GAFFNEY, S.C. – Ignited by an offense that netted 651 yards and an interception return of 95 yards, the Jacksonville University football team bolted to a 42-7 halftime lead and went on to win its seventh consecutive game with a 61-10 victory over Limestone on Saturday.
The Dolphins (7-1, 5-0 Pioneer Football League), started the onslaught only 52 seconds in the game when quarterback Kade Bell hit running back Frantz Caudio on a 35-yard touchdown pass to end a three-play, 79 yard drive.
The 61 points was the most the team has scored since 2013 against Warner University and ties for fourth the all-time points in a game.
"We played well and executed at a high level,'' Jacksonville coach Kerwin Bell said. "It was a big win, they have some athletes and are going to be good.''
Bell, who was 9 of 12 for 185 yards and three touchdowns, then hit running back Orlando Thomas for a 58-yard score and followed that with an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Andy Jones and a 21-0 first quarter lead over the first-year Division II program.
The Dolphins kept up the pressure in the second quarter as Caudio scored on a 9-yard run and Ulysses Bryant ran in from the 3. In between, junior rover Andrew Hooks intercepted a pass from Limestone (2-6) quarterback Jonathon Clark and returned it 95 yards for a touchdown.
The return was the second longest in school history, and the interception was the team's 17th of the season, setting a school record.
"I'm a little tired,'' Hooks said. "But, it's a great way to break the record.''
The Dolphins netted 331 yards on offense in the half and scored on all six possessions and the 651 yards are the fourth best in school history. Bryant, who rested the second half, finished his day with 108 yards rushing, the sixth 100-yard game of the season for him.
Caudio scored his third touchdown of the game in the third quarter and the Dolphins recorded a safety by Nnamdi Ofodile and saw quarterback Rylan Wells score on a 31-yard run in the fourth quarter. Place kicker Brandon Behr added a 20-yard field goal.
The Dolphins, who lead the PFL, get back to league play next week at Marist as they begin a three-game push for the title.
- The seven consecutive wins tie the second longest streak in school history as the 2008 team matched the total. The school record is nine achieved in 2010.
- The defense recorded four sacks, the first four-sack game of the year.
- Following the Andrew Hooks interception, defensive back Nick Benton had a pick, the team's 18th of the year, which leads the nation