DeKalb stops Naperville North in DVC
DeKalb remained undefeated in DuPage Valley Conference play after knocking off Naperville North 49-19 Friday night in DeKalb.
The Barbs rushing attack netted 249 yards and 4 touchdowns, including 2 from junior running back Trenton McCollum. The Barbs also forced 4 Huskies turnovers.
DeKalb coach Keith Snyder said he was happy his team could put away a tough Naperville North team that came from behind to beat Waubonsie Valley in Week 5.
"We really tried to make sure our kids understand that (Naperville North) was powerful and we had to come ready to go," Snyder said. "I think the focus from the opening kick to the last second on the clock is what impressed me the most."
Naperville North got the first points of the game in the first quarter on an 18-yard touchdown catch by senior wide receiver Damien Welch. DeKalb responded with a 20-yard touchdown run by senior running back Jalon Redmond to tie the game just 32 seconds later.
McCollum's first touchdown run made it 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. An interception on the opening play of the second quarter was returned for a touchdown by Barbs sophomore linebacker Lukes Schmerbach.
The Huskies threw another interception on their next drive, their second of what would eventually be three for the game. DeKalb junior quarterback Trenton Kyler scored on a 2-yard run to extend their lead the following drive, but the Huskies kept their hopes alive with a 19-yard touchdown catch by sophomore receiver Zeke Williams.
McCollum completed a drive with a 5-yard touchdown run late in the second to make the score 35-13 at halftime.
It wasn't just on the ground that McCollum hurt the Huskies but also in the passing game. The Barbs opened the second half with a scoring drive capped off with a 37-yard screen catch and run by McCollum.
Naperville North found the end zone late in the third on another Welch touchdown catch, but a failed 2-point conversion and their next two drives ending with turnovers ended the Huskies' night on a sour note.
The Barbs record moves to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in conference play with a pair of road games remaining on their schedule, starting with Naperville Central next week. The Huskies fall to 2-5 and 2-2 in conference games with the other undefeated team in the conference, Neuqua Valley, visiting next week.