Friday preview: Kaneland (4-0) vs. Rochelle (4-0)
Friday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. at Peterson Field
Kaneland begins its charge to qualify for the postseason with a tussle against the visiting Rochelle Hubs on Friday, Sept. 27.
Since being divisional-mates since the launching of the brief Western Sun Conference in 2006, Kaneland and Rochelle have met every regular season. That development ends in 2014 with the NIB-12 departure of Dixon and Streator to the Big Northern Conference and I-8, respectively.
The shuffling necessitated a divisional realignment in the NIB-12 football landscape in 2014, with Rochelle relocating to the West to balance out the schools.
Kaneland has defeated Rochelle in seven out of 10 meetings in the last decade of action. The Hubs last defeated Kaneland back in 2007, 35-24, in the opening match of their new athletic grounds. KHS has won six in a row, including 34-6 in Ogle County a year ago. The Knights also swept two victories in 2011 as part of regular season and IHSA Class 5A State quarterfinal play.
KHS comes into Friday’s contest averaging 40.5 points a game, and giving up a grand total of four touchdowns on the season.
Rochelle, with its noted ground attack, comes in with an identical 4-0 record and having scored 58 points in two of its four contests, including Friday’s 58-21 win over the Sterling Golden Warriors.
The Hubs are coached by Kevin Crandall, in his 19th season at the helm, and have qualified for the postseason 15 of the last 17 campaigns, most recently missing the chance in 2010. A year ago, Rochelle was upended in the first round after a 6-3 regular season by eventual Kaneland conqueror Lincoln-Way West.