SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012
Randle helps JU win 15th consecutive at home
D’Andre Randle picked a pretty good time to play his best game as a collegian as he caught two touchdown passes and Jacksonville extended its FCS-best home win streak as the Dolphins beat Webber International 33-10 in the home opener Saturday.
Randle, a sophomore wide receiver from Miami, Fla., caught scoring passes of 64 and 34 yards with the latter proving to be the game winner for the Dolphins (2-1). It was the 15th consecutive home win for JU.
Randle struck the first time when he and quarterback Kade Bell connected on the 64-yard score with 9:36 to play in the first half. That td put the Dolphins up 16-3 and was the game winning effort.
His second touchdown catch was 34 yards from Trevius Folston with 23 second to play in the second quarter.
“It was my best day as a collegian,’’ Randle said. “Last year I didn’t get a lot of playing time and this year I’m going to work on it. I didn’t expect two touchdowns today but it is what it is it was a great game.’’
The Dolphins never trailed in the game, but couldn’t shake a pesky Warrior defense in the first quarter.
JU wide receiver Adrian Riley started the scoring on a 26-yard toss from Bell with 10:36 to go in the first quarter. It was the 11th consecutive game in which Riley, who had 72 yards on four catches, has caught a pass.
Other than Randle’s other scores in the half, place kicker Dylan Lynch connected on field goals of 50 and 35 yards for a 26-10 lead at the half.
The Dolphins suffered a big blow late in the second quarter when Bell suffered a concussion after taking a hit from WIU’s Luckner Petitho at the end of an 18-yard run. Bell exited completing nine of 18 passes for 154 yards and the two touchdowns.
JU scored only seven points in the second half when senior running back Keith Dawson scored on an 11-yard run with 10:48 to play in the game. Dawson led all rushers with 97 yards on nine carries.
Folston wound up going 20-for-33 for 209 yards and one interception.
“I think I did pretty well,’’ Folston said. “I could have executed a little better, I missed a couple passes but I’m not complaining. We got a win and we’ll work on it next week in practice.’’
JU coach Kerwin Bell said once Kade Bell went down the offense focus was to get Folston plays.
“I wasn’t worried about the score, I’m just trying to get him reps,’’ Kerwin Bell said. “If we have him next week, if Kade can’t go, we’ve got to get him ready. His thing is if the first one’s there he can make the throw. If the second one is there he can go through his reads. If it goes past there, he sticks in the pocket too much and takes negative plays.’’
The JU pass defense once again lived up to its reputation by hold three Webber quarterbacks to just two completions on 19 tries for 25 yards.
Defensive end Luidji Michel, also from Miami, led the way with eight tackles (two solo, eight assists), a half sack and a tackle for loss. It was the 14th consecutive game Michel has recorded at least one unassisted tackle.
Defensive tackle Mike Mayoral recovered a fumble as did safety Andre Addison while linebacker Layne McCombs forced a fumble and was in on four stops. Montaque Mack and Jamaal Coleman each had four tackles.
Kerwin Bell said that while he was happy with the win, he’s got plenty of concern heading to Dayton.
“We’re doing little things like that that a young team does that we’ve got to make sure we correct before we start out conference play next week,’’ he said.
The Dayton game has kickoff scheduled at 1 p.m.
- Jim Nasella