TUESDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2009
Football heads to New York to face Marist
The JU football team will get reacquainted with flight travel over the next four weeks, starting on Saturday as the Dolphins travel to New York to face Marist.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m., with the game being broadcast on 1010XL. The Bono’s Barbecue Pregame Show starts at 12:30 p.m. with the “Voice of the Dolphins” Barry Milligan calling the action.
One of the carry-on items the Dolphins will have on their trip is a seven-game winning streak in Pioneer Football League play. Only five teams have ever won nine PFL game in a row, with the record being 15 held by San Diego during its title runs from 2005-2007.
The Dolphins (2-2, 1-0 PFL) begin a daunting four-week stretch on the schedule. Following the trip to New York and Homecoming against Morehead State, the Dolphins will see the West Coast as they face San Diego before wrapping up the flight schedule with the grueling trip to Iowa and a rising Drake team.
“Any time you go on the road for a game, it’s going to test you,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “We have a routine for our road trips to make it as close to a home game as possible. This is a tough stretch coming up, but we have to take it one game at a time and not get too caught up in looking ahead to the next game. The league is too balanced this year to look past anyone.”
This will be the first meeting all time between the two schools as Marist (2-3, 1-2 PFL) joined the PFL this season. The Red Foxes are one of the league leaders in rushing yards, averaging 146 yards per game in large part by O’Neil Anderson, who is the PFL leader in rushing yards per game (88.6).
Jacksonville’s defense has proven to be stingy this season in creating negative plays for opponents. The Dolphins are second in the country in sacks per game (4.25) and are 16th nationally in tackles for a loss per game (7.75).
One area of concern for the defense is lack of turnovers. Of the 118 teams in the Football Championship Subdivision, JU is the only one to not have forced a turnover so far this season.
The JU offense is looking to continue its strong starts. The Dolphins have scored first in three of the four outings this season and has led at halftime in those three games as well – piling up more than 300 yards in the first three quarters of the last two games.
Where the offense has struggled is in the fourth quarter. JU has been outscored 28-0 by its opponents in the final stanza, producing just three yards of total offense against Davidson.