Jacobson: We’re into Week 3 of the season and with it brings the biggest rivalry game in DeKalb County: Sycamore vs. DeKalb. Steve, you’ve been to the annual event hosted at Huskie Stadium. How does the atmosphere compare to a normal high school football game?
Nitz: Well, obviously it’s a different atmosphere. I fully expect the whole east side of the stadium to be basically full. It’s fun watching a game in a college stadium that has a good crowd, and it’s great for the players, coaches and fans.
Of course, Sycamore has owned this rivalry lately. The Barbs haven’t beaten the Spartans since 2007. However, DeKalb has played pretty well at Huskie Stadium the past two years.
Ross, what do the Barbs need to do to finally get a victory over their rivals?
Jacobson: For DeKalb, it starts with big plays. As shown against Hampshire in Week 2, the Barbs have the ability to score quickly. Sophomore running back Dre Brown had touchdown runs of 63 and 79 yards and quarterback Jack Sauter hit receiver Drew Paszotta for a 62-yard touchdown pass.
But the Barbs also will have to limit their turnovers. They were hurt by issues on special teams against the Whip-Purs, and Sauter has thrown three interceptions this season. The junior quarterback is going to have to be better with his decision-making against a Sycamore defense that has been pretty solid.
Does DeKalb need a win tonight to keep alive any chance of making the playoffs?
Nitz: I thought last week’s game against Hampshire was a must-win for the Barbs, so yes, DeKalb has to beat Sycamore. In Week 4, DeKalb gets an Ottawa team that’s 2-0, and the Northern Illinois Big 12 East is a tough conference, so the schedule isn’t getting any easier.
DeKalb, considering the opponent and what’s happened the past couple of weeks, shouldn’t have any problem getting ready for this game. There should be an electric atmosphere at Huskie Stadium.