Ray Leach, family reflect on record season that almost never happened
Rochester, N.Y. (13WHAM) - When Ray Leach was stabbed several times in early August, his senior season with the Batavia Blue Devils was in jeopardy.
Police say Leach stabbed several times by a former teammate and classmate. He only missed part of preseason, but came back in time for the regular season.
A season in which Leach would set records, only to break them again.
The Blue Devils faced Glens Falls in the Class 'B' Championship in Syracuse on Saturday, but lost 55-32. Leach, however, scored five touchdowns.
"I just had to believe in my line and keep running the ball hard," Leach said after the game.
That's what Leach did all season, scoring more than 50 touchdowns.
"Coach told me to stay positive, keep working, just came to practice each week and worked hard and believed in my team," Leach said on his stellar senior season.
Leach's mom also thanked his coaches and teammates for support throughout the season.
She told 13WHAM after the game, "I thank God every day that he is here and was able to make his dreams happen."
"He’s just a tough kid, he loves to play football," said Blue Devils coach Brennan Briggs. "He wanted to be out here, so he did whatever it took to be out to be out here."