Dolphins set for Homecoming

Oct. 10, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After a bitter loss on the road, the JU football team returns to D.B. Milne Field for Homecoming this Saturday facing a tall task.

Instead of the proverbial cream puff to beat for the alumni, the Dolphins face Pioneer Football League co-leader Morehead State at Noon.

The game will be broadcast on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan and Frank Callihan calling the action. Live video streaming will be available through, with Cole Pepper, Micah Ross and Matt Kampfe describing the play. The game will air on a tape delay basis on Comcast Channel 14 in Jacksonville.

JU (1-4, 0-2 PFL) is licking its wounds after a 49-3 loss at Dayton. Nothing seemed to go right for the Dolphins as the Flyers were able to amass more than 500 yards in total offense.

The Dolphins offense struggled as well, gaining just 10 first downs and 184 yards of total offense.

"We're not a confident football team right now," said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. "We've had a lot thrown at us in the past two weeks and we've got to come together as a team."

For the third time this season, JU ran out multiple quarterbacks at Dayton - this time using all three on the roster and each one has something to gain from the experience.

Senior Chris Horton completed 8-of-16 for 67 yards, but was sacked three times. Redshirt freshman Erik Stepelton was 7-of-22, but threw for a team-high 99 yards. True freshman Spencer Endsley saw his first collegiate action, completing his first attempt before throwing an interception.

"We're looking to find some consistency at quarterback right now," Bell said. "We have some guys that can make plays, but we're not doing it on a consistent basis."

JU will also look to revive its running game against one of the toughest run defenses in the PFL. The Dolphins managed just eight yards on the ground last week at Dayton, with freshman Rudell Small leading the team with 14 before going out with an injury.

The game also marks the 10th Homecoming football game, with all of the players in attendance being honored at the beginning of halftime.

"Homecoming is a special tradition and it's going to be great to have so many of the former players return for the game," Bell said. "There are a lot of guys who helped build the foundation for this program and it will be exciting to meet with them before the game. Our guys know that there will be a lot of the former guys watching and they will be playing their best in front of them."