Jacobs knocks off Huntley
With Huntley racking up 56 points in a 56-0 whitewashing of McHenry to open the Fox Valley Conference and 2019 season last week, Jacobs coach Bill Mitz knew his defense would have to come up with a stellar effort.
The Golden Eagles defense passed the test with flying colors.
Limiting the Red Raiders to a late touchdown, Jacobs produced 2 first-half touchdowns and held on for a 14-7 win in Algonquin Friday.
"We haven't had this big win in a long time," said Mitz. "We lost a tough one to Huntley here 2 years ago, so this is a great win against a very good team. Our red shirts really prepared our defense for this game in practice this week. They did a great job of simulating Huntley's offense. We came out and our guys were fired up and we were flying to the ball all night long. Hopefully we will get some respect with this win."
Senior defensive back Nicholas Agenlian led the defensive charge for the Eagles with an interception, 2 pass breakups and a tackle for loss.
"We as a defense were really focused this week knowing that stopping Huntley's offense would be tough," said Agenlian. "We did a lot of film study studying their tendencies. We were really in the zone for 4 quarters and played with a chip on our shoulder. I am really proud of the guys."
Senior Travis Tanner also had a pick off and a pass break up for the winners.
"Nick and Travis did a great job of covering their receivers tight," said Mitz. "They give us great leadership in the secondary."
The Jacobs (2-0, 2-0) defense held the Red Raiders to only 223 yards of total offense (123 rushing, 100 passing) and 12 first downs.
Huntley junior quarterback Bruno Bosman, who was harassed all night by Jacobs' aggressive defense, was 11-for-33 for 100 yards with 2 interceptions. Bosman scored the Red Raiders' only touchdown of the night on a 7-yard run with 2:21 remaining.
Ryder Havens gained 97 yards on 19 carries and grabbed 2 passes for 8 yards for the Raiders.
"Give Bill (Mitz) credit, Jacobs had a very good game plan for us," said Huntley coach Matt Zimzolak. "But, we didn't execute offensively, defensively or on special teams."
Jacobs scored both its touchdowns in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Cole Bhardwaj hooked up with Max Stec for a 21-yard touchdown with 4:08 left in the first half.
Set up by an interception from Tanner and a 29-yard catch by Stec, the Eagles grabbed a 2-score lead on a 1-yard TD run by Jacob Mobeck.
Bhardwaj completed 8-of-14 passes for 92 yards and a score. Stec caught 2 passes for 50 yards and a TD.
Mobeck bulldozed his way for 54 yards on 20 carries with a TD.