Huskie football wins against DeKalb in homecoming game

Will Richards and Bella Nordman

The Naperville North High School varsity football team won their homecoming game against DeKalb High School on Friday, Sept. 23.  

The Huskies (4-1) defeated the Barbs (3-2) with a final score of 38-21.

Both offenses came out firing with both teams scoring on their respective opening drives. DeKalb opened the game with an 80-yard run 15 seconds into the game, and North responded with a 15-yard touchdown pass to junior Luke Williams. The pace slowed with the half ending at a score of 14-14. Senior tight end Peyton Seiple gives credit to his teammates on making it through the Barbs defense.

“Aidan Gray, Jackson Kerstin, Troy Salela they were powering through the defense. Our run game was amazing. Nate Jacobs, Cole Arl and Danny Eloe all great supporters of the team rushed the rock really well,” Seiple said.

The Huskies’ defense was equally as important in ensuring another success, only giving up seven points in the second half. Assistant coach and defensive coordinator Chris Arthurs discusses the adjustment and flexibility needed for the Huskies to bring home another win. 

“We had a rough start, then we came out and our guys were really good at getting adjusted and playing physical second half… It was a great job by our guys,” Arthurs said. 

Amid homecoming week festivities, the Huskies were even more excited to finish with a solid win. Junior running back Cole Arl explains how his excitement for the weekend was amplified with the win.

“It’s always a good feeling to win on a night like this. It makes the weekend so much more enjoyable,” Arl said.

Since the Huskies have now completed five weeks of the season, it means a rivalry game is on the horizon. The Huskies will now take on Naperville Central High School in the Crosstown Classic game next week. Senior safety Cole Clemens talks about how this crosstown matchup means more after losing to the Redhawks in the playoffs.

“Central got us last year in the playoffs. It’s time for us to get our revenge game,” Clemens said.

The team will play their next game on Friday, Sept. 30 against Naperville Central. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m at North Central College.