SECTION 5 CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP 2015
Quarterfinals - Attica
Semifinals - Bath-Haverling

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Oatkan Knights top 3rd seed Attica
in Section 5 Class C quarters 20-19


The Knights come from behind to upend a very good Attica team on the road.
Nick Egeling rushes for 117 yards on 17 carries and a TD while Nate Flint dashes
in for a 19-yard TD to tie the game late in the third quarter. Mary Purdy trots on
to the field and calmly splits the uprights with the PAT kick which would prove the
difference in the 20-19 LeRoy win. Josh Laurie is 7 of 12 for 118 yards and a TD pass
and comes up huge with an interception in the late going to seal the win. Ben Piazza
and Anthony Natrigo each snag 9 tackles while Reed Kacur adds 8 stops to go along
side his outstanding 60-yard catch and run TD from QB Laurie.

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Game recap - Nate Rider - Batavia Daily News Sports

ATTICA - For the first 15 minutes of Friday night's Section V Class C quarterfinal game it didn't appear that visiting No. 6 Le Roy would have any answer for big Alex Piechocki and No. 3 Attica's powerful running attack. The Blue Devils gashed the Oatkan Knights with ease on their first three drives as Le Roy spotted Attica a pair of early 13-point leads. But when they had to, the Oatkan Knights defense made the big plays and kept their chances alive to repeat as Class C champions, while it became another season of what could have been for the Blue Devils.

The Le Roy defense held Attica to just 82 total yards in the second half and held the Blue Devils scoreless over the final 32 minutes and 44 seconds of the game, while Nate Flint capped off a methodical drive late in the third quarter to give the Oatkan Knights the lead for good and the defense did the rest in a 20-19 victory.

"I told these guys that they have to start believing in themselves," said Le Roy head coach Brian Herdlein. "I don't think they do at times and I don't think they realize how good they can be. And they are, they are a good football team and they just have to realize that."

Attica ran up over 200 yards of offense in the first half - 125 on the ground from Piechocki - and held the ball for over 14 minutes, but after a solid opening drive in the third quarter that failed to net points, the Blue Devils offense stalled the rest of the way.

"They came out rolling in the beginning and I really didn't know what was going on," said Le Roy quarterback Josh Laurie. "We weren't even excited. Finally at the end we got rolling and we kept going."

For Attica, this is its third consecutive first-round, home sectional loss after a solid regular season.

Nick Egeling ran for 117 tough yards on 17 carries, but it was Flint - little used out of the backfield in recent weeks after a switch to wide receiver and only in at fullback because of an injury to Dom Filio - who capped an 11-play, 92-yard play with a 19-yard run up the middle with 36.2 seconds left in the third quarter that put the Oatkan Knights up by the deciding point after the Mary Purdy extra point.

"It was just a dive and we had to take Dom Filio out of the game because of an ankle injury and my thought was that Nate is small enough and quick enough that maybe he could shoot one through there and that's exactly what happened," said Herdlein.

Attica had taken the ball on the opening kickoff inside the Le Roy 5-yard line, but a bad snap put the Blue Devils at fourth-and-goal from the 18. Following a questionable roughing-the-passer penalty on fourth down, the Blue Devils got to the Oatkan Knights' 4 but weren't able to punch it in, thanks to a pass break-up in the endzone on fourth down by Gavin Luckey.

Piechocki finished the night with 198 yards and three touchdowns on just 27 carries and early on the big running back had his way with the Le Roy defense.

Piechocki finished off an eight-play, 51-yard drive in the first quarter after a Le Roy three-and-out with a one-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0.

Following another three-and-out from the Oatkan Knights, the Blue Devils again took over and this time needed to go just 40 yards and went up 13-0 on a Piechocki one-yard touchdown run with just less than three minutes left in the first quarter. The kick was wide right.

But Le Roy then began to show signs of life.

After a Laurie to Ryan Boyce 11-yard pass on third down allowed the Oatkan Knights to escape another punt, Egeling burst up the middle and outran the Attica defense for a 41-yard yard score to make it 13-6 at the end of the first quarter after the kick was blocked.

But, again, the Attica ground game took over.

This time led by Nick Shadbolt, the Blue Devils marched right back and went 53 yards on just seven plays and took what seemed to be a commanding 19-6 lead after Piechocki's third touchdown of the night, this one from eight yards out.

This time it was Le Roy's turn to fight back and on a second-and-nine Laurie found tight end Reed Kacur open over the middle for a huge, 60-yard touchdown that made it 19-13 with 7:19 left in the first half.

