Football readies for rival Davidson
The chase for the Pioneer Football League championship resumes on Saturday for the JU football team as they travel to face Davidson.

The Dolphins (2-2, 1-0 PFL) are coming off a 22-21 loss to UNC-Pembroke while Davidson (1-1, 0-0 PFL) had a week off to prepare for the beginning of conference play.

“Every game in your conference is big,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “We’ve got a few things to work on after last week’s game, but our guys know how important this game is to reaching our goal.”

This will be the 11th meeting in the all-time series between the two schools as Davidson is the only team that JU has faced every season since the start of the program. The series is tied at five after the Wildcats rallied for a 20-10 win at D.B. Milne Field.

JU will be looking for the offense to get back in rhythm after putting up only 197 yards of total offense last week at UNCP. It is only the second time in the Kerwin Bell era that JU has put up less than 200 yards of total offense.

“We took a big step back last week on offense,” Bell said. “We made a lot of mistakes – from wrong routes, busted protections and wrong reads. We’ve got to get everyone back on the same page and moving forward like we were in the first three games.”

The defense has put together an impressive resume so far this season, holding two opponents to less than 250 yards of total offense. Turnovers have been a focus as well, as the defense has forced three turnovers in each of its first four games.

Special teams has also played an important role in the Dolphins success, as punt returner Elliott Finkley has two punt returns for touchdowns and setup another offensive touchdown with a long return.

“Our defense has stepped up and we left them out there too long last week,” Bell said. “Special teams can be a big boost and Elliott has answered the call every time for us. He’s got a tremendous amount of speed and once he finds a hole, he is able to take off.”

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan calling the action.