SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2003
Football Wraps Season With 34-14 Win Over Webber International
Nov. 15, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior running back Emmett Hunter (Largo, Fla.) rushed 31 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns in his final collegiate game, and the Jacksonville defense shut down Webber International for a 34-14 win on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field. With their third win over a scholarship program this season, the Dolphins finished their sixth season of football with a 5-6 record, the second-most wins in school history. JU went 6-5 in 2001 en route to the Pioneer Football League South Division Championship. Webber International finished 3-7 in its first season of intercollegiate football.
The JU defense limited the Warriors to a season-low 222 yards of total offense, including just 51 yards in the second half. The Dolphins also had an interception and sacked QB Brian Coconato three times. Junior linebacker Tim Hasse (Bradenton, Fla.) led the charge with a team-high 11 tackles to finish the season with a team-best 87 tackles. Junior defensive end Jason Bense (Panama City, Fla.) added five stops, including two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks (-13 yards).
The Dolphins, meanwhile, scored 20 fourth-quarter points, thanks to a pair of touchdown passes from sophomore Mike Sturgill (Vero Beach, Fla.) and a 16-yard TD run by Hunter with 2:44 to play. Hunter finished his career with a single-season record 1,467 yards and 11 touchdowns and bettered his career mark with 2,349 yards in three seasons. Sturgill completed 12-of-24 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns to eclipse his own single-season record with 2,060 yards and 20 touchdowns. JU racked up 430 yards of total offense.
Sturgill hit Eldin Ferguson (Riviera Beach, Fla.) with a 20-yard fade midway through the fourth to give JU a 21-12 lead. Following a 21-yard punt return by Julio Santiago (Jacksonville/Bolles), the Dolphins extended the lead to 27-12 when Sturgill hit senior wide receiver Travis Lewis (Crescent City, Fla.) on a 30-yard slant. Webber blocked the point-after attempt and returned the kick for two points to make it 27-14. JU got the ball back when sophomore cornerback Leighton Henderson (Miami, Fla.) picked off Coconato for his first career interception. Two plays later Hunter rumbled 16 yards around the left end for his 11th touchdown of the season to give the Dolphins a 34-14 lead with 2:44 to play.
JU took a 7-0 lead when Sturgill hit sophomore wideout Richard Gayle (North Port, Fla.) with a 35-yard TD strike to cap a 10-play, 73-yard drive with 4:57 to play in the first. The Dolphins extended the lead to 14-0 when Hunter scampered 26 yards for the score early in the second quarter. Webber answered with an 11-play, 80-yard drive capped by a Chris Ginyard 10-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 14-6 at the 8:38 mark of the second. The Warriors made it 14-12 with four seconds to play in the half when Coconato hit Jason Bradley with a 4-yard pass to cap an 18-play, 80 yard drive which consumed 7:31 and was marred by penalties.
The 11 JU seniors were honored in a pre-game ceremony and Hunter was presented with a commemorative ball for becoming the Dolphins' all-time leading rusher. There was also a flyover by two SE3 jets in honor of Military Day at D.B. Milne Field.