Le Roy had a chance to take the lead later in the second quarter after Laurie recovered a fumble, but he was then intercepted in the endzone by Damian Marchetti to end the drive.

"I told the guys at halftime that we just needed to execute what we worked on all week," said Herdlein.

Following the Oatkan Knights' defensive stand in the third quarter, Le Roy's game-deciding drive was aided by a Laurie 11-yard pass to Kacur on a third down on a play that appeared to be going nowhere.

"The ball was snapped over his head, it was not a pass play to begin with," said Herdlein. "But he rolled out of there, he escaped pressure and he hit Reed Kacur for the first down. That was a huge play."

After Le Roy had taken the lead, it appeared the Oatkan Knights would be able to take firm control of the game after they forced an Attica punt; but the punt would hit an unknowing Flint in the back and the Blue Devils would recover at the Le Roy 44.

But Laurie would come up big yet again.

With Attica at the Le Roy 14, Laurie would step in front of a Marchetti pass on a second-and-seven intended for Levi Snyder and intercept the Blue Devils' quarterback at the five-yard line to quell Attica's last scoring chance.

"I told him when he threw his (interception) that you have to look him off and as a quarterback that is exactly what he should have been doing," said Herdlein of Laurie. "He sat back there at safety, he read the quarterback and he made a great play."

"I just read the quarterback's eyes and I knew he was going that way," added Laurie.

The Blue Devils would get the ball one more time with 3:44 remaining, but the Oatkan Knights came up with consecutive sacks of Marchetti, the second by Kacur on fourth down, to seal the game.

"It was another case of just executing what we worked on," said Herdlein of the defense. "I thought our d-line actually played pretty well, but our linebackers weren't flowing like they should and we talked about it, they started executing and it makes a big difference."

Laurie finished the night 7-of-12 for 118 yards and the touchdown, while Flint rushed for 29 yards on five carries for Le Roy. Ben Piazza had nine tackles to pace the Oatkan Knights' defense, while Kacur (two for a loss) and Anthony Natrigo
had 9 and 8 stops respectively.
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Marchetti ran for 36 yards on 14 carries - just two yards on seven totes in the second half - and finished just 3-of-10 for 35 yards and the interception through the air. Shadbolt had seven carries for 31 yards in the loss for Attica (6-2).

Le Roy (5-3) will likely get a rematch with No. 2 Bath next week in the semifinals; the Rams host No. 7 Letchworth/Warsaw today.

"I'm very happy. I don't want to stop playing football yet and I don't think anybody on our team does," said Laurie.

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Game action photos courtesy of David Boyce
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LeRoy Knights Stats courtesy of the accounting firm,
B. Mase Associates LLC


Friday, October 23, 2015 (07:00 PM)
Playoff game at Attica, New York
Section V Class C Quarterfinal

LeRoy Oatkan Knights 20, Attica Blue Devils 19

Score by quarter

1

2

3

4

Total

LeRoy Oatkan Knights

6

7

7

0

20

Attica Blue Devils

13

6

0

0

19

 

Scoring summary

Qtr

Time

Scoring play

LR

Att

Attica

1

7:05

#32 Alex Piechocki 1 yd run (#4 Damian Marchetti kick)

0

7

Attica

1

2:53

#32 Alex Piechocki 1 yd run (kick failed)

0

13

LeRoy

1

0:02

#30 Nick Egeling 41 yd run (kick blocked)

6

13

Attica

2

8:44

#32 Alex Piechocki 8 yd run (kick blocked)

6

19

LeRoy

2

7:19

#5 Josh Laurie 60 yd pass to #24 Reed Kacur (#15 Mary Purdy kick)

13

19

LeRoy

3

0:36

#22 Nate Flint 19 yd run (#15 Mary Purdy kick)

20

19

 

Team stats

LeRoy

Attica

First downs

14

16

Rushing yardage

166

259

Pass completions - attempts

7-12

3-10

Passing yardage

118

35

Pass touchdowns - interceptions

1-1

0-1

Total plays

44

61

Total offense

284

294

Fumbles - lost

3-1

1-1

Penalties - yards

3-32

2-15

Defensive sacks - yards lost

1-1

0-0

Time of possession

22:12

25:48

3rd down efficiency

4 for 9

3 for 10

4th down efficiency

0 for 0

1 for 4

Punts - average

3-29.0

1-25.0

 

LeRoy

Rushing

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#30 Nick Egeling

17

117

6.9

41

1

#22 Nate Flint

5

29

5.8

19

1

#5 Josh Laurie

7

20

2.9

9

0

#21 Dominic Filio

1

0

0.0

0

0

Total:

