TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009
Dolphins fly to the Midwest to face PFL unbeaten Drake
A week ago, the JU football team exorcised its demons at San Diego.
Now, the Dolphins head to the site of previous haunting performances for a Halloween date against Drake this Saturday at 2 p.m. (EST). The game will be broadcast on 92.5 (WFOJ), with the Bono’s Barbecue Pregame Show starting at 1:30 p.m.
The Dolphins (4-3, 3-1 PFL) face another must-win scenario in their hunt to repeat as Pioneer Football League champions against a Drake (6-1, 4-0 PFL) team that has won its last four games. JU must also overcome a 0-3 record all time on the Bulldogs home field – including a 42-14 loss on the Dolphins last visit in 2007.
“Drake is a very good, well coached football team that doesn’t make many mistakes,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “They are good at taking care of the ball and forcing turnovers, which has been a big part of their success this year. Drake’s got a lot of confidence right now, but so do we. We know what we have to do to be successful on the road.”
JU won for the first time ever at San Diego, dominating the Toreros in a 34-16 decision.
The Dolphins piled up 402 yards of total offense, the second-highest output this season, with 240 of that coming from the rushing attack. Rudell Small led the team with 151 yards on 18 carries, but J.J. Laster added 51 on eight carries and Keith Dawson had 21 yards on seven carries.
Adding into that effort was a swarming defense.
Jacksonville allowed the Toreros to complete just 10 passes in the game and held J.T. Rogan to just 85 yards on 20 carries.
The Dolphins also forced three turnovers, including the second interception of the season, while committing just one as Josh McGregor was picked off for the first time since the Old Dominion game.
Josh Philpart was one of McGregor’s favorite targets in the game, catching three passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns – becoming the school’s single-season leader in touchdown receptions with eight.