Eagles spoil Raiders’ Homecoming hopes
Friday night’s football game was geared to set two teams on a collision course. Huntley was fighting for a Homecoming win while Jacobs looked to stay undefeated this season.
Huntley looked to deliver another victory coming off its first win of the season against Dundee-Crown, and it started the game hot. After a fourth-down stop by Huntley’s defense to start out the game, quarterback Jake Brock connected with John Walker to the Eagles’ 9-yard line. After a quick handoff, Brock kept the ball himself and ran it in for a touchdown, giving the Raiders a 7-0 lead after a successful extra point.
Jacobs fired back on the next drive, with star running back Caz Zyks scoring on a 6-yard-touchdown run. Kicker Matt Fahey tied the game at 7.
After back-to-back three-and-outs, the Eagles picked up the pace after they recovered Huntley’s muffed snap to end the first quarter. Jacobs took the lead after scoring a quick seven points to begin the second quarter.
Jacobs kept the heat coming, with a 2-yard-touchdown run by Kyle Wright to bring the score to 21-7. After an interception Johnny Holbrook, Jacobs quarterback Jason Judson connected with receiver Nick Furtak for a 63-yard-touchdown pass. After a missed extra point, Jacobs had a commanding 27-7 lead.
After Homecoming performances by the Marching Red Raiders, varsity poms, and all of the cheerleaders, the Raiders looked ready to come back. They went three-and-out, however, and Jacobs picked up another touchdown to make the game 34-7.
Zyks showed his star power after finding a gaping hole and running the ball in for another touchdown which made the game 41-7. Huntley came right back, as safety Tyler Schwartz returned the next kickoff for a touchdown.
A Jacobs defensive back made the biggest defensive play of the game by intercepting and returning a Huntley pass from the end zone for over 105 yards. Jacobs led 48-13.
Huntley went on to lose 48-19 and start the season 1-5 overall. The Raiders now sit at the bottom of the Valley Conference standings, only ahead of Dundee-Crown. The Golden Eagles sit at the top.
The Eagles are set to take on Prairie Ridge next week to determine the Valley’s last undefeated team. The Raiders will host the 4-2 Cary-Grove Trojans.
Post Author: Marek Makowski. Marek is the Sports Editor for The Voice. He is an avid White Sox fan, and also supports the Bears and Bulls. Marek aspires to transform his passion for journalism into a future career. He also reports for The Mash, a product of the Chicago Tribune. You can follow him on Twitter, @MarekMakowski.