JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Dolphins look to break a two-game losing streak with a much-welcomed home game against Davidson at D.B. Milne Field this Saturday at 1 p.m. for Military Appreciation Day.
"Davidson is a different team from last year. We need to understand that. I want to see us play like we did earlier in the year against Delaware by playing fast and with energy," said Head Coach Kerwin Bell.
Jacksonville (6-2) has dropped its last two games but has never lost three consecutive games since Bell took over the program in 2008. Under Bell, when JU has lost two in a row, it has scored an average of 45.86 points in the following game.
The series has been one-sided as of late. Jacksonville has scored 56 points in each of the last two games between the PFL schools, and in three of the last four meetings. The last loss against Davidson came in Bell's first year, 2008, a 38-35 setback. In last year's 56-0 triumph, Kade Bell tossed for six TDs, Andy Jones set his career-best with two receiving scores, and Grady Redding and Malik Slater each had their first interception, part of a team-record five in the game. Jacksonville also rolled out 703 yards of offense, good for third-most in program-history.
Davidson (1-7) enters the contest on a 21-game losing skid in the Pioneer Football League, but the Wildcats have played very well at times this season and their film has caught the attention of the Jacksonville coaches and players.
"They have two pretty good receivers and do different formations to try to get the ball to their playmakers and open up the offense. They can get in short yardage situations and try to move the football," said safety Dallas Jackson, who is one interception away from tying the Dolphin career record of 12, held by Tyrone Wright.
For Military Appreciation Day, the Dolphins will proudly display over 50 different patches on their jerseys along with new helmet decals.
"All of our kids are looking forward to going out and representing the veterans. Hopefully we will have a bunch of military people there to enjoy the game and we'll put on a good show," said Bell.
Fans can follow the action in multiple ways. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Scott Manze, David Lamm, and Patrick Wilkins. 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. Active and retired military will receive free admission by presenting their military ID. Fans in attendance tomorrow should note that there is a $5 charge for parking at each home game this season.