CLS Dominates in Rout of Jacobs

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Byline: Jim Wojciechowski Daily Herald Sports Writer

So maybe Crystal Lake South coach Tony Albert was being overly cautious. Who could blame him?

With the memory of last week's collapse against Glenbard South still fresh, Albert implored his troops to "keep playing" Friday night against visiting Jacobs.

Albert repeated the phrase as the Gators warmed up for the second half, leading 28-7. He said it again after the advantage grew to 35-7 midway through the third quarter.

The Gators never did let up as they scored a resounding 42-19 victory in the Fox Valley Conference opener for both teams.

South (2-1) dominated Jacobs (1-2) after the Golden Eagles tied the score 7-7 in the first quarter, reeling off 35 consecutive points.

The Gators did it behind the rushing of Jason Nawracaj (21-186, 2 touchdowns) and Pete Lemanis (15-105, 2 TD's), the passing of Jeff Chiles (8-of-11, 147 yards, 2 touchdowns) and a defense that stifled Jacobs' ground game.

"If you saw us play last week, in the first half we looked like one of the best South teams that's ever played," said Albert, whose team jumped to a 20-0 lead only to lose 44-30. "In the second half we just let things fall apart.

"It was just a matter of challenging them to play the whole game."

South was up to the challenge. The Gators kept it simple, but it was oh, so effective.

Nawracaj gained most of his yards inside the tackles, propelled by the blocking of linemen Bill Schultz, Rob Page, Bert Merlo, Rob Ludwigsen and Jason Arndt.

"We didn't run the ball very effectively last week," Albert said. "We had to throw the ball 37 times last week and we didn't feel we could win football games consistently doing that.

"... There was really two parts to it. …