Quarterfinals - Perry
Semifinals - Avon
Finals - Cal-Mum


Knights flex muscles in 48-7
win over Batavia
Blue Devils
All-State LeRoyans Don Miller (76) & Joe
Shaughnessy (10) lead LeRoy's stingy defense
and powerful offense into the Sectionals as the
# 1 seed in Class C. The team is vying for the
school's 10th Section 5 football crown.
Recap by Tom Garigen, Batavia Daily News Sports

LeRoy - It was a playoff-like atmosphere in LeRoy Friday night (10-18). A crisp autumn night offered cool temperatures and a steady rain that did little to deter the estimated 4,500 patrons in attendance. The soft, green grass was freshly cut, awaiting a gridiron contest 43 years in the making.

With the brilliant lights shining high above Hartwood Park, the LeRoy Oatkan Knights ran their way to a 48-7 victory over the Batavia Blue Devils. Behind a dominating offensive line, the Knights piled up 402 yards on the ground and churned their way to victory.

"We were pretty pumped up coming into the game," LeRoy lineman Don Miller said. "We knew how important it was to the community and wanted to come out and have some fun."

Batavia started quickly against the Knights' defense. After an illegal block put the Devils in a second-and-21 situation, QB Brennan Briggs connected with Rob Thurston, who made a spectacular juggling catch for a first down. A few plays later, Briggs hit Steve Earl with a screen pass. Earl broke 3 tackles on his way to a 65-yard score.

LeRoy (7-0) responded quickly, moving the ball up the field behind QB Joe Shaughnessy. The drive ended with Shaughnessy sweeping around the left tackle for a 5-yard score. Brendan Fulmer added the first of his 6 extra point kicks to tie the score.

The Knights forced a punt and ground out another scoring drive. Shaughnessy again ended the drive with a one-yard TD plunge to give LeRoy a 21-7 lead. Yet another Shaughnessy run, from 11 yards away, put the Knights up 21-7 at the half.

"Our lines got off the ball very well," LeRoy coach Brian Moran said. "We preached all week about being prepared for the game."

The second half picked up where the first left off. Shaughnessy hit Fulmer on a quick slant for a 16-yard TD to put LeRoy up 28-7 through 3 quarters. The next two Batavia drives resulted in interceptions, with Joe Cosimeno and Fulmer each earning a pick. Joe Caccamise and Cosimeno ended each respective drive with a TD run to put the locals up 42-7.

The Knights capped the scoring when Jeremy Cosimeno burst through the middle of the line in the final quarter and raced 53 yards to paydirt.

The final outcome was a lopsided LeRoy victory, but the game was played with passion and intensity through the final whistle. "There is no quit in this team," Batavia coach Jon Sanfratello said about his squad. "We are 4-3 because of a total team effort, not because of a few kids."

Joe Cosimeno, who ran for 158 yards and a TD on 17 carries, led LeRoy on the ground. Joe Caccamise added 94 yards and a TD and Shaughnessy picked up 66 yards and 3 rushing TDs. The Knights totaled 418 yards of offense on the night. Jeremy and Joe Cosimeno, who accounted for 9 and 6 tackles respectively, spearheaded the LeRoy defense. Don Miller had 6 tackles and Kenny Smith added 5 tackles and 2 sacks.

Batavia was led by Brennan Briggs, who completed 8-of-15 passes for 175 yards and a TD. The Devils could only muster 19 yards on the ground against the rugged LeRoy defense. Tim Haenggi had a huge game for the Devils' defense, garnering 15 tackles and numerous hard hits. Batavia defensive end Joe Buccifero added 11 tackles for the visitors.

The game offered an exciting opportunity for these communities, separated by a few miles, to watch a contest featuring two hard-nosed, aggressive teams. "It was fun," Fulmer said. "We were looking forward to this game all year and the crowd was unbelievable." "It was great to see the support of the fans throughout the game," Shaughnessy said. "Playing against good teams like Batavia helps to build momentum."

Both squads are now looking forward to Sectionals. "This team has high goals for themselves," Moran said about his troops. "We want to play in the Carrier Dome at the end of the year and playing a team like Batavia helps."

