, who ran for 75 yards and a touchdown in his season debut. "It was just really fun going out there with the O-line [and they] did a great job. We were able to keep running the clock ... no one could stop us."

Whitwell, who had a pair of offseason surgeries to correct a bone spur issue, knows the offensive growth needs to continue.

"We can always do everything better," Whitwell said. "Run routes better, just getting our timing. Our timing is still off. It's Week 1. There's going to be mistakes that we're going to have to fix Week 2. I definitely think this can be one of the best offenses in the state."

" ... We got some quick backs, we got the receivers, tight ends. We want to be balanced ‚" Batavia coach Dennis Piron said. "We want to be able to run [or] throw any down, any distance. It makes it very difficult if we can do that. That's what, I think our goal offensively was coming into tonight: do a little bit of both things [and] get our guys all clicking."

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On Phillips' second possession, Batavia defensive lineman Jordan Buckley knifed through to force a safety of Phillips quarterback Joe Winslow Jr. to give the Bulldogs a 9-0 lead.

Though Batavia punted that following possession, Drake Ostrander intercepted Winslow Jr. to set up Whitwell's 2-yard score to establish the three-possession lead with 5:21 left in the first half.

Batavia safety Grant Wardynski intercepted Winslow the next Wildcats drive, which led to a 14-play scoring drive capped by a 7-yard Ryan Boe touchdown pass to Drew Gerke with five seconds left in the half to make it 23-0 Batavia.

The connection between Boe and Gerke appears to be a focal point to be established. Boe had three incompletions to Gerke earlier in their scoring drive, but eventually found him for three receptions to remedy the work in progress.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Boe finished 10-of-18 for 127 passing yards and one passing and rushing touchdown apiece. Gerke had four catches for 42 yards and one touchdown.

Out of the break, Batavia sophomore Jacob Jansey smashed Da'Kwan Phillips on the opening kickoff to jar loose a fumble, which was returned by Kyle Porter for the 29-0 lead. The extra point was missed.

Charlie Whelpley had a 34-yard rushing score and Boe's 2-yard rushing touchdown put the finishing touches on a convincing win.

The Wildcats got their only score with 1:52 left in the game on a Winslow Jr. 37-yard touchdown to Achilles Dawson with the Batavia reserves in.

Winslow Jr. finished 6-of-12 for 110 passing yards. Reginald Fox had 24 rushing yards.

Phillips faces Class 7A powerhouse Mount Carmel next week.

" ... It's Phillips Wildcats: We're going to take the hardest path. We don't know no other way," Wildcats coach Joe Winslow said. "I'm playing Carmel next week. I ain't got time to cry. You lick your wounds tonight, put the Band-Aid on tomorrow [and] you practice hard on Monday. Hopefully, we learn from this."

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