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SECTION 5 CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP 2005


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Knights down tough Batavia squad 27-20
LeRoy's Mike Farabella and Batavia's Jermaine Henderson showcase
why they are two of the very best running backs in all of Section V

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Game story by Brian Hillabush - Batavia Daily News Sports
 

BATAVIA- If somebody would have said the Batavia football team would have the ball and a chance to tie Le Roy with just under two minutes left in regulation, that person might have received some funny looks.

But that was exactly the case as the Blue Devils had the ball with 1:53 on the clock at their own 28-yard line. Wideout Dan Kines caught a pass and then fumbled the ball away on a controversial call, giving the Oatkan Knights a 27-20 win in front of an estimated crowd of 3,500 at VanDetta Stadium Friday.

"I had both knees down, but the refs call what they see," Kines said. "I don't think Kines fumbled," Batavia coach Gary Parisi said. "He fell down and tried to reach and the guys saw that. It's a judgment call."

After the ball popped loose, Le Roy linebacker Brady Bonacquisti recovered the fumble. From there the
Oatkan Knights ran out the clock, securing a hard-fought win.

"I saw the guys had him wrapped up and I was going to go myself and try and rip it out," Bonacquisti said.
"Once I saw it I dove and crawled for the last two yards and got on top of it." Both teams learned a lot in the Week 1 battle.

Le Roy's secondary took a beating as Batavia quarterback Adam McMullen went 11-for-16 for 164 yards
and the Oatkan Knights were given a reality check. "I don't think it's a step back," Le Roy quarterback
Mark Bennetti said. "It's a step forward for us. It's a step forward because we know what we need to get
better at."

The Blue Devils learned that they can compete with the big boys after taking the top team in the state for
Class C to the wire. "As you can see, things have changed," Parisi said. "Football is important around here again. Our kids felt important and they got after it. Our motto has been that we are going to step up and hit the monster in the face. That's what the kids did tonight."

Le Roy dominated play in the first half with a defense that held Batavia to just three first downs. Mike
Farabella rushed for 56 yards on 13 carries and the Oatkan Knights had a 14-0 advantage because Bennetti
scored on a three-yard keeper and then threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Craig Tiberio.

 
 
But Batavia jumped right back in the game at the start of the second half. Kines returned the opening kickoff 50 yards to give Batavia a first down at the Le Roy 45. On the third play, Jermaine Henderson - who rushed for 156 yards on 14 carries - rumbled 32 yards for a touchdown. A botched snap wound up turning into a two-point conversion pass from McMullen to J.J. Mazur.

Le Roy then did what they do best, and that's go on a long drive that should have killed momentum. Farabella had 11 carries on a 14 play drive that took seven minutes off the clock and resulted in six points when the senior halfback scored from two yards out. The pass failed and the Oatkan Knights led 20-8.

"Mike's a tough kid," Le Roy coach Brian Moran said. "He's the kind of kid you need. He did a great job
today."

The ensuing Batavia drive started at their own 21-yard line and only took one play. Henderson got outside the tackle and took off for a 79-yard touchdown run. Near the end of the run he had a pretty stutter-step move that faked Tiberio out of his shoes.

"The linemen did a hell of a job," Henderson said. "They opened the hole, I went through it and ran my
hardest toward the end zone." The Batavia defense then stepped up and forced Le Roy into a three-and-out. The Blue Devils ended the third quarter trailing 20-14 and driving down the field. McMullen hooked up with Mazur on a 24-yard pass and Henderson had runs of 18 and seven yards right before the quarter ended.

"In the first half we weren't waiting for the ball to come to us, we attacked," said Farabella, who plays
linebacker on defense. "In the second half we slowed down a little and waited for it to come to us."

Henderson had two straight carries to open the fourth quarter, but took a shot to his head and had to sit
out on the third play. Justin Williams filled in at halfback and fumbled the ball away on his first carry of the season.

Farabella - who finished with 204 yards on 38 carries - had seven straight rushes, including a 40-yard
scamper, and scored from two yards out. Again, the Blue Devils responded and put themselves in a position to tie the game. McMullen went 4-for-5 on the following drive and hooked up with Phil Pettinella on a 30-yard pass, Kines on a 23-yarder and then finally tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Pettinella. The extra point failed and the score was 27-20.

"Their quarterback is pretty good," Moran said. "Not only can he scramble, but he can throw the ball well.
He's a great athlete and he did a great job tonight. We might not see that speed and quickness for a while.
We are lucky to get out of here, but how many 'C' teams are going to have the athletes they had?"

