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Bath puts an end to Attica's run

By Brian Hillabush

 Attica's historic trip to the Section 5 Class B semifinals - the second ever for the school - came to a quick and crushing end Sunday night at PAETEC Park as powerhouse Bath controlled the game and won 42-0.

It has been decades since Attica has had a playoff run like this one and a great season ended in heartache, and in a blowout.

The Blue Devil turnovers were a problem, but not as much as the inability to stop the Rams rushing attack. Bath had 248 yards on the ground in the first half and 418 in the game.

Bath started the game off with a great drive deep into Attica territory, but coughed the ball up and Doug Beitz recovered the fumble, giving the Blue Devils a big shot early on.

After Andy Ruddock ripped off a 17-yard run, Attica was forced to punt.

This time, Bath capitalized on a big drive.

The Rams marched down the field and quarterback Jake Kuver scrambled for a 17-yard touchdown.

Attica went three-and-out and Andre McCloud had a 36-yard scamper for Bath, but it was only a 7-0 game after the opening 12 minutes of play. That Rams drive ended up with a turnover again as a fumble was recovered by Luke Pariso.

This time, Attica turned the ball over.

Brandon Rollins was pressured and tried to scramble. When he was hit the ball popped out and Bath recovered at the Attica 27-yard line.

An Attica facemask penalty set up an easy touchdown run for Kuver.

The Blue Devils fumbled the ball away on their first offensive play and Bath scooped it up, allowing Kuver to score his third rushing touchdown of the half from 21-yards out.

Trailing 21-0, the biggest blow came midway through the second quarter.

Ruddock, who carried the ball 37 times in last week's win over East Rochester/Gananda, twisted his knee on a rushing attempt and was knocked out of the game.

With him out, Attica failed to move the ball and had to punt it away.

The Blue Devil defense forced a punt, but then the offense fumbled the ball away yet again. This time, McCloud had a 17-yard touchdown run, making the score 28-0 at intermission.

Rollins was also injured late in the half and missed the second half of the game with a bad hand.

Fullback Cody Hutcheson had two touchdown runs in the second half for Bath and finished the day with 185 yards on 24 carries. McCloud had 119 yards on 17 carries and Kuver had 80 yards on 10 attempts.

Nate Berry wound up leading the Blue Devils (5-4) in rushing with 46 yards on 14 carries, with Ruddock gaining 38 on six attempts before going down.

Bath (8-1) will move on to play Geneva (8-1) in the Class B finals next weekend at PAETEC Park.


Brian Hillabush

Thanks Mike.
It was a great run for Attica and those kids left it all on the field. I hope Andy is okay. He's a good kid and a great player. He was on pace for a great game before getting hurt.
Hopefully the younger kids learn from this experience and can get back next year.

Nov 3, 2008, 7:51am Permalink
Mike Ruddock

Hilly--Thanks for the compliments..We are going for an MRI today on his knee. I will keep you posted on his condition. Thanks again !!!!!!!!!! Is it almost Baseball season yet ??? LOL...

Nov 3, 2008, 8:12am Permalink
Brian Hillabush

Hey now, I've still got Le Roy and Oakfield football. I'm going to enjoy these next few weeks, take a few days to get my head back to reality and then focus on basketball. I really don't need to start thinking about baseball yet :)
Definitely keep me posted on Andy's condition. I could tell he wanted to be in the game so bad. Hopefully it isn't serious.

Nov 3, 2008, 10:28am Permalink
Mike Ruddock

Hilly--we had Andy at the doctor again today to drain fluid. We have another MRI Friday. We think its either a torn Calf Muscle or partially torn ACL and MCL..Its still very swollen so its hard for them to diagnose yet. We should have the results of all tests by Tuesday..Mike

Nov 5, 2008, 3:38pm Permalink

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