"We are still learning as a team," Sanfratello said. "Each week has been a test and we have a few mistakes that we need to fix, but it will work to our advantage."

Joe Cosimeno 17-158 yds, TD
Joe Caccamise 17-94, TD
Joe Shaughnessy 11-66, 3 TDs
Jeremy Cosimeno 1-53, TD
Andrew Fox 3-19
Jake Whiting 1-12

Shaughnessy 1 of 3
for 16 yds & 1 TD

Brendan Fulmer 1-16, TD

Jeremy Cosimeno - 9 tackles
Donny Miller - 6
Joe Cosimeno - 6
Kenny Smith - 5 (3 sacks)

Joe Cosimeno & Fulmer - INT ea.

Total Yardage
LeRoy - 418 yards (402 rush/16 pass)
Batavia - 194 yards (19 rush/175 pass)

Editor Notes - An added treat for those in attendance was the introduction of 50+ LeRoy and Batavia alumni that had played in this monumental series before it was halted back in 1959. To honor these fine players of yesteryear the Knights donned retro-1950's uniforms that were made available by community support headed by Jackie Whiting. The old-style RED & BLACK uniforms were a great touch to a special evening for both young and old.

Congratulations to the Knights as they head into the Class C Sectionals as the #1 seed. Senior QB Joe Shaughnessy will lead a Knights' offense that is averaging an incredible 44 points per game. The numerous yards and TDs the backs and receivers are achieving is the result of outstanding play by the offensive linemen that many times goes unnoticed. The boys up front include LT Ryan Duthe, LG Ian Christainsen, C Jake Syracuse, LG Jason Hodge, LT Donny Miller, and TEs Jake Whiting and Dan Panek. Offensive tackle Ian Whitcroft, injured earlier this season, is off crutches now and may return for play during the championship stretch. Coach Paladino's defense will be most difficult to score on during the upcoming playoffs. To date, the Knights have yielded but 35 points.

An interesting stat to appreciate is that a Shaughnessy-led LR offense never lost to a Class C regular season opponent over the past 3 seasons. The Knights lost a regular season tilt with Hornell (Class B) in the 3rd game of the 2000 season in a driving rain storm without the services of star RB Kyle Miller. LeRoy has not lost a regular season contest to a same size school since (we are talking regular season, not including playoffs). Joe is for sure the only QB in LeRoy football history to ever win 3 consecutive regular season games over Cal-Mum, each by shutout.

Good luck to Coach Jon Sanfratello's Batavia Blue Devils as they prepare to battle in the upcoming Class A sectionals. The Devils have a good number of talented athletes on their squad and injuries have taken their toll this late in the season. Bobby Darch is a top-notch runner, but is still not 100% healthy from an early season ankle injury. The final score of this year's contest is hardly indicative of the Blue Devils' abilities on the gridiron.


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Coach Del Storey lets the team know whose house this is!

The Oatkan Knights take the field in their retro uniforms

Andrew Fox lays the smackdown on kickoff coverage

Joe Shaughnessy ties the game at 7 with a sprint to the left

Joe Cosimeno takes the draw handoff for a big gain

Jake Syracuse & Jeremy Cosimeno defend the BHS option to perfection

The strength of RB Joe Caccamise is evident on this burst

"K-Dog" Kenny Smith & Jeremy Cosimeno team up for a QB sack

Shaughnessy hooks up with Brendan Fulmer on a 16 yd score

Joe Cosimeno follows his top-notch blocking for a 41 yd TD run

Brother Jeremy Cosimeno bursts through the middle for a 53 yd tally

SCORING SUMMARY - Batavia @ LeRoy - Friday, October 18, 2002
1st Quarter      
Steve Earl - 65 yd pass from
Brennan Briggs
Earl kick
Bat 7 LR 0
Joe Shaughnessy - 5 yd run Fulmer kick
LR 7 Bat 7
2nd Quarter
Shaughnessy - 1 yd run Fulmer kick
LR 14 Bat 7
Shaughnessy - 11 yd run Fulmer kick
LR 21 Bat 7
3rd Quarter
Brendan Fulmer - 16 yd pass from
Fulmer kick
LR 28 Bay 7
4th Quarter      
Joe Caccamise - 1 yd run Fulmer kick
LR 35 Bat 7
Joe Cosimeno - 41 yd run Fulmer kick
LR 42 Bat 7
Jeremy Cosimeno - 53 yd run Run failed
LR 48 Bat 7