Batavia kicked off with just under five minutes left in the game and the defense needed to make a stop.
Bennetti picked up a first down on a 17-yard run, but then Farabella was stuffed twice and Bennetti
overthrew his receiver on third-and-7, forcing Le Roy to punt. That was when the Kines fumble happened, ending the game.
 
 
Game story by James Johnson - Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Sports
 

BATAVIA - Mike Farabella again showed that he's just the type of running back LeRoy football teams can count on. Farabella began LeRoy's drive back to the state Class C final Friday night with two touchdown runs during a 27-20 non-league win in front of about 3,500 people at Batavia's Van Detta Stadium.

It was a busy night for the LeRoy senior, who carried the ball 38 times for 204 yards. His second 2-yard scoring run midway through the fourth quarter turned out to be the game-winner in the season-opener for both teams.

"I love it," Farabella said. "I'll run it every play if they want me to. We probably wouldn't do as well, but if they need me I'll run it."

Junior quarterback Mark Bennetti ran for a touchdown and threw a 26-yard scoring pass for the Oatkan Knights, who led 14-0 at halftime. LeRoy sophomore linebacker Brady Bonacquisti recovered a fumble that stopped a potential game-winning Batavia drive with 1:42 remaining.

"Batavia was a lot better, bigger and more physical than we thought," said Farabella, who also played linebacker. "In the second half, we slowed down a little, but we got the win."

The Oatkan Knights resembled last season's 12-1 squad that lost to Dobbs Ferry in the state final at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse during the first half. They played stingy defense, cranked up their power running game and threw a pass or two for an exciting changeup.

But Batavia got on track in the second half behind two seniors, running back Jermaine Henderson and quarterback Adam McMullen. Henderson finished with 145 rushing yards, including touchdown runs of 32 and 79 yards, on 15 carries after he was tackled behind the line of scrimmage for most of the first half. McMullen showed the Blue Devils have a passing game, as he went 11 of 16 for 164 yards and a touchdown.

 
 
LeRoy capitalized on a short punt to score on its first possession. Bennetti crossed the goal line on a 3-yard quarterback keeper. He then burned Batavia with his feet and his arm on LeRoy's next set of downs, by rolling left and lofting his touchdown pass to Craig Tiberio.

Batavia cut Le Roy's lead to 14-8 after a 55-yard kickoff return by Dan Kines early in the second half. Henderson broke free for his 32-yard scoring run, which McMullen followed by turning a botched extra-point kick attempt into a 2-point conversion pass to J.J. Mazur.

Le Roy answered the next time it had the ball, with a 14-play, 62-yard drive capped by Farabella's first touchdown run.

"Not only do we trust Mike, we trust that right side of the offensive line," Bennetti said. "He'll get you whatever you need."

Henderson quickly changed the score again on his long touchdown run, but the Blue Devils missed the extra-point attempt. The Blue Devils had a final chance to either tie or go ahead when they had possession with 1:53 remaining. McMullen completed a pass to Kines, but it was ruled that the receiver fumbled as he stretched for extra yardage.
 
 


 

LeRoy Knights Stats courtesy of the accounting firm,
B. Mase Associates LLC


Friday, September 2, 2005 (7:00 PM)
Non-league game at VanDetta Stadium, Batavia NY


LeRoy Oatkan Knights 27, Batavia Blue Devils 20

Score by quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
LeRoy Oatkan Knights 14 0 6 7 27
Batavia Blue Devils 0 0 14 6 20


Scoring Review
1st quarter:
LR - Bennetti 26 yd pass to Tiberio (Swanson kick) 12:00
LR - Bennetti 5 yd run (Swanson kick) 5:31

2nd quarter: No scoring

3rd quarter:
BAT - Henderson 32 yd run (McMullen to Mazur) 10:42
LR - Farabella 2 yd run (Pass failed) 3:28
BAT - Henderson 79 yd run (Kick failed) 3:05

4th quarter:
LR - Farabella 2 yd run (Swanson kick) 7:20
BAT - McMullen 12 yd pass to Pettinella (Kick failed) 4:54


Team statistics
LR
BAT
First downs
17
13
Rushes - yards
51-241
23-153
Passing yards
32
166
Comp - att - int
2-8-0
10-15-0
Return yards
95
69
Punts - average
3-28.7
5-30.4
Fumbles - lost
1-1
2-2
Penalties - yards
0-0
1-14
Time of possession
29:59
18:01


Individual statistics

Rushing:
LeRoy Oatkan Knights - Mike Farabella 38-204, Mark Bennetti 6-29, Tim Andrews 4-5, Justin Casper 1-3

