SYCAMORE – Kaneland’s 35-game regular-season win streak is no more.
Sycamore quarterback Devin Mottet left the game in the first half with an injury, but backup Nick Feuerbach passed for 124 yards, ran for 23 more and caught a 30-yard pass to help lead Sycamore to a 31-21 win.
The Knights (7-1, 3-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) took the lead with 7:30 left in the first quarter when Isaac Swithers ran for a 5-yard touchdown to cap an opening drive that included 61 rushing yards.
In the second, Brett Weaver caught a drive-opening 30-yard pass early in the second quarter, and the Spartans drove to the 13-yard line. They were forced to settle for a 30-yard field goal by Tyler Maveus.
After Kaneland senior Dylan Nauert returned a kickoff to the Sycamore 44, the Knights added to their lead late in the second when Drew David rolled out and found Nate Dyer for a 9-yard touchdown pass.
Sycamore (8-0, 4-0 NI Big 12 East) responded quickly.
Feuerbach grabbed a 30-yard pass on the next drive, then immediately moved to quarterback after Mottet left the game after the play with an apparent shoulder injury. Three plays later, Feuerbach ran for a 30-yard touchdown with 3:15 left in the half.
Early in the second half, Feuerbach found Ben Niemann for a 31-yard reception and Dion Hooker, who played in his first game back after an injury, ran for an 11-yard touchdown to make the score 17-14.
Kaneland looked down and out on the next drive after a bad snap left them with a third-and-36 situation. But David found John Pruett for a 40-yard pass on the next play before Brandon Bishop caught a 28-yard touchdown.
With 11:54 remaining, Jack Dargis picked off David at the 35-yard line, and the Spartans capitalized when Riley Hurley pounded in a 1-yard touchdown run to give Sycamore a 24-21 lead.
On fourth-and-2 late with just more than five minutes left, Feuerbach scrambled and found Colan Treml wide open for a 20-yard touchdown to give Sycamore a 31-21 lead with the PAT.
Sycamore’s defense held strong. Dargis and Josh Hunt sacked David in the waning minutes, and the Knights couldn’t get back on the board.
The Spartans remain undefeated, and would win the NI Big 12 East outright for the first time with a win at Yorkville. Kaneland needs a win over Morris and a Sycamore loss to share the title.