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Huntley snags Homecoming victory

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Huntley snags Homecoming victory

photo from Zane Bridges

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Chris Sawalski

Senior starting quarterback Blake Jacobs accounted for all five of the Raiders’ touchdowns in Friday’s 34-7 Homecoming victory.

Huntley matched up against the Prairie Ridge Wolves in this year’s Homecoming Game. Huntley started the game by kicking it off to Prairie Ridge and after a quick stop they forced a punt that was muffed and recovered by Ryan Earnst.

On the second offensive play of the game senior quarterback Blake Jacobs ran for a touchdown. After the extra point by Donnie Young, the Raiders had an early 7-0 lead.

After another defensive stop, the offense took over and Jacobs was at it again, putting a beautiful pass into the open arms of receiver Kyle Kesul to put the Raiders up 14-0 with just under two minutes left in the first quarter.

In the middle of the second quarter, Jacobs tossed the ball to receiver Josh Esikiel for another score, putting Huntley up 21-0.

On the Wolves next drive senior defensive end Brandon Dranka sacked the Prairie Ridge’s quarterback for a loss of six yards to bring up a fourth down, and another defensive stop for the Red Raider’s defense.

With five minutes left to go in the half, Jacobs threw a bomb to a wide open Brandon Altergott for a 74 yard touchdown that put the Raiders up 28-0. With just over a minute to go in the half Jacobs was on his way to another score, but this time he was intercepted by number twenty four on Prairie Ridge. At halftime, Huntley led the Wolves 28-0.

“We had a good week of practice, the coaches put it down and said, look, we need to step it up, credit our offensive dominance to the coaches,” said receiver Josh Esiekiel.

Not only did the offense score four touchdowns in the first half, but the defense kept the Wolves out of the end zone. Coach Hart credited the defensive dominance to “Discipline.”

After the intermission, the Wolves came out with much more energy than they had entered the locker room with. Prairie Ridge was putting together a nice drive when defensive lineman Jeremy Behnke recovered a fumble at the Raider’s twenty five yard line.

The third quarter was much more of a defensive showcase, but with a few minutes left, Jacobs tossed the ball up to Esikiel once again, and Esikiel reached over the defensive back and caught the ball two yards outside of the endzone for his second score of the day to put the Raiders up 34-0.

As the fourth quarter was winding down, Prairie Ridge finally got into the endzone and the lead was cut seven points, the Raiders still won 34-7.

After the game, kicker Donnie Young said, “We practiced harder, played at a higher intensity, and we don’t stop.”

The Raiders’ next game is October 11, versus Mchenry High School.

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Huntley snags Homecoming victory