Football routs Webber for Homecoming, 51-7
Tommie Rogers
Tommie Rogers
After two straight lackluster finishes, the JU football team finished what they started on Thursday night.

In front of a crowd of 4,148 at Skinner-Barco Stadium, the second largest in school history, the Dolphins knocked off Webber International for Homecoming, 51-7.

JU (3-3) put up 576 yards of total offense in the game, with 396 of that coming in the air. Freshman Josh McGregor completed 17-of-24 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns. The Dolphins tied the school record for most touchdown passes in a game with four, the seventh time in school history that JU quarterbacks have tossed that many.

“We came out hard in the second half and really responded,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “We created some turnovers and took advantage of their mistakes, which is what we had challenged the team to do during the past two weeks.”

The Dolphins defense forced five turnovers, including four fumbles. Strong safety Tremaine Mack scored his second defensive touchdown of the season, forcing a fumble and then returning it 13 yards for the first score of the second half. Mack led the Dolphins with five tackles, with four solos, including a sack.

JU’s defense held Webber to 179 yards of total offense, with only 55 coming through the air. The Dolphins have dominated their two home games, out scoring their opponents 103-7, holding both of their opponents to less than 250 yards of total offense.

Jacksonville took its time getting on the board and slowly built a 21-0 lead by halftime. Rudell Small opened the scoring with a 2-yard run with 2:15 left in the first quarter.

Chris Kuck caught the first of his two touchdowns with a 4-yard pass from McGregor midway through the second quarter, with Tommie Rogers’ electrifying 50-yard reception from McGregor padding the Dolphins’ halftime lead.

After being challenged by Bell in the locker room at halftime, the Dolphins scored 23 points in the third quarter to put the game away. Mack opened the scoring with his fumble recovery, followed by Elliott Finkley hooking up with McGregor on an 18-yard pass to make the score 35-0.

Less than two minutes later, Kuck was back in the endzone again – this time a 30-yard reception from Erik Stepelton to make the score 41-0.

Josh Hostetler booted a 30-yard field goal with 3:45 left in the quarter to put the Dolphins on top 44-0.

Senior fullback Jeremy Brown cracked the end zone to start the fourth quarter for his first touchdown of the season.

The Warriors (0-5) scored with 3:30 left in the game with Eric Snyder caught a 37-yard pass from Cory Johns to complete the final margin. Taylor Atwood led the Warriors’ offense with 108 yards on the ground.

Geavon Tribble led 11 Dolphins in receiving yards with 79, while Rogers and Cameron Abdallah had four catches. Rudell Small led JU in rushing with 57 yards on 13 carries with his sixth touchdown of the season.

Stepelton finished the game having completed 8-of-14 for 112 yards.

The Dolphins are back in action again next Saturday as they jump back into Pioneer Football League play at Morehead State.