JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Despite a stinging last second loss to Marist Saturday, the Jacksonville University football team still is in the thick of the title chase in the Pioneer Football League as it prepares for the last of a grueling five-game road trip at Davidson College.
The Dolphins (7-2, 5-1) are tied with both Dayton and San Diego atop the league standings and coach Kerwin Bell is eager to get back to work and get the final game of the road trip in the past. He's still not sure if the time away from home affected his team in the 17-16 loss against the Red Foxes in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
"We're hoping we've got one more in us,'' Bell said Monday. "It's been a long journey, five in a row. I don't know if it was the weather up there or just the long road trip to Marist, but we didn't have the same spring in our step the whole game.''
While the Marist game was a 17-16 disappointment, it's time to move on, according to Bell.
"We've got to go play another one now and against a very improved team,'' he said. "Davidson is doing a good job of getting better and they have some good players.''
The Wildcats are but 1-8 overall and 0-5 in the league, but four losses were one-possession losses, include the latest two weeks ago against Stetson, 40-34.
The Dolphins still can have their way in the league.
"We're still in the thick of things,'' Bell said. "We win out and we tie for the championship and that's what we're looking at. We're still in control of our destiny as far as the championship is concerned. That's what our goal was and we're still alive. Marist was a tough, tough loss, we just didn't play our best and didn't make the plays at the end to win the game and we have to accept that and move on. We're still in control of what we set out to do.''