AURORA – After a slow start, the DeKalb offense picked up and scored 34 unanswered points en route to a 34-6 victory over Metea Valley. DeKalb’s defense was tough all night long, limiting the Mustangs running attack to only 35 yards on 27 attempts.
It also had a good pass rush, sacking Mustangs quarterback Patrick Straub four times for minus 38 yards. Tucker Ikens also added an interception late.
While the offense wasn’t perfect, it hit several big plays over the course of the game. Trenton Kyler went 6 for 11 with 112 yards and a touchdown pass.
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“We kept pressure on them and went as hard as we could every single play,” Ikens said. “Honestly, it was just blitzing and having good coverage, which made it last longer.”
While the offense wasn’t perfect, it hit several big plays over the course of the game. Trenton Kyler went 6 for 11 with 112 yards and a touchdown pass. Jaylen Hobson led the Barbs' rushing attack with 72 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown. Jalon Redmond also scored a touchdown and gained 49 yards on 15 carries.
“I need to make better reads,” Kyler said. “We gotta work as a team and not get down on each other. We weren’t really focused this week. Next week we really need to be focused.”
Connor Tierney was busy all night. Tierney attempted three field goals, connecting from 28 and 32 yards, respectively. His lone miss was on a 57-yard attempt which came up well short, resulting in a touchback as it landed in the end zone on the fly. Weckler said that he was aware of the quirky NFHS rule for field goals.
“Absolutely,” Weckler said. “That was the one main reason why we did it. We knew that he would at least make it to the end zone.”
With the lack of focus that Weckler talked about came penalties. The Barbs were penalized six times for 40 yards. Three of those penalties were encroachment penalties on defense. Two penalties were holding calls that wiped out big plays.
“That has nothing to do with repetition; that’s just being disciplined,” Weckler said. “We weren’t very disciplined on the defensive front. On offense, we didn’t do what we needed to do, not knowing who to block or where to block or how to block them. We have a lot of work to do...We’re going to go against Sycamore, who I think has a chance to win a state championship. They’re that good. Defensively, they don’t give up many points and offensively, they score a lot of points. I am looking forward to competing against them.”
The Barbs will play again at 8 p.m. next Friday against Sycamore at Huskie Stadium.
DeKalb running back Jaylen Hobson heads upfield for a nice gain Friday during the game against Metea Valley High School in Aurora.
DeKalb's Christopher Grays Jr., (clockwise from top) Jovon Brown and Donovan Lacey take down a Metea Valley ball carrier Friday during the game at Metea Valley High School in Aurora.
DeKalb running back Jaylen Hobson finds some running room Friday during the game against Metea Valley High School in Aurora.