It's been one heck of a 2012 regular season. Some things change: Hiawatha snapped a double-digit losing streak. And some things stay the same: Kaneland wins ANOTHER Northern Illinois Big 12 East title.
Here's what we learned from each of the area's Week 9 matchups:
Sycamore 44, Yorkville 0: Sycamore dominated in all three phases tonight, pitching its first shutout of the season. Devin Mottet and Ben Niemann connected for three touchdowns, all in the first half, and the Spartans got some much-needed momentum going into the playoffs. They will probably be hosting a first-round game.
Kaneland 33, Morris 30: QB Drew David played with a cast on its right wrist and was able to lead the Knights to their third consecutive undefeated regular season and NI Big 12 East title. The Knights will likely be the No. 1 seed if they are put in Class 5A. But the health of David is still a question mark moving forward.
Rochelle 44, DeKalb 31: Once again, the talent of DeKalb shows in keeping it close against a playoff-caliber team. But there are a few things holding the Barbs back from putting it all together. Jack Sauter and Dre Brown had some good plays on offense, but it was a tough end to a 2-7 season for DeKalb.
Genoa-Kingston 14, Marengo 0: Great momentum for G-K moving into next season. They are the only local team that will be fielding a new QB next year and they got valuable experience for sophomore Griffin McNeil.
Luther North 40, Hiawatha 20: The Hawks opened up the passing game as QB Mike Mercado threw 43 times, a season-high for the junior signal-caller. Hiawatha will look back at a couple of the early-season games that got away in their 3-6 season.
– Ross Jacobson, firstname.lastname@example.org