by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Football schedules for the upcoming 2012 season were released by the Illinois High School Association on Thursday, allowing the Kaneland program to see who it would kick off against—and hopefully spend much time in the endzone against, as well.
Two new opponents grace the schedule in what shapes up to be coach Tom Fedderly’s sixth year on the sidelines.
Kaneland tries to get back to similar heights and beyond, much like the 12-1 2010 and 2011 campaigns that both ended with Class 5A semifinal losses to Montini Catholic of Lombard.
It’s a potentially interesting opening stretch for KHS, which has four of its first five games on the road.
The Knights, who have now won 39 out of 55 games in the last five years, begin the 2012 season against the familiar non-conference opponents of Brooks Prep of Chicago and Huntley.
Exchanging sites this upcoming year, Kaneland will trek to Chicago to face the host Eagles, in a stadium to be determined. Brooks played several home games at Gately Stadium near 103rd and Cottage Grove. The game takes place on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. and marks the first Saturday regular season skirmish for the Knights since traveling to DeKalb High School in October 2009.
The trip to Huntley in week two takes place on Friday, Aug. 31. Huntley is the largest school Kaneland faces in the regular season, with enrollment of 2,383 students.
Then, the Northern Illinois Big XII crossover slate kicks into high gear with the home opener against Sterling on Friday, Sept. 7. The Knights and Golden Warriors’ previous two matchups occurred in playoff settings in 2006 and 2008.
Kaneland travels to Streator on Friday, Sept. 14. The Bulldogs have the smallest enrollment of a KHS opponent this year, with 876 students.
The two new West division opponents provide a switch from facing Dixon and LaSalle-Peru in the first two years of the still-new conference.
The NIB-12 stretch begins in earnest for the Knights on Friday, Sept. 21, in Rochelle, where the Knights emerged with a Class 5A quarterfinal win last November. Kaneland will have traveled to the land of the Hubs three of the last four times in the rivalry.
The Knights then host the DeKalb Barbs on Friday, Sept. 30, who have never dethroned the Knights football program since they have shared a conference. Kaneland came away with a 59-38 win on the new DeKalb grounds back in September, after falling behind by 17 points in the third quarter.
Kaneland then travels to Yorkville to face the Foxes, who play year two under famed area coach Karl Hoinkes, on Friday, Oct. 5.
The final two regular season encounters take place at Peterson Field in mid-October.
Sycamore comes to town looking for its first regular season win against Kaneland since 2007, but having a playoff win under its belt three years ago. The game is set for Friday, Oct. 12.
Finally, the Knights host Morris on Friday, Oct. 19.
All Friday games kick off at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of the Rochelle matchup.