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Kaneland turns back Huntley’s second-half rally

Updated: September 1, 2012 1:26AM

After a dominant first half, Kaneland held off a spirited third quarter comeback from Huntley to come away with a 52-35 win Friday night at Huntley.

Ranked No. 7 in the Class 6A state rankings coming into play, the Knights (2-0) looked every bit the part of a powerhouse in the first half, as quarterback Drew David threw for 225 yards and four touchdowns before the break in building a 35-7 halftime lead.

However, the Red Raiders (0-2) marched 80 yards on nine plays to open the second-half scoring, and that seemingly gave their defense a much-needed momentum boost.

The next two Kaneland drives were stopped short by interceptions from Tyler Schwartz and Eddie Dalton and the Raiders capitalized both times. A Kameron Sallee 20-yard touchdown run and a touchdown strike from Sallee to Jake Lackovic trimmed the Knights lead to just seven with 4:44 to play in the third quarter.

“I thought our defense reacted exactly the way I would want to in the second half,” said Huntley coach John Hart. “I think we definitely took another step forward tonight.”

Kaneland took charge from there, though, pounding the run and hitting on first-down passes when needed, and a 1-yard run from Nate Dyer with 9:31 to go in the fourth gave the Knights a two-score cushion. From there, a Matt Rodriguez 24-yard field goal on their next possession put things out of reach at 45-28.

“Coming out in the third quarter, I have to say those guys showed a lot of guts and they didn’t quit,” said Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly. “They made it a game, but our kids showed some character too and came back and responded after that.”

David finished the game 24-of-39 passing for 341 yards and four touchdowns while also leading the rushing attack with 96 yards and a score on 14 carries.

Zack Martinelli led the receiving game with eight catches for 98 yards and three touchdowns, while Kyle Pollastrini added six catches for 116 yards and Dylan Nauert chipped in 40 yards and a touchdown.

“We were firing offensively all first half, but in the second half their D-line started to make some plays,” Martinelli said. “Our defense stepped up when they needed though and the offense did a great job closing out the game.”

For Huntley, Sallee went 9-of-30 passing for 137 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He also led the team with 77 rushing yards and a pair of scores on the ground.

Bryce Beschorner had six catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Raiders, while Lackovic accounted for the rest of the team’s receiving yards with five catches for 72 yards.

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