LeRoy 2002 by the numbers & LeRoy-Batavia football history
Info provided by Terry Dillow - through Game 6


  • Total Offense: 2,179 yards (363/game)
  • Scoring: 261 points (43.5/game) to opponents' 28
  • Rushing: 1,554 yards rushing on 233 carries (6.7 yds/carry) for 21 TDs
  • Passing: 625 yards passing (30 of 51, 59%, 21 yds/catch) for 11 TDs
  • Joe Shaughnessy (Sr. QB) 28 carries, 343 yds & 7 TDs; 25 of 42, 526 yds, 9 TDs
  • Joe Cosimeno (Sr. RB) 38 carries for 297 yds. (7.8 yds/carry), 4 TDs
  • Brendan Fulmer (Sr. WR) 13 receptions for 327 yds and 6 TDs


  • Opponents have averaged 141 yards total offense (74 yds rushing, 67 passing)
  • Jason Hodge (Sr. MLB) 48 tackles, 4 sacks
  • Don Miller (Sr. DL) 46 tackles, 3 sacks
  • Brendan Fulmer (Sr. S) and Shaughnessy (Sr., CB) 3 INTs each; Shaughnessy has 2 INT
    returns for TDs (101 yds and 40 yds)


  • Brendan Fulmer (Sr.) - 26 of 29 PAT (90%); averages 57.5 yards per kickoff; 24 TBs
  • Joe Cosimeno (Sr.) has 3 punt returns for TDs (64 yds, 47 yds, and 56 yds)

LeRoy vs. Batavia - The History

  • This will be the 66th meeting of the two teams. Batavia leads the series 38-25-2.
  • They first met in 1897 when the teams played three times with Batavia victorious in all 3. The LeRoy team nickname then was the Monarchs.
  • The teams played almost every year (often twice a year) until the last meeting in 1959.
  • The teams tied 5-5 in 1910 when touchdowns were worth 5 points (touchdowns were first worth 6 points in 1912).
  • The first Batavia-LeRoy match-up in 1911 was canceled due to a diphtheria epidemic in Batavia. LeRoy canceled the rest of the 1912 season due to sickness of 7 starters.
  • LeRoy's first recorded field goal was kicked against Batavia by Jerome Root in 1919 for a 3-0 LeRoy win.
  • Coach Ed Reifsteck's 1937 team (the first to play under the new lights behind the school) beat Batavia 12-7 to secure the first of three straight undefeated seasons for one of LeRoy's most notable coaches.
  • Before he left to serve in WWII, Coach Edward Walsh (who later coached the famous Jim Brown on Long Island) led his squads to victory over Batavia in 1942 (18-13) and 1943 (27-12).
  • A new concrete stadium opened in Batavia in 1947 and Batavia secured an undefeated season by beating a then 5-1 Leroy squad 34-12.
  • Coach Vernon Babcock's 1949 team suffered their sole loss at the hands of Batavia 25-2. In 1950, Batavia again beat a then undefeated LeRoy squad 13-6. Then after falling 27-20 in a spirited 1952 game, LeRoy came into the final game of the 1953 season against Batavia with a perfect 7-0 record, only to fall 12-6 in Babcock's last coaching appearance for LeRoy.
  • Coach William Bell's 1954 squad beat Batavia 19-6, and the 1955 team won 31-12 in what would turn out to be LeRoy's last victory over Batavia.

BRIAN MORAN (Head Football Coach and AD)
Overall record at LeRoy: 106-33-2
8 Sectional Championships: 1989, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001
3 WNY Championships: 1995, 1996, 1998
2 State Semi-Final Wins: 1995, 1996
1 State Championship: 1995

LeRoy All-Time Win-Loss-Tie Record