Jacobs handles Dundee-Crown for 6th win
Nazir Canty endured 2 losing seasons along with a shortened junior season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All the tough times have changed for the better for the Jacobs senior.
Rushing for 119 yards on 8 carries with 2 touchdowns in less than 3 quarters, Canty helped the Golden Eagles to a 47-14 win over Dundee-Crown in Fox Valley Conference action Friday night in Carpentersville.
The Eagles, who were last in the playoffs in 2017, end the regular season with a 6-3 mark.
"We were predicted to go 3-6 and that really fired us up," said Canty. "We flipped the narrative. The first 3 years were tough, but we all bought into coach (Brian) Zimmerman. We played tough all season and are looking forward to the playoffs."
Zimmerman was happy for Canty and the seniors who are making their first trip to the postseason.
"Naz (Nazir) has gone through a lot during his career," said Zimmerman. "I am so happy for him and the seniors. They are a very tight group. All the kids have bought in. We are looking forward to the playoffs. We will get on a bus next week and do the best we can."
Jacobs, which ran for 344 yards, got 116 yards on 10 carries from Ben Ludlum, who scored touchdowns on runs of 39 and 5 yards.
Mike Almeda rushed 7 times for 79 yards which included a TD run of 40 yards.
Jacobs quarterback Max Benner completed 4-of-8 passes for 67 yards. Sophomore tight end Grant Stec grabbed 2 passes for 37 yards and split end Nick True corralled 2 passes for 30 yards.
The Jacobs defense, which registered 2 safeties, held D-C to 35 yards rushing.
Dundee-Crown sophomore quarterback Zach Randl completed 9-of-15 passes for 122 yards which included a 25-yard scoring strike to brother Drew. Hunter Guyon led the Chargers (0-9, 0-9) with 4 catches for 62 yards while Drew Randl grabbed 3 passes for 35 yards and Anthony Aguilar caught 2 balls for 25 yards.