Drills in DeKalb
Photo: Junior Tyler Paulson makes a long catch and runs in for a Kaneland touchdown. Photo by Mary Paulson
Knights’ get reps in 7-on-7 setting at NIU
KANELAND—Preseason football practices look to be here before you know it.
The Kaneland Knights could think of no better setting to get drills and work in before that time than the campus of Northern Illinois University this past Saturday.
KHS, along with 23 other teams from around the state, participated in 7-on-7 exhibitions, as they did last year, with coach Tom Fedderly enjoying and taking notes of the setting.
“I was really happy with how it went,” Fedderly said. “It’s a big challenge just getting out there and getting started, and we’re pretty excited.”
Kaneland was in a pool with opponents Waubonsie Valley, Rockridge, Rich Central, DeKalb and Watertown High School of Wisconsin.
“We had 26 guys there for our side and playing offense and defense. It was cool for them to play on the turf, and then after two games we got to play at the new indoor facility, which was cool,” Fedderly said.
As with other sports, a crucial element for a team that has had two consecutive second-round exits but just one regular season loss since 2009 is getting familiar on the field once again.
“I really liked what they did and what I saw out there. The 26 guys stepped up. There’s a number of these guys that are balancing football and baseball, and as we hit July those go away and we really get into football,” Fedderly said.
Familiar faces laced the KHS roster, according to Fedderly, with standouts expected to show the same field presence like Isaac Swithers, Kevin Fuchs and Mitch Groen.
“Connor (Fedderly) caught a lot of balls and had a good day out there,” Fedderly said.
For KHS football, other 7-on-7 challenges lie in the form of an Aurora Christian setting on Tuesday, July 8, and Saturday, July 12, at Willowbrook in Villa Park, Ill.