Ludlum's last-second TD lifts Jacobs over Crystal Lake South

By Dave Hess
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 8/28/2021 12:12 PM

The Jacobs Golden Eagles refused to lose.

Trailing the entire game, Ben Ludlum's 3-yard touchdown run with 7.8 seconds left lifted the Eagles to an exhilarating come-from-behind 42-38 win over Crystal Lake South in Fox Valley Conference action in Algonquin Friday night.


"The kids never quit and we fought through a lot," said Jacobs coach Brian Zimmerman. "We had missed coverages and mistakes but the kids hung in there and responded at the end."

Ludlum rushed for 177 yards on 18 carries and scored 3 touchdowns.

"We just didn't quit and wanted to push through and get the win," said Ludlum. "We just wanted to keep that last drive of the game alive and we knew we had enough time to score."

Jacobs (1-0, 1-0), which rushed for 465 yards, got an outstanding effort from 4-year starting running back Nazir Canty, who ran for 184 yards and a 12-yard TD run.

"Ben is a 2-year starter and Naz is a 4-year starter," said Zimmerman. "They were outstanding tonight."

South wasted an outstanding effort from senior quarterback Justin Kowalik.

Kowalik completed 20-of-37 passes for 346 yards and 3 touchdowns without an interception.

Mike Prokos caught 8 passes for 158 yards and a TD pass of 79 yards. Brady Schroeder hauled in a 68-yard scoring pass and Cooper LePage snared a 34-yard scoring pass for the Gators (0-1, 0-1).

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