The Jacobs defense had Greg Williams on its mind. After the Dundee-Crown tailback ran wild last week in the season opener, the Golden Eagles were determined not to allow a repeat performance.
They were successful on that score, holding Williams to 32 yards on 23 carries. The offense provided just enough support as the Eagles won, 14-0, in Fox Valley Conference action in Algonquin Friday night.
Chris Katrenick threw for a touchdown and ran for another, but the real story was the Jacobs defense, which gang-tackled Williams at every opportunity.
"I'm very proud of the way our kids played defense tonight against their running back," said Jacobs coach Bill Mitz. "They played shutout defense."
Jacobs took the lead on the first play of the second quarter when Katrenick sneaked in from the 1, capping a 63-yard drive.
Until that drive, neither offense could get much going. Penalties were a big part of the problem, with the Chargers being flagged 9 times for 70 yards and the Eagles 6 times for 55.
The Chargers appeared to seize the momentum after halftime. They tried an onside kick that Colter Russell recovered for the Chargers after a scramble. But the momentum didn't last long. On the very next play Trevor Fitzsimmons picked off Conor Ryan's pass at the 8-yard line.
But Jacobs couldn't take advantage, keeping the Chargers in the game.
D-C threatened in the fourth quarter. The Chargers had fourth and 1 at the Jacobs 27, but Williams was stopped for a 3-yard loss.
The Chargers got another chance when Michael Grant recovered a fumble at the Eagles' 40. D-C drove to the 23, but a penalty and 4 straight incompletions ended the drive.
Three plays later, Katrenick found Loren Strickland in the flat, and Strickland took it all the way in for the clinching score with 1:28 left.
Katrenick finished 12 of 28 for 188 yards and added 63 more on the ground. Ryan completed 14 of 32 for 113.