DeKALB – The DeKalb football team needed a healthy dose of confidence after losing its first four games of the season, three of which the Barbs led in the second half.
The Barbs beat Streator, 49-6, on Friday and left with their chests puffed a little bigger.
“We were waiting for that one game where we do everything right and we fire on all cylinders,” quarterback Jack Sauter said. “That happened tonight. You saw what we’re capable of when we’re playing to our abilities.”
Sophomore running back Dre Brown missed Friday’s romp after suffering a concussion in last week’s loss to Ottawa, but Sauter compensated, running for three touchdowns, passing for two and putting up 302 yards of total offense.
Sauter began the Barbs’ (1-4) game-long march toward the Streator end zone with a 21-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter.
After the Barbs forced Streator (0-5) into a three-and-out, a short punt gave the Barbs the ball at the Bulldogs’ 45-yard line. Sauter capitalized with a 39-yard touchdown run.
With 4:37 remaining in the first quarter, DeKalb defensive lineman Jonathon Bell tackled quarterback Stephen Truchon in the end zone for a 22-yard loss and a safety to put DeKalb up, 14-0.
After a short Streator kick, De-Kalb drove down the field and Sauter threw a 4-yard touchdown to running back Jimmy Russell.
In the second quarter, Sauter once again breezed by the Streator defense with an 11-yard run and threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jake Carpenter.
Streator running back Drew Muntz put the Bulldogs on the board at the beginning of the second half with a 55-yard touchdown run, but Dylan Hottsmith answered with two second-half rushing touchdowns.
The Barbs tallied 386 total yards and, despite missing two starters on the offensive line, ran for 183 yards.
“This week, our offensive line really stepped up,” coach Todd Hallaron said. “Our blocking was fantastic all night long.”
Next week, DeKalb heads to Kaneland, which moved to 5-0 on Friday with a win over Rochelle.
“It’s a big motivator going into Kaneland, we had to get this win,” Hottsmith said. “It’s going to be a tough game, but if we have our hopes up high and if we practice as hard as last week, we could have a shot.”