Kaneland and Morris both were 8-0 heading into the final week of the regular season. The matchup would determine the NI Big 12 East champion and the winner likely would get a No. 1 seed in the IHSA state playoffs. Both teams traded scores throughout most of the contest, but Kaneland was able to make the last big play. Drew David, who was dealing with a hand injury, found Zach Martinelli for a 5-yard touchdown with 27 seconds remaining to put Kaneland up by three and give the Knights their third consecutive undefeated regular season.