Football wraps up first scrimmage for 2010 season
The JU football team sloshed through a steady rain for most of the afternoon to complete the Dolphins’ first live scrimmage of the season on Saturday at Fletcher High School in Jacksonville Beach.

Quarterbacks Josh McGregor and Erik Stepelton each had solid days to lead the offense during the scrimmage. McGregor went 17-for-25 with 230 yards in the air, while Stepelton finished 9-for-15 for 100 yards and had two of the three touchdown strikes.

As expected in the first scrimmage, the defense had several takeaways including a fumble recovery for a score and interception from Cevonta Heagle.

“This was a good first scrimmage,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “Both sides of the ball had their bright moments. We did see mistakes, but we will correct those once we get a chance to review the film. Overall, I’m pleased with the effort and we will go back to work in practice to try to get better for the next scrimmage.

The Dolphins defense limited the first string offense to just three points during their first two sets of plays.

During the first series, McGregor had a 33-yard strike to Rodney Sumter, but Will Perry had a tackle for a loss and Layne McCombs had an interception in the next two plays to end the drive.

McGregor had a 40-yard pass play in their second series to Andrew Davis before Leonard Smith stripped the ball for a fumble to thwart the completion. The coaches would restart the drive with McGregor getting back-to-back big completions to Josh Philpart and Sumter. The defense would hold the offense to a field goal – a 36-yarder from Josh Hostetler.

The first team offense would finally score a touchdown in their third set of plays after Elliot Finkley recording on two-yard running play.

Stepelton was able to have a little bit more success in his first series against the defense after going 3-for-4 resulting in a 39-yard strike to Ray Scott. He led the Dolphins down the field to start the second half of the scrimmage to set up a six-yard touchdown pass to Rodney Sumter.

Scott Hensley, Trevius Folsum and Rafael Echemandia each saw action under center during their first scrimmage. Folsum struggled through his first two series before hitting Quintin Davis on a touchdown pass. Echemandia led the Dolphins to score on a rushing play to close out the day.

The Dolphins will return to the practice fields this week to start prepping for their next scrimmage on Aug. 21 at Bolles High School.