Some teams had it easy while other area teams went right down to the wire.
Sycamore and Kaneland, both ranked in the Top 10 of the Class 5A Associated Press poll, both cruised to wins. The Spartans put up 44 points in the first half and defeated North Lawndale, 54-20, in their home opener.
The big highlight was Ben Niemann returning a punt for a touchdown, but it was called back because of offsetting penalties.
Kaneland also took care of business against Immaculate Conception. The Knights were up big before pulling their starters late in the game. Both of them remain undefeated and are still considered the favorites in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East.
Fortunes weren't so good for Genoa-Kingston and DeKalb, both of which lost tough games in the fourth quarter despite late rallies. DeKalb couldn't overcome another slow start while the Cogs were hurt by a big play in the fourth quarter. The experience of playing in these tight games and being able to score in the fourth quarter should help both teams down the road.
DeKalb is 1-1 and heads into a matchup next week against Sycamore at Huskie Stadium, while G-K is 0-2 and hosts Richmond-Burton.
Hiawatha got a victory in its home opener, defeating North Shore Country Day School, 20-8, despite not having the services of starting running back Nick Doolittle. That's a very good win for the Hawks, who even their record at 1-1.