Big Second Half For Jacksonville State Derails Dolphins

Dorian Guy
Dorian Guy

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- Jacksonville State outscored Jacksonville 24-0 in the third quarter on the way to a 48-13 win over the Dolphins on Saturday evening at Burgess-Snow Field. 

The Dolphins (0-2) struck first in the opening quarter sniffing out a fake punt by the Gamecocks (2-0) to set up an eight play 40 yard drive. The 1-yard touchdown pass fromKade Bell (Fleming Island, Fla.) to Dorian Guy(Jacksonville, Fla.) gave JU a 7-0 lead. After the Dolphins pitched a first quarter shutout for the second time in as many games this season, JSU tied the game in the second quarter on a 5-yard rush by Troymaine Pope. Pope added a 3-yard TD run two possessions later for a 14-7 lead. 

JU answered back with a 29-yard field goal from Dylan Lynch (Jacksonville, Fla.) to cut the deficit to 14-10. The eight-play, 63 yard drive that was fueled by 48 all-purpose yards from Orlando Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.). 

JSU was not done however as the Gamecocks went 75 yards down the field on the ensuing possession to capture a 21-10 lead heading into the second half. That momentum carried over into the second half. The Gamecocks scored on their first three possessions of the second half to build a 38-10 lead and take advantage of the game. The 17-0 spurt included a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown.

• Dylan Lynch became the all-time leader in field goals made at JU with his 29-yard field goal in the second quarter. Lynch now has 16 in his career moving past Donovan Curry, 14 (2006-09).
• Lynch also set a school record with a 73-yard punt in the third quarter
• Kade Bell set a career high with 24 completions. Bell found 11 different receivers throwing 24-48 for 242 yards 1 touchdown and 1 interception
• Dorian Guy had five catches for 84 yards and a TD. Four of his eight catches this season have gone for 20+ yards
• Ed Foley led the JU defense in tackles for a second straight game. Foley and freshman Grady Redding each had 13 tackles
• JU had a 32:51-27:09 advantage in time of possession