The Oatkan Knights moved to 4-0 on the season with a sound victory over
the visiting Bath-Haverling Rams 42-12 at Hartwood Park. The two teams
last met in 2009 when the Rams put a 35-0 shellacking on the Knights
at Hartwood with freshman QB Dan Leonard at the helm for the visitors.
Now in his senior season, Leonard once again led a rugged Bath team
into town. The 2012 Knights exacted revenge for that 09 shutout
loss as the Rams running attack was held to just 24 net yards
on 24 carries, while the rifle-armed Leonard was held in check, as he
connected on just 9 passes in 25 attempts.
As in the Avon contest a week prior, the Knights jumped out to a 14-0
lead in the first quarter. Soph QB Mike McMullen lofted a perfect TD
strike to fellow soph Ryan McQuilllen with just under four minutes left
in the first quarter to score from 48 yards out. The big-play McQuillen
is averaging 32 yards per catch on the season! Dylan Johnson tacked
on the PAT kick, the first of six by him for the evening. Johnson is
a perfect 15-for-15 on PAT kicks for the year.
Less than 2 minutes later, the Rams, forced deep in their territory
by a superb kickoff by Jon Pierce, coughed up the ball on the 4-yard
line that was scooped up by defensive stalwart Marcus Mistersaro for
another LeRoy TD to push the score to 14-0 Knights.
Bath QB Leonard brought the Rams back early in the second quarter with
his arm and running ability. Leonard plunged over the goal line from
five yards out to cut the LeRoy lead to 14-6 at the 8:57 mark of the
The state-ranked Knights (5th in NY Class C poll) answered the call
to push the lead back to two TDs as the offense put together a masterful
drive, culminating with junior RB Peter Priviteras seventh TD
of the season via a 3-yard run. Privitera has rushed for 451 yards through
four games, averaging 113 yards per contest. The score at the half read
Knights 21, Rams 6.
The Knights scored at the 8:27 mark of the third quarter after they
halted a Bath drive early with Jon Pierces interception of a tipped
Leonard pass (Jon has 3 INTs on the year). LeRoy senior fullback Dylan
Johnson plunged over the goal line for the 1-yard TD to push the lead
to 28-6 Knights.
Leonard rebounded nicely with just under 10 minutes remaining in the
fourth quarter as he hooked up with teammate Austin Vasseur on a 46-yard
pass through the LeRoy defense to make in 28-12 Knights.
The potent Knights offense added two scores in the fourth quarter. Senior
Marcus Mistersaro powered past the Rams for a 30-yard run down the sidelines
with just over eight minutes to play. The multi-threat Mistersaro is
averaging just under 11 yards per carry on the season (18 total carries).
Pierce, who is averaging an astounding 12 yards per carry (17 total
carries), tacked on the final TD of the evening as he used his speed
to score from 55 yards out to make the final tally 42-12 Knights.
The Knights outrushed the Rams 290-24 in the game, as they registered
347 yards of offense to the Rams 164. McQuillen led the LeRoy
defense with 8 tackles total, while Johnson and Tommy Kelso had 7 and
6 stops respectively. McQuillen leads the Knights with 6.5 tackles for
lost yardage by the opponent. Offensive coordinator Brian Herdleins
offense, guided by the composed, strong play of QB Mike McMullen, has
outscored the opposition 193-46 on the season. The top tacklers thus
far are Johnson-24, Kelso-23, McQuillen-19, Privitera and Mistersaro-14
each, Chandler Winling-13, Zack Fitzsimmons-11, and Steve Cappotelli-10.
Brandon VanGrol and Fitzsimmons have been monsters in the middle on
the D line, as opponents look to run away from the two, only to find
excellent D ends and LBs waiting for them with swarming tackles.
Up next is an away date with the high-scoring and talented Perry Yellowjackets
on their fast turf field. Perry is state-ranked in Class D and has many
outstanding athletes that have led this rising program to a 3-1 start
in 2012. They are led by the strong arm of elusive QB Cory Dillon who
just last week registered 346 yards passing by HALFTIME in Perrys
50-30 win over Bishop Kearney.