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Football: Jacobs explodes early in win over Marmion

Marmion's Jordan Glasgow looks for running room Friday against Jacobs.  | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media

Marmion's Jordan Glasgow looks for running room Friday against Jacobs. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 25, 2012 1:26AM

Behind the explosive duo of junior quarterback Bret Mooney and junior receiver Hunter Williams, Jacobs’ football team jumped out on the road against Marmion early and often in the season opener Friday.

The duo hooked up for a 42-yard score 1:55 into the game and then connected for a 76-yard touchdown in the second quarter to help build a 22-point halftime lead. Jacobs wound up winning 35-13.

“He can do that back there,” said Mitz of Mooney, who threw for 170 of his 180 yards in the first half. “He’s got a cannon. Some of those throws he threw tonight were just beautiful, right on the money. He’s been doing that for a while.”

Mooney capped the game’s first drive with his 42-yard strike on a fade route down the sideline to Williams to give the Golden Eagles the quick lead on the road.

“I saw the corner in a dead sit, wasn’t backpedaling and my receiver was running full speed, so I knew he would beat him to the spot,” Mooney said. “I gave him a chance to catch the ball. He did his job and scored a touchdown. Good start for the game, got the momentum and it rocketed from there.”

Senior running back Steven Varela (20 carries, 99 yards) scored touchdowns of one and two yards in the first half as well as Jacobs built a 28-6 lead at the break. Marmion’s lone first-half score was a 10-yard run from sophomore Jordan Glasgow to start the second quarter.

Despite trailing by as many as 29 points, Marmion was still able to rack up 233 yards rushing in the loss. Charlie Faunce, who split time at quarterback with Brock Krueger while also picking off Mooney on defense, led the way with 86 yards. Glasgow added 82 yards.

Jacobs wasn’t sure what it was getting itself into, playing an unknown opponent an hour away from home. But the Golden Eagles emerged with some momentum to carry into their Week 2 game against Johnsburg.

“We’re coming way down here, it’s like, ‘Oh boy,’” Mitz said. “Coach (Dan) Thorpe has had some great teams down here and there is a good tradition. We knew we were going to play against a good opponent tonight. We just happened to get out of here with the victory tonight.”

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