Photo: Knight Zack Martinelli (11) escapes Dixon’s Scott Goad on his way to a 25-yard touchdown that made the margin 40-7 in the third quarter. Photo by Ryan Wells
Kaneland improves to 3-0 with offensive explosion
by Mike Slodki
DIXON—At his most popular, the 40th President of the United States put forth a picture of optimism.
In his former boyhood stomping grounds of Dixon, Ill., even the most ardent Duke fan was hard-pressed to put a sunny picture on the end result.
Much like last year’s 55-6 drubbing of the Northern Illinois Big XII crossover foe, the Knights kept the scoreboard operator busy in a 59-14 handling of the host Dukes, and improved to 3-0 in the process.
Kaneland begins 3-0 for the second straight campaign and for the third time in six seasons.
The Knights achieved running clock status for the second time in three weeks and amassed 486 total yards, compared to Dixon’s 197.
Sophomore signal-caller Drew David continues to work the offense at a winning pace, going 15-for-27 for 274 yards and five TD throws.
Jesse Balluff ran 20 times for 129 yards and three touchdown runs, while Zack Martinelli caught five balls for 136 yards and two scores.
Martinelli, with 2011 being his first sustained varsity time, thinks the team is feeling more comfortable as the weeks and wins pile up.
“We would always get a big return, the line did their job and the receivers got open. Our line’s tough, and we keep powering through and punching it in,” Martinelli said.
The return game was helped by Quinn Buschbacher, who had a big 71-yard kickoff return setting up the third KHS score, and 89 yards worth of punt returns.
David found Martinelli on a 56-yard touchdown three minutes, 55 seconds into the game.
Quinn Buschbacher (22) isn’t an award-winning actor, but his performance can be both dynamic and heartbreaking. If you’re Dixon, anyway. After Dixon signal-caller Scott Goad scored on a 32-yard scamper to close within 13-7 in the second frame, Buschbacher caught the ensuing kickoff. The senior raced all the way down to the 10-yard line, setting the stage for a Sean Carter TD catch.
Kaneland’s four touchdowns in the second were scored on a 14-yard pass to Kyle Pollastrini, a 16-yard pass to Sean Carter making it 20-7, a Balluff 1-yard plunge and a six-yard strike to Buschbacher.
Martinelli scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass, while Balluff’s three-yard run closed out the scoring in the third.
The two fourth-quarter scores came from Balluff’s three-yard TD run and a five-yarder from Brandon Cottier.
The Knights travel to LaSalle-Peru High School for the first time on Friday, Sept. 16.
The sophomores also beat Dixon, 42-6.
Knights freshmen football took a 47-8 win from Glenbard North on Monday.