Dolphins destroy Davidson; back in PFL driver's seat

Kade Bell threw five touchdown passes in the first half against Davidson
Kade Bell threw five touchdown passes in the first half against Davidson

DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Jacksonville University offense re-found itself with six first half touchdowns and went on to beat Davidson 56-0 in a Pioneer Football League game here Saturday. The win, combined with Drake's 34-30 win over Dayton put the Dolphins on top of the PFL standings.

The Dolphins scored 59 seconds into the game as quarterback Kade Bell threw the first of his five first half touchdown passes to Andy Jones for 11 yards.

The Dolphins (8-2, 6-1) followed that with a 13-yard scoring run by running back Frantz Caudio with 10:05 to play in the quarter and Bell then got rolling.

He hit wide receiver Andrew Robustelli on a 5-yard touchdown pass, Robustelli's 100th career catch, connected with senior D'Andre Randle for 76 yards, Caudio for 19 yards and wide receiver Andy Jones for 50 yards to end the half and, in effect, the game.

The Dolphins rolled up 419 yards of offense in the first half alone.

JU added two touchdowns in the second half when Robustelli caught his second touchdown pass and Orlando Thomas added an 8-yard run.

Bell ended the game going 20-for-24 for 417 yards and had six touchdown passes for the second time this season. JU's 703 offensive yards is third best in school history.

The Dolphin defense intercepted five Davidson (1-9, 0-6) passes and held the Wildcats to 251 yards. The shutout was Jacksonville's first since September of 2010 when the Dolphins beat Webber International, 41-0.

"We were focused on these last two games (JU plays Campbell next week) and we kept the plan simple but stayed aggressive and it helped us keep the pedal to the metal,'' Bell said.

The win ended a five-game road trip for the Dolphins and the win leaves both JU and San Diego with one conference loss. JU would win the title in a head-to-head situation with the Toreros on JU's win earlier this year.

"Our guys are tired and it's going to be great to play the last one at home,'' JU coach Kerwin Bell said. "It's going to be a fun night. This conference is tough, everybody's got a chance to win. It's tough to play on the road week in and week out and we're still in the driver's seat.''

Next week's game, the season finale, will begin at 1 p.m. and is Senior Day where 16 seniors will be honored.

Game Notes

  • JU was five of six in trips to the red zone.
  • Wide receiver D'Andre Randle had 135 yards receiving including his 76-yarder.