Jacobs makes the big plays in win over Dundee-Crown
Two momentum changing plays propelled Jacobs to a 42-14 Fox Valley Conference win over Dundee-Crown Friday night in Carpentersville.
The two key Golden Eagles plays were a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown and an end zone interception.
The Chargers took an early lead in the contest, scoring on their first possession of game. A 3-yard TD on an Amairie Jones run capped a 56-yard, eight-play drive. D-C did not have much time to savor being ahead of its rival.
Nicholas Agenlian returned the ensuing Charger kick for 99 yards to tie the score at 7-7.
"A great special teams performance," Agenlian said. "We came into the game knowing that the right side was going to be open. The guys did a great job of setting up blocks and they did a great job of double teaming and just finding the open lane for me."
Near the end of the first half and trailing 21-7, D-C (0-3, 0-3) threatened to score. With 18.9 seconds left to play and the Chargers at Jacobs' 1-yard line, quarterback Evan Echlin threw a pass into the end zone. Jacobs defensive back Travis Tanner grabbed the ball to preserve his team's lead.
"You just can't give up the big play," said D-C coach Mike Steinhaus. "We moved the ball on them. We didn't execute down at the end of the second quarter. That would have been a big one for us, we would have been down only 21-14 and getting the ball in the third quarter."
The two Golden Eagles second quarter touchdowns were scored on running plays -- a 2-yard run by Nasir Canty (11 carries for 53 yards) on Jacobs' opening drive of the frame and a 1-yard Jacob Mobeck run.
Jacobs (3-0, 3-0) broke the game open in the third quarter with two more TDs. Max Stec was responsible for both scores. With 3:51 left in the quarter, the junior wide receiver caught a 35-yard pass from QB Cole Bhardwai for a touchdown. On the Golden Eagles' next drive, Stec and Bhardwai connected for a 65-yard scoring pass.
The senior QB finished the night completing 8 of 11 pass for 200 yards. Stec had 4 receptions for 172 yards.
The squads traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Mobeck scored his second TD on an 11-yard run with 10:20 left to play to put Jacobs up 42-7. Charger Shanquan Watson (80 yards on 13 carries) crossed the goal line on a 10-yard run.