Football: Richards rallies past Batavia 31-26
By Mike Clark firstname.lastname@example.org September 6, 2013 11:30PM
Richards' Hasan Muhammad-Rogers looks to pass after shaking Batavia defenders. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 9, 2013 7:37PM
All summer long and into the season, the word out of Richards has been simple.
This is the fastest team in program history.
“We really do have athletes,” quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogers said. “We can get the ball in their hands and they make magic.”
The Bulldogs did that on Friday night, ending Batavia’s 20-game regular-season winning streak in convincing fashion with a 31-26 road victory.
Muhammad-Rogers passed for 258 yards and four touchdowns and Dylan Jiles ran a Batavia fumble back 92 yards for a score, capping an 18-0 Richards run in the third quarter.
“We got some speed and we got some dudes who can play and they showed up,” Richards coach Tony Sheehan said.
“We had some cramping but the next guy went in and made some plays,” Sheehan said.
Batavia quarterback Micah Coffey passed for 226 yards and two scores and also had a 1-yard touchdown run. But he was under pressure all night long and repeatedly knocked down.
“Our guys on the edge, they can get after you,” Sheehan said.
Tied at 13 at the half, the Bulldogs wasted no time in taking control in the third period.
On the first play from scrimmage, Muhammad-Rogers hit Tacari Carpenter with a short pass and the speedy receiver did the rest, sprinting 78 yards down the right side for the go-ahead touchdown.
“He’s electric,” Sheehan said. “He does things with the ball you can’t teach or coach.”
On the Bulldogs’ next possession, Muhammad-Rogers hit Ryan Willett with a 51-yard touchdown pass to make it 25-13 with 6:54 left in the third.
Batavia (1-1) responded by marching into the red zone, but Jiles’ fumble recovery and runback pushed the Richards lead to 31-13 with 2:58 remaining in the quarter.
“They weren’t going to catch him,” Sheehan said.
Batavia scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns on Coffey’s sneak and his 12-yard pass to Mike Moffatt with 17.3 seconds left.
But Rchards recovered the ensuing kickoff and Muhammad-Rogers took a knee to end it.
Muhammad-Rogers also threw scoring passes of 10 yards to Carpenter and 29 yards to Spencer Tears in the first half.
Anthony Scaccia scored twice for Batavia before halftime on a 1-yard run and a 28-yard pass from Coffey.