Jacobs kept Wrecker gridders in the game
Published 4:45 pm, Thursday, December 2, 2010
No one can fault senior all-everything Tyler Jacobs for the Staples football team's loss in the Class LL quarterfinals. Jacobs was its workhorse at tailback and gave fifth-seeded Staples a chance to win with his play on both sides of the ball and on special teams in its 7-6 loss at fourth-seeded Glastonbury on Tuesday.
"Tyler played his guts out tonight and he was phenomenal on both sides of the ball," Wreckers Coach Marce Petroccio said.
Jacobs rushed for 80 yards on 17 carries and his output represented the majority of Staples' offensive production in the first half. He rushed for 54 yards on nine carries in the first half.
"The offensive line did an incredible job, especially [senior] Mike Nicklas," Jacobs said. "We had a good week of practice and it translated into the game."
A good chunk of the yards he gained came off the wildcat formation where he lined up as the quarterback. While running the offense on those plays, Jacobs was masterful in maintaining his poise, which enabled him to effectively run the offense.
"I wanted to step up since [senior starting quarterback] Chet [Pajolek] went down," Jacobs said. "I kind of like having the ball in my hands and I tried to step up and help my teammates out as much as I can. Unfortunately, it didn't work out on the last play."
Jacobs was referring to the two-point conversion attempt with 1:09 remaining in the game. Petroccio called a timeout and selected the wildcat formation in which Jacobs tried to run it in for the deuce and ultimately, an 8-7 victory. Glastonbury had other ideas and called a timeout in its quest to stop him.
Although Jacobs made a few good moves in running to the left, Tomahawk senior Malcolm Crosson met him and flipped him over six inches short of the goal-line to preserve Glastonbury's lead.
"We wanted the ball in Tyler's hands and we didn't want No. 28 [Crosson] to make the play but he made the play and we came up short," Petroccio said. "We knew what we were going to and they [the Tomahawks] knew what we were going to do."
Although it didn't work out, the Wreckers believe it was the right call.
"We ran this play a bunch of times all season and it worked but this time, it didn't work," Jacobs said. "Glastonbury did a great job in defending it and No. 28 [Crosson] made a great play. He's a great player."
Crosson said, "We tried to contain him and flip him. We focused on whether they change quarterbacks and if they run the wildcat."
On defense, Jacobs helped keep Glastonbury's explosive offense out of the end zone. He had eight tackles and broke up four passes.
"We saw a lot of film on them and we were prepared," Jacobs said. "We made adjustments and were able to shut them down in the second half.
Except for maybe one or two plays -- if that, Jacobs never came off the field. He helped on special teams coverage and returned kicks. Despite playing close to, if not, the entire 48 minutes, he felt good.
"I enjoyed being out there and I didn't want to go off the field," Jacobs said. "We worked hard in the offseason and I'm in shape. It's about being motivated and I wanted to win. I'll do whatever it takes to win even if I'm tired."
In the end, being stopped short of the goal line was tough for Jacobs but that's not what upsets him the most.
"I'm disappointed to lose the game but I'm more disappointed that it's the last time we'll play together," Jacobs said.