JU wraps up preparation for San Diego
After winning its first elimination game last week, the JU football team faces another game that could dash their hopes of a Pioneer Football League championship.

The Dolphins face the three-time defending champions San Diego on Saturday at D.B. Milne Field, with kickoff set for 1 p.m.

JU (4-3, 2-1 PFL) enters the game having won two straight games, including an impressive 40-9 victory at Morehead State last week to keep its PFL title hopes alive.

The task before the Dolphins is a large one. The Toreros (6-0, 4-0 PFL) have lost just one game in the last three seasons in conference play.

“They are a championship-caliber program,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “They have a championship mentality with only one goal on their mind – winning the PFL title. That’s where we want to be – a program that plays for championships on an yearly basis.”

These are two completely different teams than the ones that faced each other a year ago, with San Diego pummeling the Dolphins, 62-23. JU has just four seniors in the starting lineup, with more than 20 underclassmen in the first or second string.

San Diego lost all-everything quarterback Josh Johnson to graduation and the NFL, as he was selected in the fourth round by Tampa Bay. The Toreros lost starting running back J.T. Rogan in the season opener, but have been able to replace both well – scoring more than 40 points in every game this season.

“San Diego is a well-coached team that has a lot of depth at every position,” Bell said. “They have a lot of weapons and can beat you in a lot of different ways.”

The Dolphins wrap up their preparation with a walk-through on Friday.

“We’ve had a solid week of practice and the guys know what is at stake in this game,” Bell said. “They have really picked up the pace in practice the past couple of weeks and are prepared for this game.”

For fans that can’t make it to the game, you can listen to the JU Sports Network broadcast on 1010XL, with Bono’s pregame show starting at 12:30 p.m. Barry Milligan will handle the play-by-play, with Frank Calihan providing color analysis.

Fans wanting to watch the game can view it through video streaming channel at ASun.TV.