Despite second half comeback, junior varsity football falls to Fork Union 35-23

Oct. 4, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU junior varsity football team fell to Fork Union Military Academy, 35-23, Thursday afternoon at the D.B. Milne Field.

The Dolphins' defense stepped up, creating five turnovers, including a fumble recovery for a touchdown by linebacker Mike Johns with 2:33 left in the third quarter to cut Fork Union's lead to five.

The fourth quarter was all Fork Union on the ground as running back Cedric Gonnett scored FUMA's fourth rushing touchdown of the game with 14:08 left in the game to seal the victory.

FUMA took the lead with 10:28 to go in the first quarter from a 30-yard run by Eric Baker and doubled their advantage on the first play of the second quarter with a three yard run by Jerome Ambrose.

Dolphins' kicker Jamie Martin reduced the lead to 14-3 after his 34-yard field goal attempt split the uprights.

With six minutes to go in the second half, Baker scored his second touchdown of the game, this one from four yards out to make the score 21-3.

Jack Solak came in at quarterback from the Dolphins and capped off his first drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kenny Thomas.

Quarterback Josh Johnson hooked up with wide receiver Akeem Auguste on a 34-yard scoring pass to give FUMA a 28-10 half time advantage.

The Dolphins started off hot in the second half, with quarterback Jeremy Thornton scoring with 5:21 remaining in the third quarter on a one yard touchdown run before Johns fumble recovery reduced the score to 28-23. But that was as close as it got.

Running back Bradley Grant gained 54 yards on just nine carries and also had two receptions for 47 yards. Running back Maurice Manning had 74 yards on 12 carries and made four receptions for 46 yards. The Dolphins had 149 yards rushing as a team.

Michael Pollard made an interception for the Dolphins, while Jacob Casey and Delt Cason each had a fumble recovery.

The JU junior varsity football team will travel to Webber International on Nov. 1 for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.