TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 04, 2008
Football makes road trip to Valparaiso with title hopes on the line again
For three straight weeks, the JU football team has put its Pioneer Football League title hopes on the line and has come out with them intact.

The Dolphins (6-3, 4-1 PFL) will hit the friendly skies for the final time this season as they travel to face Valparaiso (2-6, 1-4 PFL) with their school-record tying four game-winning streak.

There is an excitement around the Dolphins that hasn’t been around in a quite awhile. Since Donovan Curry’s 50-yard field goal beat San Diego, Jacksonville’s program has turned a corner and is playing at such a high level that JU had another first this week – earning a vote in The Sports Network Top 25 poll.

“This is an exciting time around our football program,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “But our guys know that what we’ve done only matters if we continue to work hard and keep progressing towards our goal – a PFL championship.”

Leading the Dolphins on offense last week was quarterback Josh McGregor, who broke the school record for most passing touchdowns. His four touchdowns against Butler gave him 21 on the season, surpassing Mike Sturgill’s record of 20.

The defense stifled the PFL’s top-rated quarterback, Matt Kobli, showing why they are ranked in the top 10 nationally in pass defense. Sophomore Will Perry had a season-best 13 tackles, including a sack, while sophomore defensive lineman Shaun Lewis had three sacks, a fumble forced and a 38-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.

“This group has really come together as a team,” Bell said. “We’ve got some guys banged up and we’re getting some great efforts from guys off the bench. We need everyone to keep getting this kind of effort every week.”

Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, with the game airing on 1010XL. The Bono’s BBQ pregame show starts at 1:30 p.m.