Football's Comeback Bid Falls Short Against Presbyterian, 14-7

Sept. 21, 2002

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU defense limited the high-powered Presbyterian offense to just 14 points, but the Dolphins' last-minute comeback attempt fell short in a 14-7 loss to the Blue Hose Saturday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field. JU (1-2) was playing its second Division II scholarship opponent in three games from the South Atlantic Conference.

Third-string freshman quarterback Kevin Haggerty's (Parkland, Fla.) fourth-down pass attempt to Travis Lewis (Jacksonville, Fla.) fell short with 44 seconds to play ending the injury-riddled Dolphins' comback bid.. Haggerty, who came off the bench for JU backup quarterback Kyle Hicks (Jacksonville, Fla.), to complete 5-of-9 nine passes for 36 yards in his collegiate debut, had led the Dolphins from their own 18-yard line to the 42. JU took over at their own 15 with 4:13 to play, but Akins fumbled on a 3rd-and-2 run up the middle to give Presbyterian (2-1) the ball back. The Dolphins stopped the Blue Hose on a 4th-and-5 play to get the ball back for their final possession.

Hicks, a redshirt-sophomore, left with 4:30 to play in the third quarter after getting injured on a nine-yard run. He replaced starter Mike Sturgill (Vero Beach, Fla.), who left the game in the second quarter after spraining his ankle and knee.

The JU defense limited Presbyterian to just 101 yards rushing on 34 carries. Senior strong safety Jeremy Kearson (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) led the Dolphin charge with 11 tackles as JU had 20 different players with tackles in the game. The Blue Hose controlled the time of possession by more than 10 minutes, but the Dolphins picked off Presbyterian twice and limited the Blue Hose to just 5-of-16 on third down conversions.

Trailing 14-0 in the third quarter, Hicks connected with senior wide receiver Jon Turner (Melbourne, Fla.) for a 59-yard bomb to the Blue Hose seven to set up the Dolphins' only score. Junior running back Emmett Akins (Largo, Fla.) scored on the next play on a bruising run to cut the lead to 14-7 with 6:38 to play in the third. Hicks got injured on the Dolphins' next possession. Turner, who is averaging 104.3 receiving yards per game, finished with five catches for 108 yards, while Akins rushed for 42 yards on 16 carries.

Presbyterian scored on its first possession when quarterback Nick Harris hit wideout Tim Pope for a 43-yard touchdown strike to take a 7-0 lead at the 9:59 mark of the first. Harris and Pope hooked up again in the third on a 30-yard scoring strike to give the Blue Hose a 14-0 advantage with 11:10 to play in the quarter. Harris finished the day 12-of-19 for 167 yards and two touchdowns, while Pope caught four passes for 95 yards and two scores. Presbyterian held JU to 75 yards rushing on 26 attempts.

The Dolphins return to action on Sat., Sept. 28 against Austin Peay in a crucial Pioneer Football League South Division game at 12:30 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field.