DeKALB – Sycamore senior quarterback Devin Mottet lobbed pass after pass way downfield, hoping his receivers would make plays.
And they did. Senior Ben Niemann had two touchdown receptions, junior Colan Treml added one and the Spartans (3-0) pulled away from DeKalb (1-2) in the second half to secure a 48-26 win Friday night at Huskie Stadium. The victory is the sixth straight for Sycamore in the series.
Mottet had 354 total yards, junior running back Dion Hooker rushed for 138 yards, and senior Riley Hurley ran in three touchdowns for the Spartans.
“It means we’re 3-0,” Sycamore coach Joe Ryan said of the victory. “We had to play really well offensively to win and then play really well defensively in the second half to close the deal. They’ve got a good team.”
DeKalb junior running back Dre Brown finished with 139 yards on the ground, and senior quarterback Jack Sauter added 107 yards for the Barbs.
It was a frenetic start to the game. The first seven possessions ended in touchdowns, leaving the Spartans up, 28-18, at the end of the first quarter.
Sycamore’s quick-strike passing game torched the Barbs early on. Mottet connected on touchdown passes of 64, 53 and 69 yards. DeKalb couldn’t find an answer for the big, athletic Spartans receivers.
The defenses locked in a little more after the first quarter. DeKalb junior linebacker Jonathan Vega recovered a fumble to set up a Brown touchdown, and neither sides were able to score until Mottet snuck in for a touchdown just before halftime to put Sycamore up by nine.
The Barbs were hurt by missed extra-point conversions, which have haunted them all season. They missed a kick and a pair of two-point attempts before finally completing a conversion on their last attempt.
DeKalb looked to slow down the pace at the start of the third quarter. The Barbs were poised to score until a fumble was recovered by Sycamore. The Spartans then proceeded to drive down the field and score on a Hurley rush to start the fourth quarter.
As the clock ran out, Huskie Stadium’s cannon fired repeatedly, a fitting way to cap off an explosive night of football.