Mainly, the Golden Eagles were disappointed in their performance at the most critical moment of the season.
“We realized at halftime we had to step it up and we needed to play better,” running back Loren Strickland said. “We were way better than the (Jacobs) team that came to play today.”
The Golden Eagles proved that in the second half. After Lincoln-Way West had its way in the first half, Jacobs looked like a different team. The offense was more productive, the defense was rock-solid and picked up four Warriors’ fumbles.
Ultimately, the Eagles did not quite have enough. Quarterback Anthony Wilson was picked off late in the end zone, then time ran out on Jacobs’ final drive as the Eagles fell to West, 14-7, Saturday night in their Class 7A playoff opener.
No. 12 West (8-2) will travel to No. 28 Alton (6-4) next Saturday for a second-round game.
“I was really happy we came out and fought,” Wormsley said. “We got the guys fired up because we came out flat in the first half. We came out firing in the second half. There’s no better way to go out than giving 100 percent.”
The defense came up with a crucial stop late in the first half to prevent the Warriors from taking a 21-0 lead. In the second half, the Eagles’ defense allowed only 68 yards and nose tackle Aidan Sproule recovered three of the Warriors’ four lost fumbles.
“I’m not taking credit for that, I just recovered the ball,” Sproule said. “My teammates set everything up for me. We brought it together in the second half. We bonded together at halftime and came out firing for both defense and offense. We stopped them and didn’t let them score in the second half.”