SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 09, 2002
JU Football Downs Edward Waters College, 44-31
Nov. 9, 2002
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior strong safety Jeremy Kearson (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) returned two blocked punts for a touchdown and freshman quarterback Mike Sturgill (Vero Beach, Fla.) threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns as JU scored 27 second-half points to up-end Edward Waters College, 44-31, in front of 2,650 Saturday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field. It was the third win for the Dolphins (3-6) over a scholarship opponent this season as JU was playing its first home game since Sept. 28. JU blocked three punts on the day, two of which were by freshman Marshall Trace (Tamarac, Fla.), to give the Dolphins seven blocked punts for the season. Sturgill completed 18-of-31 passes and set a JU single-season record with his 10th and 11th touchdown passes of the season, while senior wideout Jon Turner (Melbourne, Fla.) caught seven passes for 70 yards to move within one catch of the JU career- record of 114. Three of EWC's four scoring drives were three plays or less as the Tigers had four plays for 40-or-more yards.
Edward Waters (5-4) jumped out to an early 7-0 lead when Dexter Davis hit Darnelius Jones on a 66-yard bomb with 11:17 to play in the first. JU tied the game at seven when Travis Lewis (Crescent City, Fla.) blocked Jimmy Rhoades' punt and Kearson ran it in five yards for the score with 4:25 to play in the first quarter. Dolphin running back Chad Davis (Tallahassee, Fla.) gave JU a 14-7 lead with a three-yard touchdown run to cap an 11-play, 73-yard drive with 2:05 to play in the half. Following another blocked EWC punt, this time by Trace at the Tigers' 29 yard line, Ross Shmunes (Jacksonville/Raines HS) tacked on a 19-yard field goal for a 17-7 halftime lead.
EWC scored quickly again to start the second half when Davis hit Dexter Gant on a 47-yard scoring strike to pull within 17-13 at the 11:59 mark, but that would be as close as EWC would get. Trace blocked his second punt of the game on the Tigers' next possession and Kearson scooped it up and went 29 yards for his fourth career touchdown. Edward Waters answered when Davis and Jones hooked up again from 10 yards out come within 24-19 with 1:36 to play in the third, but JU scored two touchdowns within 55 seconds to build a 37-19 lead with 11:03 to play.
Jones finished the game with seven catches for 211 yards as EWC had 515 yards of total offense, including 415 yards passing by Davis, who completed 21-of-33 passes and five touchdowns. The Tigers also racked up 16 penalties for 127 yards and turned the ball over three times. Junior free safety Charlton Williams (Lynn Haven, Fla.) had a team-high 11 tackles for JU, while Josh Tomlinson (Lawley, Fla.) recovered two fumbles and Kearson added eight tackles.
The Dolphins, who have won two of their last three games, wrap up the 2002 season with Homecoming against Wagner College next Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field.