Photo: Quinn Buschbacher, shown here in Class 5A playoff action at Vernon Hills, is one of the returning Knights ready for year two of Northern Illinois Big XII East Division action. File Photo
Knights football opens with 2 home games, faces Chicago’s Brooks
KANELAND—With the Illinois High School Association’s official release of the 2011 football schedules, Kaneland High School now has an official idea of who it will clash with, en route to building upon its 12-1 season of a year ago.
The usual Northern Illinois Big XII East Division foes will travel to Maple Park in the form of Rochelle and Yorkville, while the Knights hit DeKalb, Sycamore and Morris in the road caravan.
In terms of NIB-12 conference opponents, the Knights once again face the Dixon Dukes and LaSalle-Peru Cavaliers, this time on the road.
Knight football deals with the Huntley Red Raiders for the third year in a row in a home battle, after taking the fight to the Fox Valley Conference school last year.
The Red Raiders had a good time of it in 2009, edging KHS, 17-14.
The one significant change is the end of the Kaneland-Burlington Central opening night duel, and the beginning of a meeting between the Knights and fellow Class 5A school Brooks College Prep of Chicago (250 E. 111th St., Chicago).
The Eagles, coached by James Brown, look to rebound from a 3-6 season. Kaneland and Rock Island, whom the Eagles play on Sept. 9, are the non-city opponents this year for Brooks. The Eagles, located in the Chicago Public League’s Illini Conference Heartland Division, last qualified for the playoffs in 2009.
The State semifinalist Knights, under fifth-year coach Tom Fedderly, begin their version of Friday Night Lights against Brooks on Friday, Aug. 26. Huntley comes into town on Sept. 2. Kaneland travels to Dixon for a crossover affair on Sept. 9, and goes south to LaSalle-Peru for the second crossover tussle on Sept. 16.
The conference season begins in earnest on Sept. 23, when KHS hosts Rochelle, and the Knights travel to DeKalb’s new facility off of Dresser Road on Sept. 30. The Knights host the Foxes of Yorkville on Oct. 7 for their fourth and final home game, before finishing in Sycamore on Oct. 14, and Morris on Oct. 21.
Northern Illinois Big XII Schools—Week 1 opponents
Friday, Aug. 26
• DeKalb vs. Ottawa • Kaneland vs. Brooks
• Morris vs. Minooka • Yorkville vs. Streator
• Sycamore vs. North Lawndale Charter
• Dixon at E. Moline U. • Geneseo vs. E. Peoria
• LP vs. Rock Island Alleman • Sterling vs. Moline
Saturday, Aug. 27
• Rochelle at Corliss