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Sports

Football Notes: Joe Smith, Knights keep humming along

Art Taylor enjoys big return to Batavia lineup

Kaneland quarterback Joe Smith scrambles outside in the first quarter Friday in Maple Park.
Kaneland quarterback Joe Smith scrambles outside in the first quarter Friday in Maple Park.

Kaneland is humming along at 3-0, and several components can be pointed to as the reasons.

Defensively, the Knights are keeping opponents largely out of the end zone, surrendering only 20 points since shutting out Hinsdale South in Week 1. Kaneland forced four turnovers against Rich Central. Defensive backs Sam Pryor and Kyle Angelotti each had interceptions.

Kaneland limited Rich Central to a mere 41 rushing yards – a far cry from last year when Olympians running back Sean Tyler had five touchdowns.

But here’s perhaps the most impressive statistic – Kaneland has yet to allow a score defensively outside of the last two minutes.

Quarterback Joe Smith is doing his part, while Jonathan Alstott and Chaz Shaw are finding great success behind a stout offensive line. Alstott had 185 yards and three touchdowns on 42 carries last week while Shaw pounded in two scores.

“Having Alstott and Shaw is great to have behind me,” Smith said. [Both are] great to have because I know they will always have my back no matter what happens.

“I have learned that in order to win games confidence in yourself is a big factor,” Smith added.

Batavia running wild

Batavia’s offensive attack grows more dangerous by the week. More important, its stable of rushers is getting healthy.

Art Taylor suffered a concussion against Lemont in Week 1, missing Batavia’s victory over Naperville North. Taylor, in his return to the lineup last week, ran wild for 157 yards on 15 carries in the Bulldogs’ win over Lake Park.

Trey Urwiler, coming off a career-high 195 yards against the Huskies, did not play because of “some bumps and bruises.”

“I think we’ve gotten better each week,” Urwiler told the Chronicle. “I’m very happy with our progress as an offense. I feel like when we get everything clicking, we will be unstoppable.”

Weekly football podcast

Chronicle sports staffers Jacob Bartelson and Josh Welge are combining on a weekly high school football podcast. Specific details on where to listen and download may change in a few weeks, so keep glued to the Kane County Preps account on Twitter for updates.

Episodes generally will consist of recaps, player/coach interviews and previews for the following week’s games.

The first-ever episode had 100 plays.

Quote of the week:

“[The offensive line] never let off the gas all the way through the fourth quarter. They were just providing me with some of the biggest gaps I’ve ever seen in my four years here.” – St. Charles East running back Justin Jett after his 20-carry, 128-yard and one-touchdown effort against Glenbard North.

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