Jacksonville taking no chances with Limestone

Bobby Hart (Photo by Skip Tapp Widespread Photography)
Bobby Hart (Photo by Skip Tapp Widespread Photography)

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Heading to the mid-point of a five-game road trip and with a trio of key league games to come, Jacksonville University football coach Kerwin Bell is taking no chances as his team heads to Gaffney, S.C., this week to play Limestone College.

The Dolphins have reeled off six straight wins which has started to gather national recognition. Jacksonville is listed under 'others receiving votes' in both The Sports Network FCS Top 25 and the FCS Top 25 Coaches Poll. The team is 17th under others recieving votes for The Sports Network Poll with 20 votes, while they are the eighth team listed in the FCS poll with nine points.


Given that Limestone (2-5) is a first-year Division II program, it wouldn't be a stretch that the Dolphins (6-1, 5-0 in the Pioneer Football League) would look past the Saints and to the final three PFL games at Marist and Davidson and the finale at home against Campbell.

Bell is having none of that talk.

"Being they are Division II, they have 36 scholarship players and they are a very good looking team when you see them on film,'' Bell said. "They're physical and big kids; big, athletic kids. It's going to be a chance to play somebody we haven't played before and it will be a challenge for us.''

Because of all that, this week will be business as usual and Bell is wary because both of the Saints' wins have come at home.

"We're taking this as a business trip; a business week,'' Bell said. "We're going to try to get better as a team. We have to go up there and play well early and give us a chance to win on the road.''

The Dolphins are hoping to get some of their banged up players a bit of a break.

"We may be able to get some guys who need healing up, this might be the week to get them out of there so we can go and get the ready for that three game run stretch for the PFL,'' Bell said. "We're banged up just like the other teams are with it being the middle of the season and we're trying to make sure we manage that especially with that three-game series at the end of the year. We want to be healthy as we can be. Our trainers, Doug Frye, are doing a great job with our guys. We want to get some of the injured to get healthy. We've got to get everybody on board to win these remaining games.''

Kickoff Saturday is 1 p.m. and the game can be heard on 92.5 FM.