Prairie Ridge dominates Jacobs
Excelling in all facets of the game, Prairie Ridge cruised past Jacobs 42-2 in Fox Valley Conference action in Algonquin Friday night.
The Wolves spoiled the Golden Eagles Homecoming and the 2-time defending Class 6A state champs became playoff eligible with their fifth win of the season.
"We have seen spurts of playing well all season but tonight was the first game all season we played four quarters of football and excelled in all phases -- offense, defense, special teams," said Prairie Ridge coach Chris Schremp. "We were balanced on offense. We ran the ball well and mixed in a pass and a reverse. Defensively, we pressured the quarterback and our secondary played their best game of the season with 2 interceptions. It was a big game for us and Jacobs. It was a huge win."
The option engineered by junior quarterback Connor Lydon complied 355 yards on 40 carries. Jackson Willis spearheaded the Wolves' (5-1, 5-1) running attack with 170 yards on 16 carries which included touchdown runs of 58 and 40 yards.
Lydon ran 9 times for 56 yards and reached paydirt on TD runs of 12 and 5 yards. The junior signal caller completed 3-of-6 passes for 54 yards including a 14-yard scoring pass to Carter Evans.
Evans also scored on a 22-yard touchdown run on a reverse.
"They were bringing a lot of pressure so we had to throw the ball and use the reverse to loosen up their defense," said Schremp. "We really executed our offense well. Connor ran the option well and threw the ball well. Carter did a great job with executing the reverse. He is a real weapon."
The PR defense held the Golden Eagles' offense to 44 yards rushing and 153 yards passing, 197 total yards and 13 first downs.
Drew Fryer and Ty Baker came up with interceptions for the Wolves.
Junior backup quarterback Cole Bhardwaj completed 11-of-33 passes for 153 and 2 interceptions for the Eagles. Senior receiver Daniel Klein snared 5 passes for 91 yards while Joshua Hill grabbed 2 passes for 17 yards.
Jacob Mobeck led the rushing attack for the Eagles (3-3, 3-2) with 29 yards on 6 attempts. Jacobs' only points of the game came on a punt snap by PR which went out of the end zone. Defensively, Tommy Subaric had an interception.
"We are really banged up and don't have a lot of depth in a lot of positions," said Jacobs assistant coach Robert Smith. "We have played 2 really good teams the last 2 weeks, Prairie Ridge really played well in all areas of the game. Their option is tough to stop,"