Cary-Grove's offense isn't complicated. It is just effective.
Spearheaded by 203 yards and 5 touchdowns from Max Skol, the Trojans ground out 489 yards in posting an impressive 52-26 victory over Jacobs in Fox Valley Conference action in Cary Friday night.
"Cary's offense is machine like," said Jacobs coach Bill Mitz. "They beat us up. We had a lot of mistakes on defense and had a lot of missed assignments. They are a good football team and so are we. We need to learn from our mistakes and get ready to play a good McHenry team next week."
The Trojans (3-1, 3-1) set the tone on their first offensive play of the game. With the offensive line opening a huge hole, Skol scored on a 67-yard run with only 1:49 elapsed in the game.
"We get a three-and-out on defense and score on the first play from scrimmage.," said Cary-Grove coach Brad Seaburg. "It was a great way to start the game. We certainly didn't expect that against a team the caliber of Jacobs. It was our best offensive game of the season. Max ran really well. He has great breakaway speed and is certainly the X-factor in our offense. The offensive line really moved people and were outstanding."
Skol had plenty of help in the running game from junior Danny Daigle, who ran 9 times for 157 yards and had TD runs of 25 and 10 yards. Daigle's 10-yard TD scamper gave the Trojans a 22-7 lead with 3:56 left in the first half. He also collected an interception.
The TD was set up by a fumble recovery from Andrew Stokes.
The Golden Eagles (2-2, 2-2) got within striking distance with 2:08 left before the half on a 1-yard TD run from Stephen Kavanaugh to cut the Trojans' lead to 22-14 at intermission.
"We made a lot of mistakes in the first half," said Mitz. "But we were playing hard and were still in the ballgame."
The Trojans seized control of the game with 2 early touchdowns in the third quarter. Skol scored on runs of 41 and 12 yards to increase the lead to 38-14 with 7:11 remaining in the third quarter.
"The offensive line was opening huge holes all game long," said Skol. "It was nice to get the lead on the first play. We were moving the ball the whole game but we need to get better and pay attention more to details."
Jacobs was able to amass 362 yards of total offense, 137 rushing and 225 passing while compiling 23 first downs.
Junior quarterback Anthony Wilson completed 14-of-27 passes for 225 yards with an interception. Wilson tossed a 43-yard TD pass to Caleb Walker.
Jermaine Maegdlin-Ferguson snared 4 passes for 58 yards.
Loren Strickland toted the ball 15 times for 96 yards and reached pay dirt on runs of 2 and 20 yards.