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Defensive woes cost Kaneland football against Yorkville

YORKVILLE – Kaneland’s football team hoped the return of running back Isaac Swithers would spark its offense Friday night against Yorkville in the teams’ Northern Illinois Big 12 East openers. 

While Swithers, who had missed the last couple weeks with a knee injury, did help the Knights, Kaneland had no answer for Michael Kurtz, Yorkville’s one man offensive unit.

Yorkville beat Kaneland, 41-25, behind Kurtz‘s 310 rushing yards on 26 carries and four touchdowns.

“Kurtz and his offensive line did a really nice job,” Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly said. “We knew that coming in and all the credit to them. They executed.”

Swithers gained 43 yards on 13 carries and scored two of the Knights’ touchdowns. 

“That kid, I have so much respect for him and what he has done for us,” Fedderly said. “I can’t say enough about him.”

Kaneland (2-2, 0-1 NI Big East) kept pace with the Foxes during the first half, trailing only 14-13 at halftime.

An intercepted Jake Marczuk pass on the second play of the game set up Yorkville’s first touchdown. Kurtz scored his first touchdown of the night on a 7-yard run at 6:06 in the first quarter.

Marczuk finished the night completing 21 of 39 passing attempts for a total of 265 yards.

Swithers scored the team’s first touchdown of the night on a 1-yard run with a minute left in the half.

Prior to the senior’s score, Kaneland had to settle for two Drew Franklin field goals for their first half scoring.

Kaneland took a brief lead, 19-14, in the third quarter on Swithers’ second touchdown of the night on another 1-yard run halfway through the period.

Yorkville (4-0, 1-0) immediately reclaimed the lead on its next possession on a 65-yard run by Kurtz. 

The Foxes broke the game open later in the quarter, scoring on their next two possession giving the team a 35-19 lead starting the fourth quarter.

The last touchdown was on another 65-yard run by Kurtz.

The loss was the second in a row for the Knights.

“We’ll look back at this game and look for all the positives from it,” Fedderly said. “Swithers was good. Connor [Fedderly] made some plays. We just have to take a look at our mistakes and fix them.”

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