Saturday, October 16, 1999

Batavia 10, New Richmond 7


Bulldogs off to 8-0 start

BY CAREY HOFFMAN
Enquirer contributor

        A 35-yard field-goal attempt by New Richmond's Ray Seng came up less than 5 feet short of the crossbar on the final play of the game, ending a dramatic final two minutes and preserving Batavia's 10-7 victory and undefeated status Friday night.

        Batavia took the lead with 39 seconds left in the game on a 37-yard field goal by Brian Hennessey, a soccer player who began kicking for the football team only five weeks ago.

        “I was just straight nervous,” said Hennessey, who had kicked an extra point in the final minute to beat Hillsboro two weeks ago but missed a 39-yard field goal in the first half Friday night. “I was just thinking keep my head down and punch it through the upright. It felt solid.”

        “I told the kids to get a good snap and hold and Hennessey will get it through, no problem,” said Batavia coach Jamie Corrill, who has led his team to the first 8-0 start in school history. “He kicked that extra point to win against Hillsboro.”

        Batavia is now 4-0 in the Southern Buckeye Conference and helped its playoff chances considerably with the victory. New Richmond is 6-2 and 3-1 in the SBC.

        New Richmond gained momentum thanks to an offensive line that seemed to get stronger as the game went on. The Lions tied the game at 7-7 with a 70-yard drive on their first possession of the second half, capped by John McMonigle's 8-yard TD run.

        Twice more, New Richmond drove deep into Batavia territory in the fourth quarter, but turned it over on downs with 8:59 to play and then lost a fumble on a hit by Batavia's Tim Clepper at the Bulldog 16-yard line with 4:29 to play.

        “I thought the key play was probably when we fumbled there as we're getting ready to go in,” said New Richmond coach Ron Bird. “Then they came back downfield.”

        Both teams exchanged interceptions at the New Richmond end of the field in the final three minutes, with Batavia's Brian Clark getting the pick with 1:57 to play that set up Hennessey's game-winning field goal.

        New Richmond got the ball at midfield after Hennessey's field goal thanks to a return from Matt Godsey. The Lions drove to the New Richmond 18 with four seconds left to get the final field-goal chance.

        “He can kick that,” Bird said of Seng. “That's not a hopeless thing; he's kicked those in practice before.”

        “I was coming up the middle and trying for the block,” said Batavia star linebacker and running back Chad Kelley. “I nearly got a piece of it, but when it went over, I thought it was going in. I thought we were going to overtime.”

        Batavia scored the first half's only points on a 7-yard TD run by fullback Brandon Faubion, culminating a 14-play, 85-yard drive.

        Batavia gained 205 yards in the first half but missed on a couple of other scoring opportunities in the second quarter on a field goal that was wide and a fourth-down conversion that came up short by a yard in the final minute of the half.

        Kelley had eight carries for 64 yards at the half. Kent completed 8-of-18 passes for 81 yards and an interception in the first half.

        Batavia now looks to be in solid shape for the playoffs.

        “We're going to go get ready for CNE next week,” Corrill said. “We can't let down and won't take them lightly. But I think this solidifies a place in the playoffs as long as we take care of business.”

        “This was one of the greatest moments of my life,” Kelley said. “It was just an awesome night.”

        New Richmond ....... 0  0  7  0— 7

        Batavia ....... 0  7  0  3-10

        B—Faubion 7 run (Hennessey kick)

        NR—McMonigle 8 run (Seng kick)

        B—Hennessey 37 FG

        Records: NR 6-2 (3-1 SBC), B 8-0 (4-0 SBC).



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Aiken 26, Woodward 20
Anderson 42, Amelia 18
Badin 28, McNicholas 13
- Batavia 10, New Richmond 7
Beechwood 50, Holy Cross 14
Bellevue 28, Ludlow 6
Brookville 24, Middletown Madison 17
Bryan Station 41, Boone County 28
Chaminade-Julienne 42, Ontario St. Thomas Aquinas 6
CHCA 54, Landmark Christian 0
Cincinnati Country Day 50, Lockland 21
Colerain 42, Hamilton 21
Covington Catholic 24, Holmes 7
Fairfield 28, Princeton 7
Finneytown 21, Mariemont 14
Goshen 35, Norwood 28
Grant County 47, Montgomery County 27
Henry Clay 49, Campbell County 7
Highlands 24, Dixie Heights 6
Hillsboro 22, Bethel-Tate 7
Hughes 6, Withrow 0
Indian Hill 27, Deer Park 3
Indianapolis Cathedral Prep 34, LaSalle 24
Kings 42, Wilmington 7
Lakota West 38, Sycamore 34
Lebanon 49, Ross 21
Lima Senior 35, Lakota East 32
Little Miami 13, Loveland 7
Madeira 28, Taylor 0
Mason 35, Harrison 0
Middletown 14, Milford 7
Moeller 19, Franklin Co. 18
Newport 32, Lloyd 0
Newport Catholic 22, Dayton 0
North College Hill 44, New Miami 6
Northwest 19, Glen Este 14
Oak Hills 22, East Central 16
Purcell Marian 20, Roger Bacon 17
Ryle 35, Scott County 20
St. Xavier 30, Elder 13
Turpin 35, Winton Woods 0
Walnut Hills 46, Mount Healthy 8
Western Brown 42, Summit Country Day 37
Western Hills 44, Taft 0
Williamsburg 37, Clermont Northeastern 6
Wyoming 42, Reading 3