Football dominates Campbell, 52-0

The JU football team opened Pioneer Football League play in style, breaking records left and right en route to a 52-0 win over Campbell at D.B. Milne Field on Saturday.

                The Dolphins (2-1) pulled off their first shutout since a 30-0 win over Austin Peay in 2003 and just the second in school history.

                JU’s defense wasn’t the only record setters as the offense racked up 621 yards, shattering the former school record of 585 set against Butler in 2005.

                “I’m really proud of how focused our team was today on their responsibilities and played together as a team,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell.  “This was a total team effort today and it’s a great start to conference play.”

                Freshman quarterback Josh McGregor threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns, completing 20-of-37 passes.  His passing yardage tied him for the fourth highest single-game output at JU and is one of just seven 300-yard passing games in school history.

                While the air attack was in fine form, the ground game was running hard as well.  Sophomore running back Rudell Small rushed for a career-high 150 yards and one touchdown as the Dolphins piled up 265 yards rushing.

                There were 11 different Dolphins to catch at least one pass, with Geavon Tribble, Chris Kuck and Josh Philpart leading the way with three each.  Tommie Rogers led the team in yards with 72, including a 45-yard scoring reception from McGregor.

                In pitching just the second shutout in school history, the Dolphins’ defense also put up some points as Tremaine Mack returned an interception 37 yards for his first career score.  It was the first interception returned for a touchdown by a Dolphin since Omar Platt’s 41-yard return at Davidson in 2004.

                Special teams chipped in as well as Elliott Finkley returned a punt 57 yards for his second touchdown of the season – tying the school record for a single-season.  He also caught two passes for 34 yards and a touchdown as well.

                JU racked up a 45-0 lead in the first half, mainly with quick-scoring drives.  Small opened the scoring with a 14-yard on the opening possession to give the Dolphins a 7-0 lead just over two minutes into the game.

                Rogers connected with McGregor on the long touchdown pass to make it 14-0 in a drive that took just 1:05 off the clock. 

Finkley’s punt return for a touchdown spotted the Dolphins a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

JU put up another 24 points in the second quarter, with no scoring drive lasting longer than 2:43.  Finkley caught an 11-yard scoring toss from McGregor to push the lead to 28-0 and Josh Hostetler booted home a 33-yard field goal to make it 31-0 with 7:43 left in the half.

Mack’s interception return for a TD came less than minute later and Greg Louisaint ended the half with a 23-yard scoring reception from McGregor to make it 45-0.

Keith Dawson had the only score of the second half, a 64-yard touchdown to run for his first collegiate score.

The Dolphins are back in action next Saturday as they face UNC-Pembroke on the road.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.