STREATOR – The big plays that DeKalb’s offense consistently made against Ottawa last week didn’t come as easy Friday night against Streator on the road.
It didn’t matter.
DeKalb burst out to a 28-point halftime lead and won going away, 42-14, for its second straight win.
“The linemen were getting up to the linebackers, our other running backs were blocking for each other,” junior running back Eriq Torrey said. “I even saw my quarterback get in there and hit somebody. They were getting us yards all day.”
DeKalb’s offense wasted little time as the Barbs (3-2) drove 53 yards on their first possession, all yards coming on the ground, and quarterback Jack Sauter capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Barbs a 7-0 lead.
The defense forced a quick turnover when Rudy Lopez intercepted a tipped pass and returned it to the Streator 14-yard line. Dre Brown capitalized on the next play with a 14-yard run up the middle for a 14-0 DeKalb lead.
“We haven’t had a lot of turnovers and that’s been kind of our Achilles heel, not getting turnovers,” Barbs coach Matt Weckler said. “For us to get one early right after a score and be able to punch another one in gave us a little bit of confidence going into the rest of the game.”
After Streator (0-5) went three and out, DeKalb had good field position at the Streator 34-yard line and, two plays later, Torrey, who finished with 138 rushing yards, took the handoff around left end and barrelled in for a 29-yard touchdown.
Brown added a 2-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, and the Barbs carried a 28-0 lead into halftime.
Brown had another touchdown in the third quarter and Sauter found Lopez on a 9-yard fade for DeKalb’s final touchdown of the game.
A playoff berth is in sight for DeKalb after the relatively easy win over Streator, and the Barbs will be at home for three of their final four games of the regular season.
But the schedule ramps up quickly with a visit from undefeated Kaneland on Friday night.
“It’s going to be great. I’m pretty sure we’ll get that win,” Torrey said. “I’m fighting for it to get that win.”