SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2002
Football Ends Season With 42-7 Loss To Wagner
Nov. 16, 2002
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Wagner tailback George Scott rushed 11 times for 182 yards, including touchdown runs of 80 and 70 yards to lead the visiting Seahawks to a 42-7 win over Jacksonville in a torrential downpour on Homecoming Saturday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field. The injury-plagued Dolphins finished the season 3-7, while Wagner improved to 7-4. The Seahawks ran for 314 yards on the day, while limiting JU to just 114 yards of total offense.
Wagner quarterback David Bateman completed 11-of-21 passes for 167 yards and a score, hitting receiver Shaun Grover six times for 100 yards. JU freshman quarterback Mike Sturgill (Vero Beach, Fa.), who finished his rookie season with every single-season Dolphin passing record, completed just 5-of-15 passes for 52 yards and was sacked three times. Sturgill did find wide receiver Jon Turner (Melbourne, Fla.) once for his 114th career reception, which ties Brett Palmi (1998-2001) for the JU career record. Turner finished the season with a school-record 60 receptions for 890 yards and six touchdowns.
The Seahawks jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead. Running back Chris Davis capped a 7-play, 53-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run and then Wagner went 68 yards in nine plays and Bateman hit John Barrett for an 11-yard score. The Dolphins punted on their first four possessions in the first quarter, the third of which was returned 80 yards by Ryan Castellani for touchdown to give the Seahawks a 21-0 advantage.
Wagner extended the lead to 28-0 on its first play from scrimmage in the second quarter when Scott busted through the line and went 80 yards for the touchdown. The Dolphins got on the board early in the third when junior free safety Emile Duvernois (Boyton, Fla.) picked off a deflected Bateman pass and returned it 85 yards for his first career touchdown and the longest interception return in school history. On the ensuing possession, freshman Tyrone Bethea (Jacksonville/Ed White) recovered a Bateman fumble at the Dolphins' 39-yard line. JU drove to the Wagner 30 thanks to a 29-yard run by Sturgill, the Dolphins' longest rush of the day, but JU's scoring threat ended when Sturgill's pass bounced off Travis Lewis (Crescent City, Fla.) into the hands of Wagner's Jeremy Balina, who returned it to the JU 17 setting up the Seahawks' fifth score.
Senior linebacker Jeff Mama (Miramar, Fla.) had nine tackles and an interception to lead the Dolphins, while junior free safety Charlton Williams (Lynn Haven, Fla.) had eight stops to finish the season as JU's top tackler.