Long Awaited Return Home

Long Awaited Return Home

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coming off an impressive September that saw the Jacksonville Dolphins win all three of their road games, including the first win by a Pioneer Football League school over a Colonial Athletic Association school in a 20-14 season opening win at Delaware, the Dolphins open their home schedule Saturday at 1 p.m. against PFL opponent Morehead State.

"I think it's going to be good for our kids to get a game in front of the home crowd with their families, friends, and all the fans here," said Head Coach Kerwin Bell.

Center Logan Williamson is eager as well to be in front of the home crowd.

"We're excited to show not only our fans but the entire team of Jacksonville what we have this year," he said.

Jacksonville (3-0, 1-0) earned its first win at Marist in its last three tries with a gritty 20-16 outcome last week. While happy to leave New York with a win in their pocket, the Dolphins are by no means satisfied with last week's result.

"We've got to cut down on procedure penalties. You can't have nine illegal procedure penalties (and expect to win)," said Bell. "We've got to take care of the football. Offensively, as far as going up and down the field I thought we executed pretty well, but we just didn't finish drives."  

The Dolphin offense, which is averaging an impressive 385.7 yards per game, including over 300 through the air, will face a confident Morehead State (2-2, 1-0) defense. The Eagles are coming off their first back-to-back shutouts since 1979 and rank sixth in the FCS with a +7 turnover margin.

On the flip side, Jacksonville's defense will face a stiff test in MSU quarterback Austin Gahafer. He leads the PFL with 11 touchdown passes, and has thrown for 1,075 yards through four games. The junior leads the team with two rushing touchdowns as well. His leading target is slot receiver Jake Raymond, who is second in the league behind Jacksonville receiver Andy Jones averaging 7.8 receptions and 77.8 receiving yards per game.

The Dolphin defense has been dynamite this year when needed the most. Jacksonville leads the FCS in red zone defense with three scores allowed in 10 attempts, and its 12 forced turnovers is good for fourth.

History favors the Dolphins in this matchup. The Dolphins last fell to the Eagles in 2005, marking nine straight victories, and the Dolphins lead the series 10-4. As of late, Jacksonville has

outscored Morehead State 202-76 dating back to 2011. The Dolphins have also won their last five home openers.

Fans can catch tomorrow's tilt in nearly every avenue. The game will be the first football broadcast on ESPN3 at D.B. Milne Field. Scott Manze, David Lamm, and Patrick Wilkins will be on the inaugural broadcast. The radio broadcast will again be on http://mixlr.com/judolphins/ with Nolan Alexander and former JU standout Jordan Dewhirst providing color commentary. The pregame show is set for 12:30 p.m. Fans can also follow the action with live stats on www.judolphins.com.

For more information on tickets, visit www.judolphins.com. Fans in attendance tomorrow should note that there will be a $5 charge for parking at each of the five home games this season.

Once parked, fans may choose to shuttle to the football field via one of the six-seat golf carts being supplied by EZ eventride this season. Fans with appropriate parking passes, such as at The Grove or other designated parking lots, will be directed to those areas. Parking lots this week will open at 8 a.m. and stadium gates will open at 11 a.m.