Football: Bulldogs feast on turnovers, advance to semisBy JACOB BARTELSON - email@example.comNov. 12, 2017 Stuttle, Golden have three INTs each as Batavia rallies past Lincoln-Way West NEW LENOX – Thanksgiving feast may have come a few weeks early for the Batavia secondary – in the form of turnovers. [Sean King for Shaw Media]Batavia stormed back from an early 10-point deficit at Lincoln-Way West with an aggressive secondary, which forced eight Warrior turnovers (six interceptions, two fumbles). Coupled with a confident offense engineered by quarterback Riley Cooper the Bulldogs rallied for a 20-10 win in the Class 7A quarterfinal. Batavia (11-1) moves on to play at Benet, 14-10 winner over Lincoln-Way Central. Benet is in the semifinals for the second straight season. [Sean King for Shaw Media]The Warriors (9-3) got out to an early 10-0 lead in their first two possessions, but the scoring surge came to a screeching halt. Tom Stuttle and fellow Batavia defensive back John Golden had three picks apiece, but Stuttle – in his first first three-interception game – was quick to credit the defensive line pressuring Warriors quarterback Anthony Senerchia all afternoon. [Sean King for Shaw Media]"[Golden] and I both have pretty good hands," Stuttle said. "We were just able to go up and get the ball." Senerchia finished 19-of-36 for 192 yards, while Cooper completed 10-of-25 attempts for 162 yards and three touchdowns. Cooper briefly left the game due to an apparent injury following a Warriors sack in the third quarter, but returned after a one-play absence. [Sean King for Shaw Media]"It really wasn't just [Batavia's] defense. It was us and we stopped ourselves, that's all that happened. [We] stopped ourselves," Senerchia said. On the games's second play from scrimmage, Warriors running back Caleb Marconi (15 rushes,133 yards) bulldozed for a 76-yard scoring scamper to give Lincoln-Way West the early 7-0 advantage. Marconi had 126 rushing yards in the first half, but just seven the rest of the way due to an injury in the second half. [Sean King for Shaw Media]Batavia's defense rose up from there, forcing a Senerchia interception with the Warriors driving to open the second quarter. Cooper finally got Batavia on the board just before halftime with a 59-yard touchdown to wideout Eric Peterson, evading some pressure and slinging it to Peterson on a dig route. Missed tackles by the Warriors allowed the score, where it remained 10-7 going into the half. [Sean King for Shaw Media]"We've done that a lot this year. We've scored late in halves and hit big plays," Batavia coach Dennis Piron said. "Petey's a special football player. Cooper's got a thing getting him the ball and finding him in space." Then, the wheels came off for the Warriors. [Sean King for Shaw Media]On their first possession of the second half, Marconi lost a fumble on a reverse. Batavia quickly cashed in with a three-play drive that ended with Cooper evading pressure to find Stuttle for a 32-yard score, putting the Bulldogs ahead 14-10. A botched snap two Warrior possessions later was recovered by Batavia linebacker Quin Urwiler. It set up a second Cooper-to-Peterson scoring connection, this time from seven yards, to extend Batavia's lead to 20-10 with 1:30 left in the third quarter. [Sean King for Shaw Media]The Warriors had five possessions in the fourth quarter, and each finished with a Senerchia interception – sinking any chance of a serious comeback. Lincoln-Way West coach David Ernst noted Batavia made adjustments in the secondary, bringing down the safeties closer to the box, which made it difficult to take advantage of the first half rushing success throughout the game. Conversely, it forced Senerchia to go through the air, and he had a hard time connecting with his receivers for the majority of the afternoon. [Sean King for Shaw Media]"I would invite any one of them into my house," Ernst said on his senior class. "They're just a great group of kids. They set the tone for the whole season. That's one of the hardest groups I've ever been around...this is a tough day. It's going to be a long time before I get over this."