The Streator football team decided that they were going to make Kaneland quarterback Drew David beat them with his arm by loading the defense up to stop the run.
David proved to be up to the task and them some as he threw for 5 touchdowns and ran for another in leading the Knights to a 42-0 in a Northern Illinois Big XII crossover matchup.
"I didn't even know I had 6, that's never happened before, that's pretty crazy," said David. "All the credit goes to my teammates for that, wow."
Kaneland (4-0) took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards on 10 plays in just over three minutes. The drive resulted in the game's first score when David hit John Pruett with a 14-yard TD pass. It was the first of three touchdown receptions for Pruett and the Knights would score on every possession of the first half to jump out to a 27-0 lead.
"We knew we wanted to come out and put it on them right away," said David. "We wanted to try and get ourselves a lead so our defense would have a little cushion and we came out and did just what we wanted to do."
Streator (0-4) put together its only real drive of the night in the first quarter behind the running of Lane Elmore. The Bulldogs went for it on fourth-and-4 at the Kaneland 24 but linebacker Gary Koehring knifed into the backfield and took down Elmore for a loss and a turnover on downs.
Just over two minutes later, David scored on a 16-yard run to push the Knights' lead to 13-0. That was quickly followed by a 59-yard catch and run by Brandon Bishop on which Bishop took a short pass and exploded down the field on the first play of the second quarter make it 20-0.
Pruett extended the lead when caught his second TD of the night with under a minute to play in the first half. Connor Fedderly also had a good night catching the ball with 7 receptions for 73 yards and he also had a TD catch in the second half.
"We have a lot of wide receivers that are super athletic and they just make plays," said David. "I know if I get the ball anywhere near them they are going to make a play and get the ball so I have a lot faith in them."
Despite the 27-0 halftime lead, the Kaneland coaching staff was unhappy with the defensive effort in the first half and let their team know about it. The defense responded in the third quarter forcing three consecutive three-and-outs and holding the Bulldogs to three total yards in the third quarter and 9 yards for the entire second half.
"Give them credit, they started driving on us and we just didn't like how our kids responded to them getting some yards on us," said Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly. "We need to play with some emotion on that side of the ball and we weren't getting that so we let them know it."