32

166

5.2

41

2

 

Attica

Rushing

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#32 Alex Piechocki

27

198

7.3

43

3

#4 Damian Marchetti

14

36

2.6

18

0

#44 Nick Shadbolt

7

31

4.4

17

0

#26 Kyle Zawadski

2

10

5.0

7

0

Total:

51

259

5.1

43

3

 

Passing

Name

Cmp

Att

Yds

TD

Int

#5 Josh Laurie

7

12

118

1

1

 

Passing

Name

Cmp

Att

Yds

TD

Int

#4 Damian Marchetti

3

10

35

0

1

 

Receiving

Name

Rec

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#24 Reed Kacur

3

81

27.0

60

1

#1 Ryan Boyce

2

19

9.5

12

0

#22 Nate Flint

2

18

9.0

11

0

Total:

7

118

16.9

60

1

 

Receiving

Name

Rec

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#3 Levi Snyder

1

22

22.0

22

0

#32 Alex Piechocki

1

7

7.0

7

0

#1 Kyle Casey

1

6

6.0

6

0

Total:

3

35

11.7

22

0

 

Fumbles

Name

Fum

FL

FR

Yds

#5 Josh Laurie

1

0

1

0

#22 Nate Flint

1

1

0

0

#30 Nick Egeling

1

0

0

0

Total:

3

1

3

0

 

Fumbles

Name

Fum

FL

FR

Yds

#4 Damian Marchetti

1

1

0

0

#1 Kyle Casey

0

0

1

0

Total:

1

1

1

0

 

Kicking

Name

FG

FGA

Lng

XP

Pts

#15 Mary Purdy

0

0

0

2

2

 

Kicking

Name

FG

FGA

Lng

XP

Pts

#4 Damian Marchetti

0

0

0

1

1

 

Punting

Name

Num

Yds

Avg

Lng

I20

#54 David Privatera

3

87

29.0

31

0

 

Punting

Name

Num

Yds

Avg

Lng

I20

#32 Alex Piechocki

1

25

25.0

25

0

 

Kickoffs

Name

Num

Yds

Avg

Lng

#16 Reece Tresco

4

120

30.0

45

 

Kickoffs

Name

Num

Yds

Avg

Lng

#4 Damian Marchetti

4

160

40.0

44

 

Kickoff returns

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#22 Nate Flint

3

43

14.3

19

0

 

Kickoff returns

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#4 Damian Marchetti

1

32

32.0

32

0

 

Punt returns

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#22 Nate Flint

1

0

0.0

0

0

 

Punt returns

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#4 Damian Marchetti

3

25

8.3

20

0

 

Defense

Name

Tkl

Ast

Sac

TFL

Int

#43 Ben Piazza

9

1

0.0

1.0

0

#71 Anthony Natrigo

9

2

0.5

0.5

0

#24 Reed Kacur

8

3

0.0

2.0

0

#75 Luke Hogle

6

3

0.5

0.5

0

#30 Nick Egeling

6

2

0.0

0.0

0

#67 Dave Englerth

5

1

0.0

0.0

0

#22 Nate Flint

5

1

0.0

1.0

0

#16 Reece Tresco

4

1

0.0

0.0

0

#5 Josh Laurie

3

0

0.0

2.0

1

#20 Gavin Luckey

3

1

0.0

0.0

0

#23 Justin Green

2

1

0.0

0.0

0

#65 Justin DiFalco

1

0

0.0

0.0

0

#17 Gaven Cassidy

1

0

0.0

0.0

0

Total:

62

16

1.0

7.0

1

 

Defense

Name

Tkl

Ast

Sac

TFL

Int

#26 Kyle Zawadski

10

5

0.0

1.0

0

#32 Alex Piechocki

6

3

0.0

0.0

0

#77 Austin Bremiller

5

3

0.0

0.0

0

#30 Gabe Noonan

4

1

0.0

0.0

0

#61 Brad Lilac

4

0

0.0

0.0

0

#3 Levi Snyder

4

0

0.0

0.0

0

#25 Dylan Walker

3

0

0.0

0.0

0

#85 Matt Friedhaber

2

1

0.0

0.0

0

#52 Clayton Thompson

2

0

0.0

1.0

0

#44 Nick Shadbolt

2

0

0.0

0.0

0

#17 Cody D'Arconte

1

1

0.0

0.0

0

#1 Kyle Casey

1

0

0.0

0.0

0

#4 Damian Marchetti

1

0

0.0

0.0

1

Total:

45

14

0.0

2.0

1