Week 6 Batavia at ER/Gananda Preview
Batavia (3-2) at East Rochester/Gananda (4-1)
7 p.m. Friday
Batavia has won three straight games and would love to make it four.
But the Blue Devils will have their hands full with ER/Gananda, which is ranked No. 5 in the state in Class B and is currently No. 4 in Section 5 Class B sectional seeding points.
The only reason the Bombers have a loss is because of the mess that happened in Bath during the opening week of the season. ER/Gananda wound up forfeiting the game even though they were ahead when the lights went out.
Check out this thread on Section 5 Talksback about the issue.
The Bombers are led by quarterback Neil Dotterer, who is his school's all-time passing leader with over 4,400 yards. He is third on the all-time Section 5 passing list.
Batavia has several good athletes, but will need them to step up in the secondary as they will probably see several three and four wide receiver sets.
The Blue Devils need to get a pass rush from either the defensive linemen or blitzers.
As far as offense, Batavia will keep running the ball and hopefully keep doing it well.
Rob Williams earned Class B Offensive Player of the Week last week after rushing for 267 yards and returning to kickoffs for touchdowns in a win over Penn Yan.
He now has 70 carries for 878 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season.
His partner in the backfield is Anthony D'Aurizio, who is having himself a big season as well. He has 634 yards and seven touchdowns on 60 carries.
If the running game is slowed then quarterback Joe Canzoneri will have to do some passing.
D'Aurizio is the leading tackler with 52, with Troy Ireland getting 45 so far. Adam Hausfelder has 39 and Todd Logsdon has pitched in 30.
Batavia is eighth in sectional standings right now and will probably need to get a win this week or at home next week against Geneva to guarantee a spot in the sectional playoffs.