Knights fall short to Huntley
Costly turnovers harm KHS chances in 17-14 loss
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARKâ€”It almost had the makings of a classic final-drive victory for Kaneland football on Friday night at Peterson Field.
But like many other chances during Fridayâ€™s 17-14 loss at the hands of the Huntley Red Raiders, the potential game-winning drive ended in an interception.
â€œIâ€™m really proud of our team and how we hung in there,â€ KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. â€œSome things didnâ€™t go our way. But we were a good enough team to hang in until the last play.â€
For their first meeting with Huntley since the 1960s, Kaneland was led by quarterback Joe Camaliere, who went 23-for-36 with 306 yards. The junior threw two touchdowns and three picks.
The Knights also lost two fumbles, making a total of five turnovers on the night.
Camaliere also led the ground crew with 68 yards, including a 34-yard scamper.
Ryley Bailey toughed out a seven-catch evening for 129 yards.
Kaneland was edged in the first down category, 18-17, while the Knights won the total yards contest, 412-349.
The scoring started by the visiting Red Raiders thanks to an option keeper by QB Timothy Lycos. The 12-yard touchdown with 7:34 left in the first quarter made it 7-0.
Camaliere lost a fumble at the Red Raidersâ€™ 17-yard line, but on the next drive found Bailey on a diving catch for an 18-yard touchdown. The score, with one second left in the quarter, tied the game at 7-7.
Tor Larkin of Huntley caught a 26-yard touchdown pass with 38 seconds to go in the first half to give KHS a 14-7 deficit.
The Knights had a chance to get on the board before the half ended, but a pass intended for Tyler Callaghan in the end zone was tipped out of reach as the half ended.
Huntley missed a 31-yard field goal attempt on its first drive of the second half. After another Knights fumble stalled a drive at its own 46, Huntley later converted on a 25-yard field goal with 1:29 to go in the third for a 17-7 lead.
Huntley managed an interception off of a tipped pass on the next drive, stalling the Knights yet again.
Kanelandâ€™s defense came through in the fourth quarter, stopping Huntley on a fourth-and-13 from the Knightsâ€™ 16. Starting with the ball at itsâ€™ own four, Kaneland used a 77-yard completion to Taylor Andrews to set up a goal to go situation. Three plays later, Bailey caught another touchdown pass from the nine on third and goal to make it 17-14 with 7:16 remaining.
Kaneland found another drive end in an interception, but stopped Huntleyâ€™s offense on its own one-yard line with 1:38 to go in regulation.
Camaliere found a hole on fourth-and-one that took Kaneland to its own 45, before a pass to Andrews was picked off with seconds remaining.
â€œWe had a couple fumbles and a couple interceptions. A couple of them were on tipped balls. The bounces didnâ€™t go our way tonight,â€ Fedderly said.
Kaneland sophomores went over Huntley in the nightâ€™s first game, 28-24.
Kanelandâ€™s next project is going to Rochelle on Friday, Sept. 11. The Knights have taken two of the last three meetings.
Photo: Knight Brock Dyer (32) finds himself in the middle of a Red Raider jam during Friday nightâ€™s 17-14 losing effort against visiting Huntley.
Photo by Ryan Wells