SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2003
Football Posts Record Comeback Win In 42-38 Upset of Wingate
Sept. 13, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior running back Emmett Hunter (Largo, Fla.) ran for a career-best 141 yards and two touchdowns as JU scored 21 unanswered fourth-quarter points to upset Wingate, 42-38, Saturday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field. The Dolphins (1-1), who trailed 38-21 with 10:49 to play in the game, racked up 512 yards of total offense, while limiting the Bulldogs to just seven points in the second half. Wingate (2-1) led 21-0 early in the second quarter.
Trailing 38-28 with 7:37 to play in the game, JU marched 73 yards on six plays and cut the lead to 38-35 following a 14-yard touchdown run by Hunter. Dolphin back-up quarterback Kevin Haggerty (Parkland, Fla.) came off the bench for the injured starter, Mike Sturgill (Vero Beach, Fla.), to complete four consecutive passes on the drive for 65 yards to move the Dolphins to the Wingate 14-yard line.
After two Bulldog penalties and a sack, Wingate was forced to punt setting up the game-winning drive. Sturgill returned to complete 3-of-5 passes for 36 yards, while scrambling for 12 yards including a key first down, as JU went 58 yards on 10 plays for the game-winning 7-yard score by Hunter with 1:11 to play in the game. Junior linebacker Adam Griffin (Jacksonville/Ed White), a transfer from Wingate who had seven tackles on the afternoon, stripped Bulldog wideout Rip Smith on Wingate's next possession and recovered the fumble at the JU 27-yard line to seal the victory with 37 seconds to play.
Sturgill threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns, including a career-best five catches for 130 yards and score by senior wideout Travis Lewis (Crecent City, Fla.). Sophomore Julio Santiago (Jacksonville/Bolles) added a career-best five receptions for 80 yards, as the Dolphins amassed 249 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter. Junior tailback Antonio Hailstock paced Wingate with 153 yards and two touchdowns, while junior quarterback Brad Hinson came off the bench to complete 12-of-23 passes for 129 yards. Bulldog starter Stuart Card left the game midway through the second quarter with an injured shoulder. JU senior free safety Charlton Williams (Lynn Haven, Fla.) led the Dolphin defense with nine tackles.
Wingate score 21 unanswered points to open the game, including a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown by Erie Williams with 6:10 to play in the first, which gave the Bulldogs a 14-0 advantage. Card hit Zeke McKine with a 31-yard touchdown pass at the 12:00 mark of the second to cap an eight-play, 70-yard drive and give Wingate the 21-0 advantage. The Dolphins finally struck when freshman running back Jason Laurence (St. Petersburg, Fla.) scampered seven yards to cap an eight-play, 80-yard drive with 10:57 to play in the second.
Following a Wingate fumble, the Dolphins cut the lead to 21-14 less than a minute later on a 16-yard TD pass from Sturgill to tight end Jimmy Willman (Ocala, Fla.). The Bulldogs answered with a 37-yard Hailstock touchdown run and then tacked on a 30-yard field goal to take a 31-14 halftime lead.
After a scoreless third quarter, Lewis caught a 30-yard touchdown strike from Sturgill to cut the deficit to 31-21 at the 13:01 mark of the fourth. Hailstock scored again on a 23-yard run with 10:49 to play in the game to give the Bulldogs a 38-21 advantage.