Jacksonville routs Webber International, 41-0
The JU football team put up big numbers on offense and had a standout defensive performance to race past Webber International, 41-0, in front of a crowd of 4,130 at Skinner-Barco Stadium on Saturday night.

Jacksonville (2-1) put up 530 yards on offense, with Rudell Small rushing for 153 yards on 18 carries and Josh McGregor throwing for 327 yards -his second-best single-game performance of his career.

The defense’s effort was equal to the offense, holding the Warriors (2-2) to just 224 yards of total offense – forcing four turnovers, including three interceptions. After watching Appalachian State kill the Dolphins chances on third down last week, the Dolphins held Webber to just 3-of-14 on third down and 0-for-3 on fourth down.

“We didn’t get off to a good start, but we were able to get rolling in the second half,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “I really like how we finished the game to never let them get back into it. We were able to be physical when we needed to, on both sides of the ball.”

JU owned a 10-0 lead at halftime thanks to Small’s 2-yard run with 1:41 left in the half, setup by a 34-yard pass by McGregor to Rodney Sumter.

“You’ve got to give credit to Webber, they did some things that took out of us rhythm in the first half,” Bell said. “Our defense really kept us in the game, making big plays throughout the game.”

The Dolphins got off to a slow start in the second half, taking control of the game with 2:38 left in the third when McGregor connected on a 21-yard touchdown pass to Sumter, giving JU a 17-0 lead.

Jacksonville opened the flood gates in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter – scoring on its first three drives to take a 34-0 lead. McGregor connected on a 42-yard scoring pass to a wide-open Josh Philpart, followed by a 9-yard touchdown pass to Elliott Finkley. Josh Hostetler’s 37-yard field goal capped the scoring spurt.

Erik Stepelton closed out the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Matt Meehan with 29 seconds left in the game to put the finishing touches on a 41-0 win.

While the offense was slow to get started, the defense was ready from the opening bell. Layne McCombs led the JU defensive effort with nine tackles, including two for a loss and the first sack for the Dolphins this season, along with forcing a fumble.

JU held the Warriors to just 110 yards in the air, picking off three passes – one each by Leonard Smith, Joseph Fennell and Andre Addision.

McGregor finished the game completing 17-of-31 for three touchdowns and threw for more than 300 yards for the fifth time in his career. He has now thrown a touchdown in 11 straight games, with three or more touchdown passes in eight of those contests.

His favorite targets tonight were Philpart, Finkley and Sumter – leading a group of 11 Dolphins that caught a pass in the game. Philpart had four catches for 71 yards with a touchdown, while Finkley had four catches for 41 yards and one score. Sumter led the team with 78 yards on three catches with one touchdown.

Jacksonville hits the road against next week as the Dolphins open Pioneer Football League play against Davidson.