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Sports

Football: Previewing Batavia's quarterfinal matchup

Batavia wider receiver Jared Martin carries the ball wide in the Bulldogs' 20-17 overtime win in their Class 7A playoff game on Nov. 4.
Batavia wider receiver Jared Martin carries the ball wide in the Bulldogs' 20-17 overtime win in their Class 7A playoff game on Nov. 4.

Class 7A

Batavia at Lincoln-Way West

When: 1 p.m. Nov. 11.

Advancement: Winner plays the winner of Benet/Lincoln-Way Central

What to watch for: Batavia (10-1) went to the wire last week versus Wheaton North. The offense, led by quarterback Riley Cooper, wasn't dominant with a fair share of untimely penalties, but it made the prominent plays when it mattered.. Not to be overlooked, the defense stood tall by creating a turnover and staying disciplined at the line-of-scrimmage – a Batavia hallmark all season long.

Lincoln-Way West (9-2), conversely, had little trouble in beating Alton 42-13 last weekend. Sophomore running back Caleb Marconi paced the Warriors with 123 yards and four rushing touchdowns, including three in the first half. Defensively, the Warriors allowed only nine first downs, 189 total yards and forced three interceptions.

The Bulldogs can control the clock with six different rushers, including Reggie Phillips and Jeremiah Evers; but Quin Urwiler is an underrated option for third down. Lincoln-Way West will likely force Cooper to look elsewhere apart from usual target in Eric Peterson, so Jared Martin and two-way playmaker, Tom Stuttle, could get chances to make an impact early.

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