MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009
Football heads west for key game at San Diego
The JU football team went into its game against San Diego last season looking to make history while staying alive in the chase for the Pioneer Football League title.
On Saturday, the Dolphins will be looking to make history again as they travel to San Diego with JU needing a win to stay in the hunt for the PFL title. The Dolphins have never won on the West Coast, losing both games to the Toreros by a combined score of 106-43.
Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. (EST), with the game being broadcast on 1010XL. The “Voice of the Dolphins” Barry Milligan will call the action, starting with the Bono’s Barbecue Pregame Show at 4 p.m.
“Our backs are against the wall, but most of our kids were in this same position last year,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “They realize how important this game is and how important it is to work as hard as they possibly can this week to prepare for a big game.”
The San Diego trip starts a critical two-game road swing that the Dolphins will need to make historical to keep its title defense alive. JU has never won at San Diego or Drake (next week’s opponent), sporting a 0-5 record on the two trips.
Helping Jacksonville (3-3, 2-1 PFL) is the momentum coming off its most dominant performance of the season, handing Morehead State a 39-0 loss on Homecoming.
The Dolphins aerial attack was on display as Josh McGregor threw four touchdowns, two going to Josh Philpart as he earned PFL Offensive “Player of the Week” honors.
The defense had the best game in the program’s history, holding Morehead State to 113 yards of total offense – the lowest output ever by a JU opponent. Leading the effort up front was defensive ends Aaron Frye and Shaun Lewis, who combined to have five sacks and 6.5 tackles for a loss.
Adding to that was the defense forcing its first turnover of the season when Jason Wood returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown.