Football heads to Drake for final road game of 2007

Oct. 25, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU football team wraps up its cross country road trips this weekend as the Dolphins face Drake in a key Pioneer Football League matchup.

The game features two teams coming off tough losses last week. The Dolphins (2-5, 1-3 PFL) are looking to bounce back after a rough outing in San Diego while Drake (5-3, 2-2 PFL) is reeling from a last-second field goal in a 24-21 loss to Davidson.

"This is a big game for both teams to get some momentum entering the final month of the season," said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. "We're looking at this as an opportunity for our seniors to go out on top and finish their careers on a high note."

For the Dolphins, several players are chasing spots in history.

Quarterback Chris Horton needs to throw for 795 yards to pass Mike Sturgill atop the school's all-time list. He also needs 99 completions and seven touchdowns to take set the school records in those categories.

A trio of receivers is etching their names in the records books as well. Senior Michael Jenner is now fourth on the all-time receiving yards list with 1,086 and needs just 139 more to pass Eldin Ferguson for third. Junior Geavon Tribble is right on his heels with 1,064 and needs five yards to pass Travis Lewis for fifth.

Jenner is tied for third on the all-time receptions list with 88 and needs just seven more to tie Brett Palmi for second. Senior Nate Conner is fifth on the all-time receptions list with 68, with Tribble ranking seventh with 58.

Conner leads the trio in touchdown receptions with 12, which is good enough for a tie for second on the all-time list. He needs two more to tie Jon Turner for the school record. Tribble enters this weekend's game with seven, which is fifth all time.

Defensively, James Mills and Robson Noel are on a chase for records as well. Noel leads the team with 59 tackles and needs 10 more to crack the top five for a single season.

Mills has four interceptions on the season and needs just one more to tie Linj Shell's school record of five set back in 2001.

JU is looking to snap a six-game losing streak to the Bulldogs as Drake has won every meeting between the two schools.

Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (EST) and will be broadcast on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan calling the action. The Bono's pregame show will begin at 1:30 p.m.