After disheartening losses to Cary-Grove and Huntley the past two weeks, Jacobs was looking for a win any way it could get one.
Hunter Williams and Greg Sidor ensured the Golden Eagles' losing skid would stop at 2.
Williams caught 2 touchdown passes from Bret Mooney in the first half while Sidor rushed for 3 touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Jacobs scored 20 unanswered points in the final 12 minutes to pull out a 34-16 win over Prairie Ridge in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action at PR Stadium in Crystal Lake Friday night.
"The kids really bounced back after two very tough losses," said Jacobs coach Bill Mitz. "We came up with big plays on offense and the defense got some turnovers. It was a good win."
Williams provided the offensive fireworks for Jacobs (4-3, 2-2) in the first half. The junior wide receiver caught TD passes of 21 and 49 yards in the first half as the Golden Eagles led 14-3 at intermission. Williams ended the game with 5 catches for 123 yards.
PR (2-5, 0-4) ambushed the Golden Eagles for 2 scores in the third quarter on a 27-yard run by Ross Carpenter and an 80-yard run by quarterback Sean Folliard as the Wolves led 16-14 after 3 quarters.
But it was Sidor to the rescue in the fourth quarter. The senior, who ran for 103 yards on 23 carries, scored on runs of 2, 2 and 25 yards as the Golden Eagles wore down the Wolves during the final 12 minutes.
"When PR got the lead in the third quarter, the seniors got together and said we weren't going to lose," said Sidor. "The offense got some great pushes and opened some huge holes."
Mooney completed 16-of-26 passes for 278 yards with 2 scores and 2 interceptions. Backing up Williams was Jake Gierlak, who caught 8 passes for 107 yards.
Jacobs' aggressive defense recovered 3 PR fumbles, 1 each by Connor Conzelman, Greg McLeod and Joe Gonzalez.
Folliard, who also had an interception, ran 22 times for 127 yards with a TD run.
"The kids are fighting and working hard," said PR coach Chris Schremp. "It has been one of those seasons. We have had injury after injury and we are constantly changing kids around to different positions. This offense, to run smoothly, needs continuity and we just haven't had that this year because of the injuries."