Unbeaten Batavia blanks Streamwood
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media September 15, 2012 12:14AM
Updated: September 15, 2012 12:49AM
Stopping Batavia running back Anthony Scaccia was already going to be a formidable task for the Streamwood defense Friday night.
Add on the passing accuracy of Micah Coffey to the equation made for what turned out to be a long night for the Sabres.
In the end, the No. 23 Bulldogs remained undefeated with a 33-0 home win. They improved to 4-0 and 2-0 in the Upstate Eight River. The visiting Sabres fell to 1-3, 0-1.
“All of our success is really due to the offensive line,” Coffey said. “We have so many weapons it just makes it easier on me.”
Coffey finished 13-of-19 for 120 yards, including two touchdown passes and one touchdown run. His favorite target was Zachary Strittmatter, who caught six passes for 68 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jason Toth added four catches for 39 yards.
Meanwhile, Scaccia had 10 carries for 90 yards. Lineman Adam Hunger, all 6-4, 250 pounds of him, scored on a 5-yard blast in the first quarter to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead. They made it 21-0 at the half behind on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Strittmatter from Coffey, and a 1-yard Coffey run late in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs’ defense complemented the offense, holding the Sabres to 26 first-half yards and one first down, which they didn’t get until early in the second quarter. Forrest Gilbertson had an interception, while Michael Gates had two of five sacks.
“We still had a punt return called back and a touchdown called back,” Batavia coach Dennis Piron said. “If we want to be a championship-caliber team we can’t do things like that. We really wanted the shutout, we haven’t had one of those in a while.”
Sabres defensive back Blake Holder kept things respectable in the first half when he intercepted a pass deep in Sabres’ territory to thwart another Bulldogs’ scoring drive.
The Bulldogs made it 33-0 after three quarters on a 13-yard touchdown pass to Strittmatter from Coffey and a 1-yard run by Kevin Green. Green’s run was set up by a 49-yard run by Anthony Thielk.