Familiar with a twist
IHSA releases 2014 football schedule
KANELAND—In a conference landscape that’s shifting, so, too, did the 2014 slate for Kaneland Knights football.
Looking to qualify for the IHSA playoffs for the seventh consecutive year but losing a talented 2013 class, the Knights face a nine-game list of opponent that finished a combined 54-40 last year. That includes six playoff qualifiers: Chicago’s Brooks, Rich Central, Northern Illinois Big XII East division mates DeKalb, Yorkville and Sycamore, and new West division foe Rochelle.
With the schedule released last Thursday, Kaneland, who was ousted in the second-round of the Class 5A playoffs by Joliet Catholic in November 2013, is slated to travel to playoff qualifier Brooks Prep of Chicago on Friday, Aug. 29, at 7:15 p.m. The fourth season of the opening-week rivalry between the Knights and Eagles has no listed site yet, but had taken place at Chicago’s Gately Stadium in 2012.
On Friday, Sept. 5, Kaneland has its home opener against Chicago’s Marshall High School, with the game at 7 p.m., the lone contest not scheduled for 7:15 p.m. this season.
On Friday, Sept. 12, the Knights host the Rich Central Olympians of Olympia Fields, Ill. The school finished 9-2 and is a representative of the Southland Conference.
The NIB-12 East Division, with one less team, sees action with Kaneland traveling to Campbell Field on Friday, Sept. 19, to face playoff qualifier Yorkville. DeKalb comes to Peterson Field on Friday, Sept. 26, having qualified for postseason play a year ago, as well. Friday, Oct. 3, has Kaneland trecking to the site of the end of its 35-game win streak, Sycamore, to face the Spartans (12-1 in 2013). The East division section of the schedule features Morris coming to Maple Park on Friday, Oct. 10, as Morris tries to rebound from a lowly 3-6 season.
The last two regular season challenges feature Kaneland going to LaSalle-Peru on Friday, Oct. 17, for the first time since 2011, and hosting Rochelle on Friday, Oct. 24. KHS has won seven straight against the Hubs.
Rochelle joins the West division as part of the NIB-12 landscape that now has 10 teams.
Dixon joined the Big Northern Conference West division, along with Byron, Mendota, Oregon, Rock Falls, Rockford Lutheran, Stillman Valley and Winnebago.
Streator left for the Interstate Eight Conference Large division along with Coal City, Manteno, Peotone, Plano and Sandwich.
The first day of football practice is set for Monday, Aug. 11.