Knights struggle all game long in 21-7 loss to Glenbard S.
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARKâ€”In less than desirable conditions, Kaneland football neither reigned nor poured it on Friday.
Glenbard South came into enemy territory for the Knightsâ€™ homecoming and came out with a 21-7 win.
Kaneland drops to 4-2 (3-1 Western Sun Conference), while Glenbard South improved to 4-2 (3-1 Western Sun Conference).
This marked the third straight victory for the Raiders over Kaneland. The Knights had not beaten the Raiders sincer 2006. The game marked the last outing between the two football programs for the foreseeable future, due to the dismantling of the WSC, effective at the end of the school year.
The Knights amassed just 125 yards of total offense and succumbed to Glenbard Southâ€™s 353 total yards. GS quarterback Trace Wanless passed for just 83 yards, but had a touchdown pass and rushed for 148 himself with a touchdown.
â€œHeâ€™s a special player and a great athlete,â€ KHS coach Tom Fedderly said about the Raiders signal-caller.
Joe Camaliere was 9-for-18 for 92 yards and a touchdown. Ryley Bailey had two catches for 48 yards.
The scoring started on Glenbard Southâ€™s third drive, when on the fourth play, Wanless completed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Nick Slezak in the flat for a touchdown. Glenbard Southâ€™s score gave them a 7-0 lead with :28 left in the frame.
Kaneland fought back with its first drive of the second quarter, with a 7-play, 64-yard drive. Bailey caught a screen and followed his blockers for a 42-yard touchdown that came with 8:13 remaining in the half to tie the score.
Kanelandâ€™s offense struggled thereafter, coming up empty on five second-half drives.
Meanwhile, Glenbard South took the lead (14-7) for good on a 10-yard TD run by fullback John Hentges, capping an eight-play, 60-yard drive with 7:33 left in the third.
After the Knights punted away, Wanless called his own number on the second-play of the next drive and scored on a 52-yard run with 4:46 to go in the third for a 21-7 lead.
The Knights players and coaching staff look to rebound against DeKalb on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10.
DeKalb comes into the contest at 1-5 (0-4) on a five-game losing streak, and got trounced 55-0 on Friday at Geneva.
â€œWe told them next weekâ€™s the biggest game of the season, and we want to see how they respond and prove themselves every week and get better,â€ Fedderly said.
Photo: Knight Joe Camaliere (12) tries to evade Glenbard South tacklers for a positive gain during Fridayâ€™s 21-7 loss. The Homecoming night contest marks the last conference outing between the two programs. Photo by Ben Draper