SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009
Dolphins rout Campbell on the road in season finale, 34-14
The JU football team ended its 2009 season on a high note by throttling Campbell, 34-14, at Barker-Lane Stadium.
The Dolphins (7-4, 6-2 PFL) got a stellar effort from both sides of the ball, with the offense rolling up 333 yards, 269 of that coming in the first half.
With his 12-yard touchdown reception in the first half, Josh Philpart set the JU school record for most receiving yards in a season – finishing the campaign with 54 catches for 912 yards, breaking the record of 890 yards set by Jon Turner in 2002.
“This was the ideal way to finish our season,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “We had a great week of practice and we’re able to send our seniors out on a positive note. We made a lot of progress the last few weeks and we’ll go into our offseason with some momentum.”
JU scored on all five of its possessions in the first half to take a 31-7 lead at the intermission. Josh McGregor threw two touchdown passes, the first to Philpart from 12 yards and the second to Sam Bell from three yards out.
Complementing the aerial attack was a pair of rushing touchdowns from Rudell Small, the first from three yards out and the second from a yard out. For the game, the Dolphins rushed for 111 yards, with Small accounting for 44 yards on nine carries.
McGregor finished the game completing 22-of-36 passes for 222 yards, finishing with the single-season school record for touchdowns (31) and yards (2,693).
The Camels (3-8, 2-6 PFL) got 125 yards on 19 carries from C.J. Oates, who got the second Campbell touchdown on a 4-yard run late in the third quarter.
Elliott Finkley led the Dolphins with five catches for 109 yards, all coming in the first half. Philpart finished the day with six catches for 50 yards to set the school record for receiving yards in a season.
JU’s defense had a solid day as well. The Dolphins held Campbell to 128 yards in the first half before the Camels rolled up yards let once the game was decided.
Jason Wood and Rolando Fines led the unit with nine tackles each. For Wood, it raises his career total of 254 – the third highest-tackle total in school history.
The Dolphins had two sacks in the game, three tackles for a loss and forced three turnovers for the second straight game, finishing the season with a school-record 37 sacks.
The win finishes JU’s second straight winning season with the second-highest win total in the 12 years of football at JU.