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Kaneland’s defense dominates in 48-0 shutout

Kaneland's Drew David (4) drops back pocket against Belvidere. | Sean King~For Sun-Times Media.

Kaneland's Drew David (4) drops back in the pocket against Belvidere. | Sean King~For Sun-Times Media.

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Updated: November 29, 2012 6:43AM

What a difference a year makes.

Kaneland’s defense was torched by Belvidere quarterback Troy Vandenbroek last year but managed to hang on for a 51-45 first-round playoff win. The Knights were having none of it this year.

Sparked by three interceptions from junior Dylan Nauert, Kaneland pitched a shutout and had a running clock from the 3:10 mark of the third quarter in a 48-0 win over the Bucs.

“I’ve gotta give credit to the defensive line and linebackers for shutting down the run and getting in there and putting pressure on (Vandenbroek),” said Nauert, whose second-quarter pick led to the second of two Matt Rodriguez (35, 24) field goals in the first half.

His two third-quarter picks led to a Nate Dyer 3-yard TD run in the rout.

“Those guys were getting in there and he didn’t get a chance to get many good throws,” Nauert said.

Vandenbroek, a four-year starter, had a miserable night, finishing just 10 of 24 for 50 yards.

“What a great night for Dylan,” said Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly. “We gave him a tough assignment, defending No. 23 (Kane Steger), who had a good game against us last year. It was a big responsibility but he came through big.”

It was apparent early on this would be the Knights’ night. Junior Jesse Balluf, running out of the wildcat formation, took a direct snap and went 41 yards for a score on the opening possession.

The snap on Belvidere’s first play sailed over Vandenbroek’s head and LB Blake Bradford recovered at the Bucs 7. Four plays later Balluff, who ran 16 times for 105 yards, pounded it in from the 1 and the rout was on.

“Last year we really looked past them because we were a No. 1 seed and they were 5-4,” admitted Balluff, “but they play in a really good conference and we didn’t know that. They had 600 yards (of offense) and we weren’t letting that happen again.”

Belvidere was held to just 58 yards rushing, netting only three on the ground, and had just one first-half first down (three minutes into the second quarter) and three for the game.

Kaneland rolled up 201 yards rushing and junior QB Drew David completed 8 of 17 passes for 130 yards and one interception, including a sweet catch and throw to Kyle Pollastrini in the third quarter that covered 56 yards for a score.

Kaneland moves on to play Lincoln-Way West, which manhandled the Knights’ Northern Illinois Big 12 East Conference mate Rochelle 35-0 on Friday night.

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