MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2008
Junior varsity football downs Webber International, 16-6
Dolphin quarterback Michael Clifton had two first-half touchdown passes, while the defense held its own as the JU junior varsity football team downed Webber International, 16-6, on Monday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field.
The Dolphins (1-1) limited the Warriors to just five first downs on offense, forced two turnovers and held off two scoring threats to earn their first win of the season.
JU got its first break of the game when Brent Lovelace recovered a fumble on the 11-yard line in the first quarter following a run by Warriors running back Mike Baker. Clifton found tight end Anthony Kincy on a five-yard touchdown pass three plays later to give the Dolphins a 7-0 lead.
Maurice Manning had a 24-yard scamper to the 14-yard line to end the first quarter for the Dolphins. On the second play into the second quarter, Chad Oubre made an over the shoulder catch on a 14-yard pass from Clifton to give the Dolphins a 14-0 advantage.
In the third quarter, the Warriors shook things up by blitzing JU punter Logan Chipperfield and tackling him down at the nine yard line.
The Dolphins’ defense buckled down and held the Warriors on three straight plays, which included an eight-yard sack by defensive lineman Ceronta Heagle and Nosa Aliu. The Warriors settled for a 31-yard field goal by Matt Ellis to make it a 14-3 ballgame.
Webber International got a gift in the fourth quarter when JU back-up signal caller Butch Moore dropped a ball at the feet of linebacker Jack Rhode on the 18-yard line. The Warriors got a run down to the four-yard line by Marcus Nettles, but the stingy Dolphins’ defense held their own again and forced another field goal by Ellis.
The Warriors got another good special team play when they blocked a 28-yard field goal attempt by Gabarillo Tumpkin at the six-minute mark in the fourth quarter. JU’s defense forced them backwards in the next couple of plays and the Warriors would accidently snap the ball into the end zone on a fourth down punt to give the Dolphins a 16-6 lead with the safety.
Warriors quarterback Adam Riley hit Chris Nzeaker on a 49-yard pass in the final minute to the 27-yard line, but the Dolphins forced turnover on downs to end the game and secure the win.
The Dolphins are back in action on Monday, Oct. 20, as they travel to face Valdosta State. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.