Bring on the playoffs -- the Jacobs Golden Eagles are ready.
Paced by 175 yards on 9 carries and 5 touchdowns by Loren Strickland Jacobs qualified for the postseason for the seventh time in 8 years during the Bill Mitz era with an impressive 42-7 win over Hampshire in Fox Valley Conference action in Algonquin Friday night.
Strickland scored on runs of 56, 8,5,50 and 41 yards.
"We on this team don't care who scores," said Strickland. "We just want to win. We need to clean up all the mistakes we made tonight going into the playoffs. My offensive line is phenomenal. They open huge holes the whole game. I am excited for the playoffs. We went to the quarters last year. We hope to go a little further."
Mitz believes the FVC gets his team ready for the playoffs.
"Playing in the FVC is a physical grind every week," said Mitz. "Its gets you ready for the playoffs. We played well except for the Cary game where we didn't show up. We have a good mindset going into the playoffs."
Led by 3 scores from Strickland, Jacobs (6-3, 5-3) grabbed a 21-0 advantage with 9:24 left in the first half.
Junior quarterback Anthony Wilson enjoyed a solid game for the Eagles completing 6-of-8 passes for 107 yards.
John Farrissey, who played only a quarter and a half because of an ankle injury, caught 3 passes for 78 yards.
"We had a good lead and we took John out for precautionary reasons," said Mitz. "We wanted to make sure he is ready for the playoffs."
The Jacobs defense also got into the act as junior linebacker Aidan Sproule intercepted a Drew Dalby pass and raced 27 yards for a touchdown.
"Aidan did a great job of spying the Hampshire receiver," said Mitz. "He made a great read. I was very happy for Aidan. He is a very hard worker."
Reserve linebacker Dylan Campbell also collected an interception for the winners.
Hampshire's (1-8, 1-7) only touchdown of the game came on a 4-yard run by Nicolas Rummell with 7:35 left in the first half.
Dalby, who was pressured all night by the Eagles and sacked 5 times, completed 13-of-37 passes for 122 yards.
Rummell caught 6 passes for 31 yards and Zachary Golden snared 4 passes for 64 yards.
"I am very proud of these kids," said Hampshire coach Mike Brasille. "We battled injuries and lot of adversity this season. We fought every week in this conference which is a meat grinder. There are no easy games. All the teams in the conference which makes the playoffs will be ready because of the toughness of the conference. We need to get better so we can compete with the big boys."