WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2008
After record setting week, JU focuses on road trip
Elliott Finkley
Elliott Finkley
After a record-setting performance against Campbell, the JU football team turns its focus to a team looking for revenge in UNC-Pembroke.

The Dolphins claimed a 55-10 win at home against the Braves a year ago, but both teams enter Saturday’s contest with a 2-1 record and both are much improved from a year ago. Rudell Small tied the school record with five rushing touchdowns in the game, putting up his first 100-rushing yard performance.

“We have come a long way since this point last year and they have too,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “They brought in a very talented recruiting class and they are playing at a very high level. We know they are going to be fired up to play us this week.”

Last week, the JU offensive record book was rewritten as the Dolphins piled up a school-record 621 yards of total offense – shattering the previous record of 585 set against Butler in 2005.

Freshman quarterback Josh McGregor racked up 343 yards passing for the fourth highest passing total in school history. His 348 yards of total offense also ranks as the fourth highest total as well.

McGregor wasn’t the only Dolphin doing damage. Elliott Finkley tied the school record for most punt returns for touchdowns in a single season with his second in as many weeks, vaulting him into the top 10 nationally in punt return average.

Junior defensive back Tremaine Mack got into the act as well, picking off a pass and returning it for touchdown – the first by a Dolphin since 2004.

Mack’s play was the highlight of a stellar defensive performance as JU put together only the second shutout in school history.

“We’re coming along well and improving each week, but we’re still a work in progress,” Bell said. “We’re pleased with the start, but we also know there is a lot of work ahead of us.”

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan calling the play-by-play as the Bono’s pregame show starts at 12:30 p.m. Fans can also watch the game live on the Internet through UNCPBraves.com.