Photo: Knight Drew David (4) enjoyed a five-touchdown evening in the 45-7 win over visiting Yorkville. Photo by Mary Herra
Buschbacher sees plenty of end-zone in 45-7 win over YHS
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—One would have to wonder how the Knights gridiron collection would respond, a week after an emotionally satisfying comeback win at DeKalb, and it being the last regular season home game for the current crop of seniors.
Wonder no more, although the 4-3 Yorkville Foxes may still be wondering what hit them.
Offensive juggernaut Quinn Buschbacher led the way with five touchdown catches, including three in the first quarter, and Drew David was 13-for-19 for 261 to go along with the five touchdown throws in a 45-7 win over the Foxes and new head coach Karl Hoinkes.
No letdown was the name of the game on Friday.
“We didn’t talk about that at all,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “Senior night here—the last scheduled home game is huge to these kids. We have a pretty good rivalry with Yorkville.”
Buschbacher had 161 yards receiving on eight receptions on a night the Knights scored on their first four drives.
“It’s Senior Night and my last regular season game here, and I thought about it and I wanted to remember it somehow,” Buschbacher said.
The first drive featured four Jesse Balluff runs and a pass to Buschbacher before the senior caught another pass and ran down the sideline for a 49-yard TD pass with eight minutes, 27 seconds remaining in the quarter.
The next drive consisted of four plays and ended with a 15-yard TD pass to Buschbacher with 3:22 left in the frame.
Another swing pass to Buschbacher featured a key block by Balluff enroute to a 17-yard touchdown with :24 left to make it 21-0.
“We run the same screen every year, and I feel we’ve gotten it down to perfection. Balluff just loves blocking, I love the way he plays,” Buschbacher said.
A 41-yard Matt Rodriguez field goal with 6:41 to go in the first half made it 24-0, completing the first half scoring.
The second half featured a touchdown run by Yorkville’s Neil O’Brien (116 yards) from 39 yards out to make it 24-7 with 8:41 left in the third, but KHS answered with David’s fourth TD pass to Buschbacher from 13 yards away to make it 31-7 with 6:17 to go. With 10 ticks remaining in the frame, Buschbacher scored from 12 yards out go make it 38-7.
Ryan Fuchs’ two-yard scamper with 1:42 to go in the fourth closed the scoring on a night that saw Knights wear various pink garb to benefit the fight against breast cancer.
Sophomore action saw Kaneland beat the Foxes 41-0.
Sycamore (5-2) hosts Kaneland in the Week 8 battle on Friday, Oct. 14.