DeKALB – Even when his team was trying to run the clock, it seemed like Kaneland senior quarterback Drew David was running a hurry-up offense.
The high-powered Knight 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. 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 like 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 back with a 77-yard rush, and after Kaneland scored again, Dre Brown broke free for an 89-yard score, giving the Barbs a bit of momentum.
But the comeback was effectively ended on a fumble recovered by Kaneland. The Knights drove down to score after the turnover, and David scored one more touchdown to seal the victory.
The win keeps Kaneland undefeated going into next week’s matchup against Yorkville, while DeKalb remains winless in conference. The Barbs host 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.”