Batavia beats Livonia in Class B football semifinal

Batavia beats Livonia in Class B football semifinal

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Batavia beats Livonia in Class B football semifinal

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What time is it?

No. 1 seed Batavia and No. 4 seed Livonia didn’t always know during a Section V Class B football semifinal football game at Rhinos Stadium on Saturday.

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It wasn’t their fault: the scoreboard didn’t get turned on until late in the fourth quarter — and even then it didn’t work right.

But the two-time defending sectional champion Blue Devils knew it was time to step things up if they wanted a chance at a three-peat after trailing the Bulldogs 14-8 following a first half.

Batavia did, and made sure Livonia didn’t really need the scoreboard, winning 31-20.

Livonia’s Matt Hyde opened the scoring in the first quarter when he ran up the right side for an 85-yard touchdown.

On the ensuing kickoff, Batavia’s Chandler Baker answered with a 70-yard return for a score, and after a two-point conversion the score was 8-8.

“We start off slow almost every game then we pick it up in the second half,” said Batavia lineman Anthony Ray, the Democrat and Chronicle Class B defensive player of the week. “I honestly don’t know what we do (to change things), we just pick it up.”

The Blue Devils did exactly what they always do and picked things up in the second half on both sides of the ball. Codie Dioguardi’s two-yard run started the offense followed by Ray Leach’s two-point conversion.

Leach chipped in with 72 receiving yards and touchdown catch, and along with Dioguardi combined for 10 tackles. Leach also came up with an interception late in the fourth that all but ended the game.

Batavia’s 23-point second half allowed the Blue Devils to eliminate Livonia from sectionals for a second straight year. The two teams met in last year’s Class B sectional final — a game Batavia dominated 52-20.

“We are tough and that’s what we pride ourselves on,” said coach Brennan Briggs. “We know we’re going to be in it for four quarters … we say, ‘Hey, you know what? We’ve done this before.’ Now this year, these guys know when they’re in a tough game that they can get it done.”

It’s now time to see what Batavia can do against Hornell in the final, 3 p.m. Saturday at Rhinos Stadium.

No. 1 Batavia 31, No. 4 Livonia 20

Livonia

8

6

0

6

20

Batavia

8

0

16

7

31

L: Matt Hyde 85 run (John Smith from Brody Metcalf)

B: Chandler Baker 72 yard kickoff return (Ray Leach run)

L: Metcalf 3 run (run failed)

B: Codie Dioguardi 2 run (Ray Leach from Jerry Reinhart)

B: Ray Leach 23 pass Reinhart (Eric Davis Jr. from Reinhart)

B: Reinhart 6 run (J’Zon Richardson kick)

L: Smith 11 pass Metcalf (end of regulation)

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