SUPERHUMAN: Batavia’s Leach scores 8 TDs, rushes for over 400 yards in FWR win over Cheektowaga

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(Photo credit: Alex Brasky | Batavia’s Best)

Alex Brasky | @BataviasBestHS
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | BataviasBest.org

 

If you thought Ray Leach couldn’t get any better after scoring 6 touchdowns and rushing for over 300 yards in Batavia’s Section V Final win over Wayne, you were wrong. As a matter of fact, you were way wrong.

(Photo credit: Alex Brasky | Batavia’s Best)

Leach went for 8 touchdowns and over 400 rushing yards in the Blue Devils’ first-ever win in the NYSPHSAA Class B Far West Regional, as they defeated Section VI representative Cheektowaga by a final score of 56-22.

“Ray Leach was a man-child out here,” said Batavia head coach Brennan Briggs after the win. “There’s no question about it, he’s the (Section V) Player of the Year in everybody’s mind – and should be. He’s a great football player.”

That might be the best way to describe Leach who looked like an absolute grown man playing amongst little children on Saturday night.

“It feels great,” said Leach about how it feels to put forth such an incredible effort. “Every play feels like it’s going to work.”

Here are videos of each of Leach’s scores on Saturday.

Humble with his success, Leach credited his guys up front for clearing the way for him throughout the night.

“The line did great,” he said. “They opened up any hole that I needed.”

It truly was remarkable to watch the Batavia RB against Cheektowaga. As my compadre Mike Rose, who has done a great job with the Batavia in-game updates for the past several seasons, told me after the game: I don’t think I’ll ever see anything like it again.

In addition to his efforts offensively, Leach also led a supreme defensive effort from the Blue Devils with a big safety which served as the proverbial dagger in this one.

“We knew we had to get after the quarterback,” replied Leach when asked about his team’s mindset defensively coming into this game. “He was the voice of their offense. We practiced all week on tackling low on the quarterback, (because) he’s a big kid. That’s all we had to do.”

And boy did they do it.

The Blue Devils’ defense held the Warriors attack to under 290 yards of total offense, as well as forcing the safety and two turnovers (1 FUM, 1 INT). LB Josh Barber, FS Ethan Biscaro, and LB Alex Rood did much of the damage for Batavia on that side of the ball.

“This group is a confident group,” said Briggs about his team. “They really did an excellent job out there tonight and I’m super proud of these guys.”

As I stated before, the Far West Regional game has been a bugaboo for this Batavia Football program, losing in their previous three tries – to Cheektowaga twice, and Dunkirk once. Moving forward, the Blue Devils will appear in the NYSPHSAA Final Four for the first time where they will meet Skaneatles out of Section III – who defeated Chenango Forks in their regional contest. The Lakers won the NYSPHSAA Class C Title in 2017 before moving up in classification this year.

“We just gotta get on the film and make sure we correct our mistakes, we made plenty tonight,” said Briggs to conclude his comments. “We’ll be ready to go (next week) and hopefully will put together a great week of practice.”

The NYSPHSAA Class B Semifinal between Batavia and Skaneatles will be played at Union-Endicott High School this Saturday at 3:00 pm.

 

 

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