WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008
PFL title chances hang in the balance against San Diego
After a successful day trip to Morehead State last week, the JU football team returns to D.B. Milne Field this Saturday with a bigger mission to accomplish.
The Dolphins (4-3, 2-1 PFL) face three-time defending Pioneer Football League champion San Diego (6-0, 4-0 PFL) with JU’s hopes of a first league title hanging in the balance.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m., with the game being broadcast on 1010XL and available on ASun.TV.
“This is a big game against one of the best teams, not just in our league, but the country,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “They have a very strong program that is well coached and will be ready to play.”
JU has never beaten the Toreros in three previous meetings, dropping a 62-23 decision on the West Coast last season.
The “Battle of I-10” will feature two of the most prolific offenses in the league facing two of the stingiest defenses.
The Dolphins defense is ranked 10th in the country in yards per game, allowing just 286.3 yards per contest. Jacksonville’s offense is averaging 412.7 yards per game, the second highest total in the league behind the Toreros.
San Diego comes in with the top offense in the league, averaging 435.2 yards per game – with an average of 270.2 through the air.
The Toreros defense is the second best in the PFL, allowing 267.7 yards per game.
Aiding the Dolphins effort is a confidence building effort at Morehead State last week. Freshman quarterback Josh McGregor threw a school-record six touchdowns in leading JU to a 40-9 win over the Eagles.
The defense held the vaunted Eagles rushing attack to just 30 yards while racking up six tackles for a loss.
“We had a great effort against Morehead State, on offense and defense,” Bell said. “We played a complete game for 60 minutes, which is what we have been preaching the past few weeks.
“Our guys know what it is going to take to win this week and we’ve had a good week of preparation so far. I know they are excited and will be ready to play on Saturday.”