PFL opener out of the way, JU goes to Marist
Keith Dawson ran for 144 yards at Campbell.
Keith Dawson ran for 144 yards at Campbell.
The bulls eye on the collective backs of the Jacksonville University football team isn’t an advertisement for your local Target store. The Dolphins have been marked in the Pioneer Football League and they know it.

After taking out Campbell 57-21 Saturday, the Dolphins (2-2, 1-0) take a school-record 12-game Pioneer Football League winnings streak on the road to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., this week to take on Marist University.

JU is coming off its most impressive performance of the year as the offense gained 713 yards and quarterback Josh McGregor threw for five touchdowns against the Camels. He now has 97 career touchdown passes, 10th in FCS history.

The total yardage was the most in team history and McGregor’s yardage was the second most of his career. He threw for 425 yards against Davidson last season.

While McGregor was having his way through the air, two of his TD passes were to wide receiver Larry Thompson of Tampa, Fla., the team’s running game pulled out of it shell.

A pair of seniors, Keith Dawson and J.J. Laster, led the way with Dawson getting 144 yards with two touchdowns and Laster 110 with one score.

Things went so well for JU, that defensive end T.J. Jenkins recorded the team’s first safety since 2003 when he tackled Camel quarterback Dakota Wolf in the end zone with five seconds to play.

Marist (1-3, 0-1) won its opener but has lost three consecutive games, the first to Dayton then to Bucknell and this past week to Georgetown.

Despite that, JU coach Kerwin Bell isn’t taking anything for granted.

“The thing about us now, and we’ve been preaching this to the players since camp, is we’re a marked team,’’ Bell said. “We talked about there being an ambush waiting for us at Campbell, but our guys knew it was coming. We have two of three championships and when we get into conference every team is going to play their best.’’

-- Jim Nasella