MAPLE PARK – Unlike Kaneland’s first two games of this season, there was little doubt about the outcome of Friday’s contest against Sterling.
The Knights scored early and often as they blanked the Golden Warriors, 42-0, in a Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover game.
“Sterling has won their side of the conference for the last two years and we have won our side, so this was a big game for us to see how good we are,” said Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly. “The kids made some mistakes [in the first two games] and took that to heart.”
Kaneland (3-0) scored on five on its six possessions in the first half.
The Knights’ defense shut down Sterling’s offense. The Golden Warriors only tallied eight first downs during the game with five coming on the opening drive of the game.
Sterling’s quarterback Tanner Morse completed four of his 12 passes for 33 yards. The team gained 51 yards on the ground.
Kaneland’s offense wasted no time scoring. The Knights took control of the ball on their own 30-yard line after Sterling (2-1) was unable to convert a fourth down on their opening drive. On the second play of the series, Knights quarterback Drew David connected with Brandon Bishop for a 63-yard pass touchdown at the 5:49 mark.
“Everybody was prepared and we started out the game really well,” Fedderly said of team’s first-half play.
Exactly two minutes later, on their next possession, Kaneland scored its second touchdown in four plays capped by a 3-yard run by Jesse Balluff.
David increased Kaneland’s lead to 20-0 two minutes into the second quarter on a 3-yard run.
Their next two scores of the first half were aided by Sterling miscues.
A pass interference call on the Warriors kept the Knights’ drive alive. Four plays later, Nate Dyer scored on a 4-yard run.
After a bad snap on a Sterling punt, the possession was recovered by Kaneland’s Cole Carlson on the Golden Warrior’s 13-yard line. Four plays later, Bishop caught a 4-yard David pass for the touchdown.
The Knights scored on their first possession of the second half. The 15-play drive, all on the ground, was capped by Nate Dyer’s 21-year touchdown run. The drive also ate up 7:30 of the third quarter and started the running clock.
Matt Rodriguez completed all six of his extra points.
David, who completed six of 11 passes for 130 yards, watched the game from the bench in the fourth quarter as Tyler Carlson took over the team’s offense
Kaneland travels to Streator on Friday for a Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover game.
Kaneland 42 Sterling 0 Sterling 0 0 0 0 - 0 Kaneland 14 21 7 0 - 42
HOW THEY SCORED:
First Quarter Bishop 63 pass from David (Rodriguez kick) Balluff 3 run (Rodriguez kick)Second Quarter David 3 run (Rodriguez kick) Dyer 4 run (Rodriguez kick) Bishop 8 pass from David (Rodriguez kick)Third quarter Dyer 21 run (Rodriguez kick)
RUSHING – Kaneland: Balluff 8-55, David 7-54, Dyer 6-33 Swithers 1-1, Carlson 1-53 Total 23-196. Sterling: Hartz 13-33, Morse 6-18, Mikan 1-4, Total 19-55PASSING – Kaneland: David 6-11-130-2, Carlson 1-5. Sterling: Morse 3-12-33-0RECEIVING – Kaneland: Bishop 2-67, Martinelli 2-42, Nauert 1-6, Pollastrini 1-15, Swithers 1-5 . Sterling: Mikan 1-35, Wharff 2-13 TOTAL YARDS – Kaneland : 331 Sterling: 67 SOPHOMORE GAME – Kaneland 14, Sterling 7