DeKALB – Huskie Stadium brings out the best in Sycamore receiver Ben Niemann.
So does playing against DeKalb.
In a 49-30 Sycamore win Friday, the junior tallied 133 receiving yards, caught two touchdowns and added an interception, after registering three touchdowns and 110 yards last season.
This year, all of his seven catches came in the first half, before the game was out of hand.
On each of the first three drives of the game, the Spartans and the Barbs elected not to kick on fourth down.
The Spartans converted twice, and DeKalb didn’t.
With just less eight minutes left in the first quarter, Devin Mottet found Niemann for a 14-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-6.
DeKalb drove the ball into Sycamore territory, but a fourth-and-10 pass from quarterback Jack Sauter fell incomplete.
On the next drive, Sycamore quarterback Devin Mottet scored on a two-yard run after the Spartans converted on fourth down earlier in the drive.
After the Barbs had just one possession in the first quarter, sophomore running back Dre Brown managed to run for 46 yards in the second, but the Barbs couldn’t muster a touchdown.
Mottet, meanwhile, connected with Alex Keller for a nine-yard touchdown and Niemann for a 46-yard score to make the score 28-0 heading into halftime. Mottet completed all 13 of his passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns.
Sycamore shifted its focus to the ground game in the second half, Austin Culton ran for a five-yard touchdown in the Spartans first drive of the second half.
Jack Sauter managed to run for two touchdowns in the third quarter, a one-yard sneak and a 24-yard gallop to cut the Sycamore lead to 21.
But any small hope of a DeKalb comeback was dashed when Culton ran for a seven-yard touchdown.
Dre Brown punched in a one-yard touchdown with 6:34 remaining, but DeKalb’s last gasp came too late.
The loss was the Barbs’ third to start the season, and they’ll head to Ottawa next week.
Sycamore will put their perfect record on the line at Geneseo.