SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 02, 2000
Football Falls To Lenoir-Rhyne 24-14 In Season Opener
Sept. 2, 2000
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Freshman wide receiver Kennard France had 10 catches for 135 yards, while sophomore tail back Jameil Surratt ran for 96 yards and three touchdowns to lead Lenoir-Rhyne to a 24-14 win over Jacksonville University Saturday afternoon in the Dolphins' season opener at D.B. Milne Field.
Junior wide receiver Brett Palmi (Lakeworth, Fla.) recorded JU's first-ever punt return for touchdown with a 64-yard scamper midway through the second quarter to tie that game at 14-14, but it was not enough to overcome seven Dolphin turnovers which led to 17 Lenoir-Rhyne points.
After falling behind 24-14 at the half, the Dolphin defense shut down the Bears in the second half holding Lenoir-Rhyne to just 44 yards rushing and 125 yards of total offense.
Junior quarterback Gary Cooper (Jacksonville, Fla.) led the Dolphins in rushing with 76 yards while completing 13-of-29 passes for 123 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Jonathan Turner (Melbourne, Fla.) had four receptions for 37 yards in his first collegiate action for JU.
The Dolphins struck first on a Brent Alexander (Tampa, Fla.) three-yard touchdown run less than three minutes into the game following a Lenoir-Rhyne turnover on the opening kickoff. The Bears responded with 14 unanswered points on touchdown runs of four and six yards by Surratt to take a 14-7 lead with 14:44 to play in the first half.
Surratt scored his third touchdown of the game at the 5:20 minute mark of the second quarter to cap a 12-play, 77-yard drive and give the Bears a 21-14 lead.
The Dolphins had a couple of opportunities to in the fourth quarter to cut into the Bears' lead, but Lenoir-Rhyne forced a fumble at their own 25 yard line and later stopped JU on fourth-and-three from the Bear five with 3:26 to play in the game.
The Dolphins return to action on Saturday, Sept. 9 when they travel to Davidson, N.C., to take on Davidson at 1:30 p.m.