Burlington Central stuns FVC co-leader Jacobs

By Dave Hess
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 9/28/2019 9:52 PM

Brian Melvin didn't hesitate with his decision.

After Burlington Central sophomore Gavin Sarvis scored from 9 yards out with 1:09 remaining in the contest to slice Jacobs' lead to 30-29, Melvin decided to go for the 2-point conversion and the lead.


Sarvis made the coach look like a genius converting the 2-point effort and the Rockets went on to a 31-30 upset win over the Eagles in Fox Valley Conference action at Rocket Hill Saturday night.

"We couldn't stop Jacobs' offense so we needed to go for the win," said Melvin. "When we got the ball on the last possession I decided we needed to go for 2 when we scored. Even though only a sophomore I had tremendous faith in Gavin to get the 2-point conversion. We played some teams tough but this is a signature win for our program in the Fox Valley Conference. This is a great win against a great Jacobs program."

Sarvis carried the pigskin 23 times for 132 yards and scored what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown and 2-point conversion. The talented sophomore reached the end zone from 17 yards out in the first quarter.

"I am happy coach Melvin believed in me," said Sarvis. "The offensive line was outstanding all game long and I knew they opened big enough holes for me. We had a lot of doubters but this is a great win."

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Melvin praised his sophomore.

"We have big schools in the area like St. Charles North, St. Charles East and Batavia and a kid from the cornfields (Sarvis) is leading the area in rushing," said Melvin. "He is a special kid and a special talent."

Jacobs (3-2, 3-2) looked to be in good shape when Nasir Canty scored from a yard out with 7:10 remaining. When Cole Bhardwaj connected with Jacob Mobeck in the end zone for the 2-point conversion Jacobs had a 30-23 lead.

"They (Burlington Central) made plays down the stretch and we didn't," said Jacobs coach Bill Mitz. "I was really upset with our tackling in the game. They broke way too many tackles for long gains."

Along with Sarvis, Central (2-3, 2-3) received a great effort from senior wide receiver/quarterback Jake Lenschow. Lenschow alternates at quarterback with junior Mark Ganziano. He threw a 23-yard touchdown to Ganziano and was on the receiving end of a 62-yard TD pass from Ganziano.

"I really don't care where I play," said Lenschow. "I missed the last two games so it was good to get back in the lineup. Mark and I work well together. This is a great win for our confidence."

Jacobs, which rushed for 289 yards, got 114 yards and 3 touchdowns from Canty and 119 yards a TD from Mobeck.

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