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BARBS

27

Vs.

CARMEL CATHOLIC

7

DeKalb gets second crack at Lake Park

DeKalb gets second crack at Lake Park

By EDDIE CARIFIO-Daily Chronicle 

DeKALB – Already having matched its win total from last year, Lake Park has started the year with come-from-behind wins against DuPage Valley Conference foes Waubonsie Valley and Wheaton Warrenville South.

DeKalb football coach Matt Weckler said his Barbs (2-0) aren't going to be caught off guard by the Lancers (2-0) when the teams meet Friday in DeKalb.

"I thought they were a good football team last year but they play in a tough conference," Weckler said. "I think they are definitely a year-in, year-out playoff-caliber football team that just plays a brutal schedule."
Last year, the Lancers trailed the Barbs 21-0 at halftime. They scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half for a 28-21 win.

"I thought they were a good football team last year but they play in a tough conference," Weckler said. "I think they are definitely a year-in, year-out playoff-caliber football team that just plays a brutal schedule."

Last year, the Lancers trailed the Barbs 21-0 at halftime. They scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half for a 28-21 win.

 

Senior defensive lineman Zach Donahue said the loss left a bad taste and the Barbs will be "coming pretty hard" for the Lancers.

"Just cause you're up 21 doesn't mean the game is over," Donahue said. "Anybody can come back. Everybody has a fighting chance no matter what."

Defensive back Jordan Gandy said the team learned not to become complacent.

"You always have to finish." Gandy said. "Even if you are up you have to play to the end of the game. We'll definitely do that this year."

The Lancers opened with a 36-34 win against Waubonsie Valley, forcing a late turnover to cap a comeback from down 21-13 at halftime. Last week against WW South, the Lancers were down 14-0 late in the first half.

Now the Lancers have matched their win total from a year ago as they search for their first playoff berth since 2009, when they qualified for the Class 8A tournament.

The Barbs will try to limit the time the Lancers, and quarterback Jackson Behles, spend on the field. Behles was 12 for 20 for 83 yards in the first half against DeKalb last year, but finished the game 21 for 36 for 339 yards and three touchdown passes.

"I'm very impressed with our defense, but at the same time I'm impressed with what Lake Park does on offense," Weckler said. "It's going to be a great test. Our guys definitely have to play up to their potential, if not above their potential."

That will fall to the potent DeKalb rushing attack, led by Jaylen Hobson. The junior has 342 yards and four touchdowns on 54 carries this year. Senior quarterback Noah Valin has also rushed for 281 yards and three touchdowns this year as running has become the focal point for the Barbs after two years of being a pass-first team.

"It's a different schematic than last year," Weckler said. "Last year we were able to throw the ball and get yards, this year we are able to run the ball and get yardage. We really are focused on first downs. ... That's what we want – move the chains, move the chains, move the chains and rely on our defense to get some stops."

 

While Weckler said last year is in the past, he said that the team is wary of letting their guard down should they get a lead against the Lancers.

"They were able to comeback on us last year. They've been able to come back on two teams already this year," Weckler said. "It's more knowing we have to play four quarters to get a victory against a quality football team."