Cary-Grove stomps Jacobs

By Dave Hess
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 10/5/2018 11:08 PM

No, Quinn Priester didn't sell concessions at halftime.

The talented senior did all his work on the football field.

Priester, the starting quarterback for Cary-Grove last season, was the Trojans' split end as a sophomore.

As quarterback Ben McDonald's favorite target, Priester grabbed 3 touchdown passes for 57 yards and on defense collected 2 interceptions as the Trojans moved to a perfect 7-0 for the season with a 49-14 victory over Jacobs in Fox Valley Conference action in Cary Friday night.

Priester's TD passes were of 20, 20 and 17 yards.

Because of lightning and heavy rains the game ended with 9:33 remaining.

"I played receiver as a sophomore so it is like riding a bicycle," said Priester. "It hasn't been a hard transition at all. Ben and I are really clicking right now. We are getting better every week. He makes the exact perfect throw where I can catch it. We have a great running game. With the passing game we are more 2-dimensional as a offense. On defense, both interceptions were on wheel routes. I was in the right place at the right time."

Cary-Grove coach Brad Seaburg is impressed with Priester's athletic ability.

"Quinn is so physically gifted that is why is a Division I pitcher and a major league prospect," said the Cary-Grove coach. "He catches the ball wherever it is thrown and Quinn and Ben have great chemistry. On defense, he knows where the ball is and is able to get in good position to make the interceptions."

McDonald, who misfired on his first pass of the game, completed his final 9 for 156 yards and 5 touchdown passes. Danny Daigle snared 5 passes for 93 yards and 2 touchdowns of 20 and 33 yards.

"Danny does a great job in the passing game," said Seaburg. "He gets open, runs good routes and has good hands."

The Trojans running game produced 261 yards led by Blake Skol with 105 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown run of 3 yards.

Daigle, who contributed 179 yards of total offense, ran for 86 yards on 8 carries while McDonald added 64 yards on 16 carries including a TD run of the 7 yards.

The Trojan defense paced by Priester's 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery by Jake Johnson, held Jacobs (3-4, 3-3) to 200 total yards and 9 first downs.

Jake Michels led the Golden Eagles rushing attack with 93 yards on 10 carries with a 57-yard touchdown run. Jake Mobeck carried the ball 9 times for 81 yards.

Junior back up quarterback Cole Bhardwaj completed 4-of-12 passes for 60 yards, 2 interceptions and a 4-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Van De Linde.

Seaburg is looking forward to next week's showdown at 2-time defending Class 6A champion Prairie Ridge.

"We are playing well and like where we are at with a 7-0 record," said the Cary-Grove coach. "To be 8-0 we have to beat the state champs."

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