Photo: Knight Quinn Buschbacher (12) hopes to come down with the ball during Kanelandâ€™s 42-7 win against visiting DeKalb. Buschbacherâ€™s output this season has been key to the Knightsâ€™ No. 3 placing in the IHSA Class 5A Playoff Points scale. Photo by Ben Draper
by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Dealing with the hysterics of 2010 homecoming? Fine.
Having to host a DeKalb team that just came off of a win at LaSalle-Peru and was at the .500 mark in week six under coach Marty Sanders? OK.
Knowing that every win amassed creates a giant bullseye on the Kaneland jersey? Bring it on.
It seemed like nothing could get the Knights down on Friday, and Kaneland strode to a 42-7 win over the visiting Barbs.
The win, Kanelandâ€™s fifth in a row over DHS, improved the KHS mark to 6-0 (2-0 Northern Illinois Big XII). It marks the best start for Kaneland since 2006, and the Knights have now won seven straight regular season games dating back to last season.
â€œThis is a special group. Weâ€™ve got a couple guys that stepped in big time, and weâ€™re just really happy with the outcome,â€ KHS coach Tom Fedderly said.
Kaneland outgained DeKalb by a tally of 402-286.
Joe Camiliere was a stellar 18-of-22 for 306 yards and five touchdown tosses.
Blake Serpa carried the ball for 70 yards on 10 tries. On the receiving end, Quinn Buschbacher caught eight passes for 153 yards and three scores, while Sean Carter caught five passes for 93 yards and a score.
After coming up empty on their first drive, a Serpa punt pinned DeKalb back on its own eight. Two plays later, QB Brian Sisler was wrapped up by Tyler Callaghan for a safety four minutes, 29 seconds into the game for a 2-0 KHS lead. Three plays later, Kanelandâ€™s Buschbacher caught a 38-yard touchdown pass for a 9-0 lead with 6:03 to go in the first quarter.
The second-quarter scoring had Camaliere find Carter on a 27-yard pass with 9:44 remaining in the half for a 21-0 lead.
Blake Serpa followed blockers for a 45-yard touchdown run with 3:43 to go to make it 28-0, and before the half was up, Jacob Razo caught his first TD of the year, a five-yard grab.
With the Knights entering the third frame up 28-0, the offense was at it again thanks to a Buschbacher 24-yard touchdown catch, making it 35-0.
The Barbs repelled the running clock by Dan Matyaâ€™s 84-yard touchdown catch with 7:45 left in the third.
Buschbacher caught a 15-yard pass from Camilere for his third and final touchdown with 3:18 to go in the third.
Facing an improved DeKalb Barbs squad, the undefeated Knights needed contributions from both the defense and the offense. Already up 9-0 due to a safety and a passing TD,. Joe Camiliere found frequent target Sean Carter on a 27-yard touchdown in the second quarter to go up 16-0 and to effectively put the contest out of reach.
â€œAll our linemen are working hard,â€ Buschbacher said. â€œItâ€™s really showing out there. Joe had all day to throw the ball. I hope it carries out for the entire season.â€
In sophomore action, the Knights took a 10-3 battle with visiting DeKalb to capture their Homecoming game.
Kanelandâ€™s week 7 clash is in Yorkville against the 3-3 Foxes. The Knights travel to Kendall County for the second consecutive year, after handing YHS a season-ending 10-0 loss on Oct. 23, 2009. Yorkville beat Rochelle 24-12 on Friday.