KANELAND—There’s no rest for KHS football, even in the summer.
With official practices now underway, the Knights got busy in the time off from school by participating with rival area schools in 7-on-7 gatherings that ended July 27.
Stripped down from the usual football get-up, but still wearing helmets and some pads, the Knights took the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of Kaneland football for the upcoming 2013 campaign, making the most of the 25 contact practices allowed during the summer months.
Kaneland, looking to make it a four-peat in the Northern Illinois Big XII conference East division, saw action at Northern Illinois University—where they went 5-1 on a weekend—against Aurora Christian, Metea Valley, Willowbrook and Geneva high schools throughout the summer.
The drill setup, more geared toward offense, provided a change of pace from having to see the same Knight faces.
“I think it’s really fun,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “The kids enjoy it, and it’s an opportunity for them to compete and it’s to see who’s not afraid to make plays. We don’t care if they won or lost, we just want them to play hard.”
Not much tinkering goes into the equation that has led to three consecutive undefeated regular seasons and two State semifinal appearances in the past three campaigns.
“The kids are just getting to learn our system and passing game, so we won’t put a whole lot in there. We want them to learn the basics. With experimentation, we might put kids at different positions to see how they look,” Fedderly said.
As much as a refreshing change of pace it might be for some of the everyday athletes and heavy contributors, it’s also important for those on other tiers of the team, as well.
“We play everyone in the summer, so it’s a really good opportunity for some of the kids that we haven’t seen as much to get some reps and see how they do,” Fedderly said.
An important step of the summer, the 7-on-7 gatherings have more awareness to them throughout the area, according to Fedderly.
“People want to put more tournaments together, and colleges do it because they can take a look at kids, especially at places like Northern and Northwestern,” Fedderly said.
Kaneland’s regular season kickoff takes place on Friday, Aug. 30, against Chicago’s Brooks Prep.