As we close out the 2019 season at Friday Night Drive, we're counting down the top 10 games of the year.
Games were nominated by our staff and voted on by our editors. Without further ado, No. 9 in our list of the top 10 games of 2019: St. Charles East's fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Batavia.
Less than two minutes to go.
Nathan Hayes had this covered.
The St. Charles East quarterback delivered a dramatic come-from-behind fourth-quarter strike for 66 yards to Nathan Hull on a short cross. Hull sprinted to the end zone, giving St. Charles East the eventual 30-29 victory that gave Batavia its first DuKane Conference loss in more than two years.
"It was actually the exact same play as the previous one," Hayes said of the game-winning play. "We saw it open. I told my offensive line: 'If you give me time [I'll deliver]', and they did. They stepped up."
Hull, who finished with 146 receiving yards on six catches, deflected praise for the play.
"It wasn't really me, it was just the whole team," Hull said. "In the whole game, too. I was in the route, it was in the air, I caught it and I ran with it."
St. Charles East's defense held, forcing four incompletions on Batavia's final drive to secure the win, and a playoff berth.
"Our kids really stayed composed there on that last drive," St. Charles East coach Bryce Farquhar said.
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