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Football: Drew David leads Kaneland to victory

Kaneland's JR Vest stretches for long pass intended for Brooks' CliftLloyd. | Patrick Gleas~ For Sun-Times Media

Kaneland's JR Vest stretches for a long pass intended for Brooks' Clifton Lloyd. | Patrick Gleason ~ For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 25, 2012 10:55PM

Drew David, who had plenty of big games last season, had another one Saturday in Kaneland’s opener.

The junior quarterback rallied the Knights to a 25-24 win over Brooks at Gately Stadium, throwing for 275 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns to Zack Martinelli.

David hit Martinelli for 30 yards to the Brooks 9-yard line with 3:24 left in the game and then found the senior with the game-winner on the next play with 3:11 remaining.

“The whole game they were either bringing six or seven (rushers) or they were dropping eight (back),” David said. “That time (on the 30-yard gain) they were dropping eight, my line did a great job of protecting me. I just stepped up and made the throw.

“On the touchdown, they were in man coverage on the back side, so we just ran a hitch. Zack made a guy miss and he got a touchdown.”

David also threw a 62-yard scoring pass to Martinelli with 4:20 left in the third quarter to pull Kaneland within 24-13. Nate Dyer’s 2-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter cut the deficit to 24-19.

“I had faith in my team,” Martinelli said. “I knew we were going to pull it out. It was just like last year against DeKalb (a 49-38 win).

“Once we settled down and got back in that rhythm, we’re a hard team to stop.”

The Knights’ defense also stepped up after halftime.

“They were running the sweeps outside, then they started running some option and we were having problems with our option responsibility,” Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly said. “In the second half we made some adjustments, tried to bring some heat from the outside, make it so they couldn’t get the edge as much as they did in the first half.”

David did the rest.

“He’s a real competitive kid,” Fedderly said. “He’s a kid who can make some mistakes. When the game’s on the line, he wants to win no matter how pretty it looks or how ugly it looks.”

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