Photo: Knight Matt Kucera (15) goes up to defend an end zone pass during the 44-0 takedown of Brooks Prep of Chicago on Friday night. The victory elevates Kaneland’s opening night win streak to seven. Photo by Ben Draper
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—In a usual school setting, a person described as a handful isn’t an ideal description.
In Kaneland High School football’s case, the Knights couldn’t be happier.
It would be accurate in describing RB/WR Quinn Buschbacher after his performance on Friday night.
The senior acted on being the go-to option on many a play with a four-touchdown performance in a 44-0 win over the Brooks Prep Eagles of Chicago.
The Knights begin 1-0, as they have done every year since 2005.
Both coach and weapon agreed the senior was in his element. It comes in an ideal time, especially with the graduation of targets like Tyler Callaghan, Taylor Andrews and Kyle Davidson, and the transfer of Daniel Helm.
“Quinn is not only one of the biggest playmakers on the team, but in the conference,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “He made a lot of great plays for us last year, and we’re expecting much more of him this year.”
Buschbacher busted through on a swing pass for a 67-yard catch-and-run touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.
It was shades of Brock Dyer’s touchdown catch on the first play from scrimmage two years ago against Burlington Central.
“With our offense, I feel we can put as many points up as we want, any game,” Buschbacher said. “I feel like we have the capability to do that.”
In his first starting quarterback assignment, sophomore Drew David went 14-for-20 for 203 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Buschbacher was the leading rusher in the spread offense, with 47 yards on five carries and three scores. Sean Carter earned the leading receiver mantle with six catches for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Eagles quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw was 9-for-25 for 159 yards.
Kaneland put forth 289 yards of total offense, compared to 190 with Brooks.
A slot pass on the first offensive play of 2011 Football continued on page saw Buschbacher whizz his way by Eagle defenders just 22 seconds into the contest for a 7-0 lead.
On the next drive, eight plays got Kaneland in position for a five-yard touchdown run by Buschbacher to go up 14-0 with four minutes, 49 seconds left in the first quarter. On the Knights’ third drive, Buschbacher took the ball and ran around left end for a nine-yard score that capped a six-play drive. The tally increased the edge to 21-0 with 52 ticks left in the quarter.
The second quarter proved equally as prolific for KHS, thanks to a Jesse Balluff two-yard touchdown run with 5:43 left, a Buschbacher 23-yard touchdown run with 2:53 to go, and a rainbow pass to Carter with :28 remaining.
The lone score for Kaneland in the second half was in the fourth quarter on a 42-yard kick by Matt Rodriguez.
In sophomore play, Kaneland came away with a 32-6 win.
On Friday, Sept. 2, Kaneland hosts Huntley High School. KHS and the Red Raiders have split the previous two encounters. Huntley lost to visiting Crystal Lake Central by a 28-6 clip on Friday.
KNIGHTS QB SEASON OPENERS:
A Look Back at their first Week 1 efforts
2011: Drew David 14-of-20, 203 yards, 2 TD 1 INT
2008: Joe Camiliere 16-of-24, 213 yards, 2 TD 1 INT
2007: Jody Henningson 16-of-22, 201 yards, 2 TD
2005: Boone Thorgesen 25-of-31, 302 yards, 2 TD
2004: Drew Sterkel 9-of-21, 97 yards, 1 INT