Jacobs starts fast, blows out Burlington Central

By Dave Hess
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 10/1/2021 10:43 PM

Excelling in all phases of the game, Jacobs trounced Burlington Central 54-14 in Fox Valley Conference action in Algonquin Friday night.

The Golden Eagles set the tone on the opening kickoff of the game.


Ben Ludlum took the ball on his own 5 and raced 95 yards for the touchdown with only 13 seconds elapsed in the game.

"We had great blocking on the play," said Ludlum. "It was wide open."

Jacobs coach Brian Zimmerman knew it was a matter of time before his team scored on a kickoff return.

"We have a good KOR (kickoff return) team." said the Jacobs coach. "Ben has 10.9 100 speed so we thought we could break one. It was a matter of time. It set the tone and gave us great momentum early."

Ludlum also played a huge part in the Golden Eagles offense with 8 carries for 104 yards and 3 touchdown runs of 1, 20 and 19 yards.

Senior four-year starter Nasir Canty bulldozed his way to 113 yards on 11 carries and scored twice on runs of 1 and 5 yards.

"The offensive line was awesome." said Canty. "They opened some huge holes. The O-line was getting good push."

Junior quarterback Max Benner completed 3-of-4 passes for 86 yards including a 7-yard TD pass to Grant Stec, who grabbed 2 passes for 72 yards. Nicholas True caught a pass for 14 yards.

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"I like our passing game, but we have 2 great backs and we can kill time off the clock," said Zimmerman. "I am proud of the way we played."

Junior cornerback Ashton Niehaus provided the big play on defense for the Golden Eagles (4-2, 4-2). Niehaus, who had 2 interceptions in the game, intercepted a pass on his own 38 and raced 62 yards for a touchdown with 4:31 left in the first quarter. His second interception came late in the second quarter.

"We had switched defenses and I just read it right and was able to get able to get a pick-6," said Niehaus. "On the second interception, the ball was up in the air on a hitch route and I was able to get the ball. Ben set the tone for the game with the opening kickoff touchdown."

For the Rockets (2-4, 2-4) Gavin Sarvis scored on a 19-yard run and Joey Kowall reached pay dirt on a 7-yard run.

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