Dolphins host Drake in another big conference game
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Last year, JU saw its hopes of repeating as champions of the Pioneer Football League come to a halt as Drake rallied for a 45-38 victory in Des Monies, Iowa.

The two teams will meet again this Saturday with undefeated records and a chance to get a big advantage on the race for the PFL title, starting at Noon at D.B. Milne Field. The game will be broadcast on 1010XL, with the Bono’s Barbecue Pregame Show starting at 11:30 a.m.

Jacksonville (4-1, 2-0 PFL) is riding a six-game home winning streak, the longest in program history after a 35-28 win over San Diego. The Dolphins built a 35-7 lead before letting San Diego back into the game late.

“I think our guys got a wake up call with the way we played in the second half,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “We lost our focus and intensity and you can’t do that in this league. You’ve got to play to the final whistle and we emphasized that in our team meetings after the game.”

The Dolphins offense has been rolling the last three games. JU has produced more than 500 yards of total offense in each game, the longest streak in school history. Josh McGregor has thrown for more than 300 yards in each game, getting the ball to Josh Philpart for more than 100 yards in the last two games.

“We’ve done a good job of getting Josh into a rhythm early and the team just feeds off of that,” Bell said. “There are a lot of guys that we want to get the ball to and Josh is doing a good job of getting us into the right plays at the right time.”

The defense hasn’t been too shabby either. Jacksonville has held its opponents to less than 300 yards of total offense in the last three games.

A big part of that success on defense has been from a rejuvenated pass rush. JU has posted four sacks or more in the last two games, with Bradley Burns responsible for 4.5 of those.

“Our guys on defense has been playing at very high level, despite us putting them in some bad positions – especially late last week,” Bell said. “We’ve got to do a better job on special teams to take care of field position.”