SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2004
Football Claims First-Place With 31-14 Win Over Austin Peay
Oct. 16, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU sophomore RB Jerry Brant (Jacksonville/Raines) ran for a game-high 123 yards, while fellow RB Phillip Fields (Orlando, Fla.) added a career-best 112 yards on just eight carries as the Dolphins won their second straight Pioneer Football League game with a 31-14 victory over Austin Peay on Homecoming, Saturday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field. With the win, Jacksonville improves to 2-4 overall, 2-0 in the PFL South and moves into sole possession of first place in the division. The Dolphins, which are 2-0 in league play for the first time since 2001, can clinch the PFL South title with a win next week at Morehead State.
Junior FB Steven Battle (Jacksonville/Raines) rushed for 65 yards as the Dolphins piled up 422 yards of total offense, including 323 yards on ground. Junior WR Eldin Ferguson (Riviera Beach, Fla.) led JU with four catches for 54 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Sophomore CB Bryan Flowers (Delray Beach, Fla.) led the Dolphin defense with 10 tackles and forced a huge fumble which halted one of the Governor's top threats in the contest.
The Dolphins grabbed a 21-7 halftime lead and never looked back. After a scoreless first quarter, junior QB Mike Sturgill (Vero Beach, Fla.) hit Ferguson on a 10-yard fade in the corner of the end zone to give JU a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Dolphins started the drive at the Govs' 39 after Flowers punched the ball loose from Austin Peay RB Chris Fletcher. The Governors answered with a 67-yard pass from Jesse Kellogg to Pat Curran to tie the game at 7-7.
Freshman Nathan Conner (Middleburg, Fla.) returned the ensuing kickoff 66 yards and then Brant did the rest with five consecutive carries, including a 5-yard TD run to give the Dolphins a 14-7 lead at the 7:29 mark of the second. Brant also set up JU's next score with a career-long 47-yard run to the Austin Peay 10. Three plays later, Sturgill hit Ferguson with a 14-yard fade to give the Dolphins a 21-7 advantage.
A 34-yard field goal by Ryan Feely (Odessa, Fla.) extended the Dolphins' lead to 24-7 early in the third. The Governors responded by marching down to the JU 4-yard line, but junior LB Zell Robinson (Tallahassee, Fla.) picked off Kellogg's pass, which was knocked in the air by FS Drew Stafford (Rockville, Md.) at the goal line to halt the Govs' threat. The Dolphins stretched their lead to 31-7 on an 80-yard touchdown run by Fields with 3:13 to play in the third quarter. It was the second-longest TD run in JU history.
Fletcher led the Governors with 111 yards on 21 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown run with 9:27 to play in the game. JU limited Austin Peay to just 146 yards on the ground on 31 carries. Kellogg completed 22-of-49 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown for the Govs, who lost their eighth-straight game dating back to last season.