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Elgin, 10/5/13--Batavia quarterback Micah Coffey is chased by Larkin's Johnny Avila during Saturday's game at Memorial Stadium. | Jeff Krage/For Sun-Times Media
He wasn’t exactly humming “Don’t worry, be happy,” after Saturday’s 46-14 win over Larkin, but Batavia coach Dennis Piron was pleased with the way his team overcame some adversity.
The Bulldogs trailed 14-7 in the second quarter despite dominating the Royals on the stat sheet. Two Micah Coffey red-zone interceptions, one of which was returned 90 yards for a score, were key. So were a bunch of penalties — 10 for 109 in the game — that stopped potential scoring drives.
Did Piron say anything to Coffey after his senior quarterback was picked off in the Larkin end zone by Jeff Pruitt?
“I didn’t have to but if I had it would have been, ‘Don’t lose your swagger. You’re a great player,’ ” Piron said. “He’s harder on himself than we could ever be, that kid. … I believe he’s the best in our conference, the best anywhere in Illinois.
“There’s a tremendous amount of pressure to play that position, especially with the schemes that we run and all that we ask him to do. Things will happen, mistakes happen. A play will go awry and you’ll throw a ball you’ll wish you didn’t. There was nothing to say. We weren’t really worried about it.”
In the final 18 seconds of the half, Coffey showed why his coach has such faith.
Sixty-two yards from the Larkin end zone, he ran a quarterback draw for 17, used his last timeout, then hooked up with wide receiver Michael Moffatt on a post route for a 45-yard scoring pass as time expired.
“We have guys who can make plays,” Piron said. “Micah did a great job on the draw, Moffatt had a perfectly run route and then Micah had great protection on the pass, I mean, he had 10 days to throw the ball and it was a great ball, strike over the (defenders’) heads.
“That was a huge play in the overall scheme of things.’’
Eagles look for Plan B
Aurora Christian quarterback Austin Bray, who could miss up to a month or more with a shoulder separation suffered in the third quarter Friday against Marmion, wasn’t 100 percent going into the game.
“He had an AC (shoulder) joint injury in the St. Francis game and was limited in practice all week,” coach Don Beebe said. “We thought he could go, he wanted to go, but I almost pulled him out at halftime (with the Eagles trailing 28-6).
“I was going back and forth but we didn’t and then we started coming back.”
The AC joint is where the collarbone (clavicle) meets the shoulder blade (scapula) at a part of the scapula called the acromonion.
Beebe wasn’t sure what he will do for this week’s game at Immaculate Conception.
Freshman Ben Weerts saw a few plays backing up Bray on Friday but probably isn’t ready to play full-time.
Beebe did use senior Brandon Walgren in a Wildcat formation early in the second half before Bray was injured and had success with it, including a 41-yard run.
The Red Ramblers led 16-0 at halftime Saturday in their Homecoming game against Alden-Hebron, but the Green Giants scored 23 unanswered points in the second half to take the win.
Senior Brandon Gadson had a 69-yard fumble recovery and return for a score and Joe Feemorlu had a 66-yard touchdown run to account for Mooseheart’s points.
Coach Gary Urwiler’s team, which fell to 4-2 overall and 4-2 in the Northeastern Athletic Conference, travels to league leader and defending champ Ottawa Marquette on Friday.