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Our view: High hopes for football season

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 11:18 p.m. CDT

DeKalb County football fans have been a bit spoiled by success in recent years, not that we’re complaining.

Last season, we watched teams from both Northern Illinois University and Sycamore High School go undefeated in the regular season and come up just one win short of the big game – in NIU’s case, the Fiesta Bowl, and in Sycamore’s, the IHSA Class 5A state title game.

The Huskies didn’t reach a second consecutive BCS bowl, but they still played in a postseason game. So too did four of our area’s teams. In addition to Sycamore’s run to the state semifinals, DeKalb made its second postseason appearance in this decade (and second since 1989); Genoa-Kingston also appeared in the playoffs, and Kaneland reached the second round.

The level of local football success means that the bar has been set high for this year, but not so high that it can’t be cleared. Many local teams have high hopes based on their past success, their maturing talent, or simply their tradition of always just getting the job done.

Today and Friday, there will be ample opportunities for fans to take in a game near home.

The Huskies will debut their post-Jordan Lynch offense at 6 p.m. tonight at Huskie Stadium against the Presbyterian Blue Hose.

On Friday, the local high school teams follow suit, with Sycamore opening their season at home against Lincoln-Way West, DeKalb at home against Vernon Hills, Genoa-Kingston at home against St. Edward, and Kaneland hosting Chicago Brooks.

For more information on the local prep teams and their plans for the season ahead, check out our prep preview section inside today’s Daily Chronicle, or online at www.Daily-Chronicle.com/dcpreps.

If you can’t make it to the game, or simply want to hear and see what the players have to say about it afterward, you can read our coverage, both in the pages of the Daily Chronicle, as well as online at HuskieWire.com and at DC Preps.

The first game of the season is only the first step in a long journey for our local teams. We wish all our local athletes good luck and encourage football fans to turn out and support them in the weeks ahead.

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