It was a rough Friday night for our area teams as Kaneland, DeKalb, Sycamore and Genoa-Kingston combined to go just 1-3. There were a couple tough losses for Sycamore and Genoa-Kingston, but here's what it all means going forward into Week 7.
Kaneland 66, DeKalb 23: The Knights scored on their first six possessions and dominated the Barbs from the outset. There was minor hope of an upset after Dylan Hottsmith returned a kickoff for a touchdown to tie the score, 7-7, but Kaneland's offense took over.
The Knights are now 6-0 and look like they will be undefeated going into a Week 9 matchup against Morris.
DeKalb (1-5) is eliminated from playoff contention. It won't get any easier for the Barbs, who face Morris on the road in Week 7.
Morris 13, Sycamore 0: The Spartans couldn't get the offense going against a strong Morris defense. Sycamore's defense once again stood on its head against an explosive offensive team and forced five turnovers, including two interceptions.
Sycamore has now lost two in a row after winning its first four games. They have two of their remaining three games at home and can essentially clinch a playoff spot with a victory over Yorkville in Week 7.
Winnebago 28, Genoa-Kingston 7: G-K's loss to a very good Winnebago team means the Cogs will have to win its final three games in order to have a chance at the postseason. G-K (2-4) also has two of its last three games at home, but beating North Boone in Week 7 will be a tall task.
Mooseheart 35, Hiawatha 0: Mooseheart is perhaps the second-best team in the Northeast Athletic Conference so winning on the road was going to be a tall order for the Hawks. Hiawatha (2-4) now faces the same situation as G-K as the Hawks have to win their final three games to have a shot at the postseason. They face Alden-Hebron next week and then finish with two winnable games.
– Ross Jacobson, firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @DC_Preps