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Preps

Kaneland stays unbeaten by downing DeKalb

Tight end Tyler Slamans looks for an opening in the DeKalb defense Friday during the second quarter of the Knights’ 35-12 victory over the Barbs in DeKalb.
Tight end Tyler Slamans looks for an opening in the DeKalb defense Friday during the second quarter of the Knights’ 35-12 victory over the Barbs in DeKalb.

DeKALB – Even when his team was trying to run out the clock, it seemed like Kaneland senior quarterback Drew David was running a hurry-up offense.

The high-powered Knights attack carried Kaneland (6-0, 2-0 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) to a 35-12 victory at DeKalb (3-3, 0-2 NI Big 12 East) on Friday night. The victory extends the Knights’ regular-season winning streak to 34 games.

David led the way for the Knights with 397 total yards of offense and three touchdowns.

Junior running back Dre Brown led the Barbs with 130 yards on the ground.

“They’re undefeated for a reason,” DeKalb coach Matt Weckler said of Kaneland. “They’re pretty big up front, which kind of hurt us a little bit, but I think the big thing for us was just not playing our game.”

Playing their game was a lot tougher against a team such as Kaneland. The Knights’ spread offense seemed to catch the Barbs off guard, leading to touchdown passes of 31 and 58 yards from David early on.

DeKalb senior quarterback Jack Sauter answered with a 77-yard rush, and after Kaneland scored again, Dre Brown broke free for an 89-yard score, cut the deficit to 21-12 and giving the Barbs a bit of momentum.

But the comeback effectively was ended on a fumble recovered by Kaneland. The Knights drove down to score after the turnover, then David ran one more in to seal it.

The win keeps Kaneland undefeated going into next week’s matchup against Yorkville. The Barbs play host to Morris next week and still have two of their final three games at home in their quest to make the playoffs.

Even after a game that seemed handily won by the visitors, David was quick to acknowledge DeKalb.

“They’re no slouch of a team,” David said. “Coming in, we knew it was going to be a battle. We’re just happy we came out with a win.”

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