MONDAY, NOVEMBER 05, 2012
JU regrouping for Campbell charge
Reeling from a pair of Pioneer Football League losses, the JU football team will try to get back on track Saturday when it plays host to Campbell.
The Dolphins (6-3, 4-2) are trying to rebound from last week’s last-second, 19-16 loss at Butler which knocked JU from the PFL title chase.
The Camels, from Buies Creek, N.C., have been beset by injuries and have posted a 1-8 record this season, 0-6 in conference and they have a seven-game losing streak.
“We aren’t concerned with their record,’’ JU coach Kerwin Bell said. “As with some other teams in our conference, Jacksonville is one of their bigger games of the season and I’m sure we’ll get their best shot.’’
Beyond that, Bell said the Dolphins need to focus on the Dolphins after two consecutive PFL losses (San Diego was the other).
“We’ve got to worry about what we do,’’ he said. “We have got to regroup this week and finish this thing strong. We want our seniors to go out winners and we want to start setting for the future.’’
Butler put together a 95-yard game winning drive in the last 2:55 to beat JU when quarterback Matt Lancaster scored from the 1-yard line on fourth and goal to give the Bulldogs at least a share of the PFL title.
The game was the first collegiate start for JU quarterback Trevius Folston. Folston, starting for injured Kade Bell, wound up going 19-for-27 for 144 yards and running back Keith Dawson, coming back from an injury, rushed for 99 yards.
The Dolphin defense held Butler to just 59 yards rushing, its best outing of the season. Since giving up 557 yards rushing to Georgia Southern in the season-opener, the Dolphins have given up only 717 on the ground in all eight games combined since and now are at 141 yards per game, 39th best in the country.
Saturday’s game will be Military Appreciation Day with all active duty or retired military admitted free and family members for $5. The game is scheduled for noon and will be carried on CW17 television with Cole Pepper and Steve Gilbert on the call. On radio, Terry Norvelle and Josh McGregor anchor coverage with the pregame show at 11:30 a.m.