Special week for JU and San Diego
Colby Walden has been special on special teams this season with two kickoff returns for touchdowns.
Colby Walden has been special on special teams this season with two kickoff returns for touchdowns.
Let’s just call this week a little special. Special in that the JU football team plays host to one of its marquee matchups of the season and special in that JU coach Kerwin Bell has a feeling the game could come down to special teams.

The San Diego Toreros, the Toreros who ended the Dolphins’ Pioneer Football League championship hopes a year ago with a 23-14 win in San Diego, are coming to town in what has become a rivalry game.

“This is the team that spoiled our season last year at the end of the year and we’ve talked about that already as a team,’’ Bell said. “They’re one of the better teams in our conference and have been since we’ve been here and it’s turned, sort of, into a rivalry; an east coast-west coast rivalry in the last five years.’’

The PFL significance of this week’s game isn’t lost on Bell or the Dolphins who are 4-0 in the conference. San Diego is 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the PFL and can ill-afford a second league loss.

“Like no other year, this is going to go a long ways to deciding the conference championship,’’ Bell said. “We feel year in and year out they match up athletically as well as anybody with us. With the kind of athletes they have it’s going to be an exciting game.’’

Bell clearly has a fair amount of respect for the San Diego program and sees similarities in how both they and JU run things.

“One thing is they build their program on the same principles we do,’’ he said. “You stay away from turnovers and get field position. They’re real big on creating field position with their special teams and we’ve got to make sure we match that with our special teams. They’ve been special all year and we’ve been proud of that.’’

Bell said he believes special teams may decide this week’s outcome.

“We might have the top two special teams in the conference and it’s going to go a long ways as to who gets the better of whom and a long ways in who wins this game,’’

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be shown locally on CW17 television with Cole Pepper doing play-by-play and Steve Gilbert on as analyst. The radio broadcast will be on 92.5 FM and with Terry Norvelle and Josh McGregor on the call. The radio pregame show begins at 12:30 p.m.