JU traveling again to start PFL schedule
J.J. Laster (8) rushed for 93 yards on eight carries against Campbell last season.
J.J. Laster (8) rushed for 93 yards on eight carries against Campbell last season.
After a week at home and its first win of the season Saturday, the Jacksonville University football team travels to North Carolina this week to take on Campbell in the Pioneer Football League opener for both teams.

JU (1-2) spent the first two weeks traveling and had two losses to show for it before returning to D.B. Milne Field and a 37-30 win over Charleston Southern. It was the team’s 10th consecutive home win, a school record.

In that victory, kick returner Colby Walden returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown to ignite the Dolphins. Running back J.J. Laster had 128 yards rushing and tight end Quintin Davis had a career high 117 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Meanwhile, the Camels (1-1) have had a bye week and extra time to get ready after they shellacked Apprentice 76-0 in their last outing, a game in which running back C.J. Oates ran for 139 yards and scored a school record four touchdowns. Campbell lost its opener to Old Dominion 41-14.

The game will be the first time this season JU has played a non-scholarship school. The Dolphins lost at The Citadel and Western Illinois before last week’s win.

“We’ve had a tough stretch of opponents and that’s going to continue this week,’’ coach Kerwin Bell said. “We’re starting conference play and the importance of that is what we’ll stress to the team this week.’’

JU won the last meeting against the Camels, 31-24, in the season ending contest last year. The Dolphins pulled it out with less than two minutes to play and the win earned them a piece of the PFL title with Dayton.