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October 11, 2008 - 12:15am

Batavia can't beat passing ER/Gananda

posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, football, sports.

 

Neal Dotterer is one of the most prolific passers in Section 5 history, and he did it to Batavia as the Blue Devils lost for the first time in a month, 34-13.

The East Rochester/Gananda star went 17-of-24 passing for 253 yards and four touchdown passes.

"We just got a few mismatches in the passing game," Batavia coach Dan Geiger said. "We were able to put them in a lot of third-and-longs, but they hurt us on those plays."

 

After the Bombers scored on their opening possession, Batavia fumbled the ball away deep in their own territory.

The defense stepped up and made a stop, but the Blue Devils started that drive at their own 1-yard line.

That was the theme of the night for Batavia's offense.

"We had a long field all night," Geiger said. "We started around the 10 yard line pretty much the entire first half. We stopped them, but we were starting deep."

Anthony D'Aurizio had a big game for Batavia, rushing for 192 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

Defending Class B Offensive Player of the Week Rob Williams only gained 26 yards with a TD on 15 carries before leaving the game with a hip injury in the third quarter. 

ER/G improves to 5-1 while Batavia falls to 3-3.

The Blue Devils did clinch the No. 8 seed in the Section 5 Class B playoffs because Dansville beat Wayland-Cohocton Friday night.

"We are definitely disappointed after a loss like this," Geiger said. "But I'm positive that these guys will get back at it and get going again in the morning."

 

 

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