Batavia Blue Devils - Jermaine Henderson 14-156, Justin Williams 2-2, Adam McMullen 5-(minus 2), Gator Goodlove 2-(minus 3)

Passing:
LeRoy Oatkan Knights - Mark Bennetti 2-8-0-32
Batavia Blue Devils - Adam McMullen 10-15-0-166

Receiving:
LeRoy Oatkan Knights - Craig Tiberio 1-26, Colin Dailey 1-6
Batavia Blue Devils - Phil Pettinella 6-92, Dan Kines 2-44, JJ Mazur 1-24, Dan Weaver 1-6

Defense:
LeRoy Oatkan Knights - Tim Andrews - 9 tackles (5 solo),
Kevin Brady - 6, Mike Alexander - 5 & 1.5 SACKS, Alex DiFrancisco - 4, Brady Bonacquisti - 3 & FR, Mike Farabella - 3 & SACK, Justin Casper - 3 & .5 SACK, Colin Dailey - FR

Return Yardage
LeRoy Oatkan Knights - Colin Dailey- 3 kickoffs for 73 yards (23.7 avg) with a long of 35 yards

Game start time: 7:00 PM
Game length: 2:26; Attendance: 4250



Team Summary Statistics
LR
BAT
SCORING 27 20
     Points per game 27.0 20.0
FIRST DOWNS 17 13
     Rushing 16 7
     Passing 1 6
     Penalty 0 0
RUSHING YARDAGE 241 153
     Rushing attempts 51 23
     Average per rush 4.7 6.7
     Average per game 241.0 153.0
     Rushing TDs 3 2
PASSING YARDAGE 32 166
     Completions - attempts 2 - 8 10 - 15
     Average per attempt 4.0 11.1
     Average per completion 16.0 16.6
     Average per game 32.0 166.0
     Passing TDs 1 1
     Interceptions 0 0
TOTAL OFFENSE 273 319
     Total plays 59 38
     Average per play 4.6 8.4
     Average per game 273.0 319.0
KICKOFF RETURNS - YARDS 3 - 71 3 - 69
     Average per attempt 23.7 23.0
     Kickoff return TDs 0 0
PUNT RETURNS - YARDS 2 - 24 0 - 0
     Average per attempt 12.0 0.0
     Punt return TDs 0 0
FUMBLES - FUMBLES LOST 1 - 1 2 - 2
     Fumble recoveries - return yards 2 - 0 1 - 0
     Average per recovery 0.0 0.0
     Fumble recovery TDs 0 0
INTERCEPTIONS 0 0
     Interception return yards 0 0
     Average per interception 0.0 0.0
     Interception return TDs 0 0
PENALTIES - YARDS 0 - 0 1 - 14
     Average per game 0.0 14.0
PUNTS - YARDS 3 - 86 5 - 152
     Average per punt 28.7 30.4
DEFENSIVE SACKS - YARDS 3 - 24 0 - 0
FD GOALS MADE - ATTEMPTED 0 - 0 0 - 0
PAT MADE - ATTEMPTED 3 - 4 1 - 3
     PAT kick made - attempted 3 - 3 0 - 2
     PAT run made - attempted 0 - 0 0 - 0
     PAT pass made - attempted 0 - 1 1 - 1
TIME OF POSSESSION 29:59 18:01
     Average per game 29:59 18:01
THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 53.8 28.6
     Made - attempted 7 - 13 2 - 7
FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 100.0 0.0
     Made - attempted 3 - 3 0 - 0
TURNOVER RATIO +1 -1

 

 



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Linebacker Tim Andrews (28) comes up to make the play on defense

Mike Farabella runs hard up the gut against the Blue Devils defense

QB Mark Bennetti runs in for the Knights first TD of the season

Bennetti finds WR Craig Tiberio in the end zone to push the Knights up 14-0

DT John Whiting and company stop Jermaine Henderson up the middle

Rugged Justin Casper uses his wrestling background to take down Henderson

Sophomore LB Brady Bonacquisti drops the Batavia RB for no gain

Batavia's Dan Kines blazes past the Knights with this 2nd half kickoff return

Jermaine Henderson speeds around the corner to put Batavia on the scoreboard

Farabella rambles around end for some of his 204 rushing yards

Colin Dailey (85) leads the Oatkan Knights kickoff cover team on this play

Henderson bursts through the line and cuts back nicely on this 79 yd TD run

Dailey returns the ball to midfield to earn the Knights good field position

Blue Devil Dan Kines introduces himself to Mr. Dailey on this smackdown

Farabella answers the call for the Knights with this 30 yd gem

Bennetti picks up a critical late game first down on this option play