MILTON — It was going to take a special performance to snap a 23-game winning streak.
Drew Jacobs delivered just that.
The senior running back broke tackles all afternoon on his way to a 189-yard and four-touchdown performance as Milton Academy beat Governor’s Academy, 35-14, Saturday. It marked the first Governor’s loss since 2010.
“Just a great win beating a team like that,” said Milton Academy coach Kevin MacDonald. “Beating them soundly was kind of a surprise. We just played tough cause they’re a real tough team.”
Jacobs had touchdown runs of 29, 11, and 42 yards, but he first found the end zone on defense. Playing linebacker in the first quarter, Jacobs jumped a route and wrestled the ball away from the receiver in the air before returning it 37 yards for a touchdown.
After the Governors (5-1) tied it on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Thomas Vailas to Jesse Gwozdz on fourth and goal, the Mustangs were driving when things nearly went downhill. Quarterback Anthony Scurto fumbled a high snap, leaving the ball loose behind him. Before Governor’s could capitalize, Jacobs scooped it up and sprinted 29 yards for the touchdown.
“The broken play, that was impossible, but he did it,” MacDonald said.
The Mustangs (6-0) got the ball back with less than a minute left in the second quarter and went 49 yards in 38 seconds, taking a 21-7 lead when Scurto threw a 10-yard TD pass to John Urquhart.
“In big games, we’ve got to make big plays,” MacDonald said. “We did a great job with it.”
The Governors came out of the half with a strong defense, stuffing Jacobs repeatedly before he finally broke loose for an 11-yard touchdown.
“That’s a tough defense,” Jacobs said. “It was get 1 yard, get 2 yards, but they were blitzing all day, so you knew if you could get past that first and second level, you could break it.”
Vailas found Zach Coffey for a 15-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 28-14.
The last two years, the Governors beat the Mustangs with a big fourth quarter, but this year, the Milton Academy defense would not relent.
“We think we’re a fourth-quarter team, too,” MacDonald said. “We just said, ‘Who’s going to be tougher? Who’s better conditioned?’ In the fourth quarter today, luckily, it was us.”
The Mustangs came away with three turnovers in the quarter, including a John Cahill interception and a strip sack by Peter Graves that William Medina recovered.
The Mustangs only ran 34 plays, but 29 were carries by Jacobs. With his offensive line opening holes, Jacobs let his legs do the rest.
“He’s all football,” MacDonald said. “I always feel good when the ball is in his hands because he makes things happen. I’ve said all along he’s the best player in the league.”