But that is the case this week as the Dolphins will fly out early on Saturday morning for a critical Pioneer Football League contest against Morehead State. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
The teams enter the game with identical records (3-3, 1-1 PFL) and are coming off stinging losses in their last PFL matchup. Morehead State dropped a 41-17 decision at league leader San Diego while the Dolphins saw Davidson rally for a 38-35 win.
On the upside for the Dolphins, JU is fresh off of a 51-7 pasting of Webber International for Homecoming.
That momentum will be critical as the unique road trip for JU will start with the team leaving campus on Saturday at 5 a.m. for a 6:15 a.m. flight that will arrive in Huntington, W.Va. at 8 a.m. From there, the Dolphins will use the next three hours to bus to Morehead and eat a pregame meal.
“This is a unique situation, but we expect our guys to handle our business like we would on any other road trip,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “This is a big game for us in the race for the league championship. Morehead State is a very good and always plays well at home.”
In their two home games, JU has outscored its opponents 103-7 and has put up more than 575 yards in total offense in each game. The two offensive onslaughts are two of the top five outputs in school history.
The JU record book has been under siege this season as several Dolphins are within striking distance of major milestones. Sophomore running back Rudell Small needs just over 300 yards in the final six games to rush for 1,000 yards this season. Freshman quarterback Josh McGregor needs less than 800 yards to set the school’s single-season passing yards record.
On top of that, he needs just 407 yards to move into fourth place on the school’s all-time passing yards list.
Saturday’s contest will be broadcast on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan calling the play-by-play. The Bono’s pregame show starts at 12:30 p.m., with kickoff set for 1 p.m.