BATAVIA — Nearly 100 fans in attendance at Van Detta Stadium enjoyed the ‘Terrez Smith Show’ on Friday night, as the Blue Devils senior running back put forth a dominant effort against visiting Burgard.
The matchup between Section V and Section VI opponents was played as ‘no contest’, but at the end of play, the scoreboard read 41-24, Batavia.
“It was nice to get a game tonight,” said Blue Devils head coach Brennan Briggs. “But we didn’t play a quality football game. We fumbled too much, took too many penalties, and overall didn’t put them away as early as we should have.”
In a competitive matchup that was played as if a win was on the line, Batavia jumped out to a 20-6 lead to begin the game. But a late first half touchdown scored by Burgard kept this one interesting going into halftime.
The Bulldogs scored early in the third quarter to open the second half scoring, but then the Blue Devils would go on to score 21 unanswered points over the next several minutes to seal the deal.
“We have a lot to clean up,” added Briggs. “We’ll get back to work tomorrow and correct our mistakes.”
Smith recorded 25 carries which he took for 305 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. Through three games he has recorded 585 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
Junior quarterback Jesse Reinhart also had a big game for Batavia, completing five of 13 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. Senior receiver Alex Hale caught the touchdown pass, and finished with a couple of grabs for 42 yards.
Reinhart also had a nice day defensively, including a pick-six which got called back due to a Blue Devils penalty, and an interception later in the game that served as the clincher for Batavia. Junior linebacker Kaden Marucci led the Batavia resistance with 11 tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery and a pass break up. Junior defensive tackle Austyn Fernandez made four tackles for the Blue Devils, while senior defensive back Tyler Budzinack recorded an interception.
Batavia looks ahead to a Week 4 matchup with Newark.
Stats were not submitted for the Bulldogs.