Dolphins Seek Second Place in PFL at Drake

Dolphins Seek Second Place in PFL at Drake

Jacksonville (7-3, 5-2 Pioneer Football League) vs. Drake (6-4, 5-2 PFL)

Saturday, Nov. 18 | 2:00 p.m. | Drake Stadium
Mixlr | Scott Manze & Joe Mixie
Game Notes

Finish Strong
A year ago, in his first season at the helm of the Dolphins, head coach Ian Shields guided the team to an overall record of 5-5 with a 4-3 mark in PFL play. This season, Jacksonville has eclipsed its previous record at 7-3 and 5-2, respectively.

The Dolphins were expected to tie for fifth in conference standings, but are currently in position to battle Drake over second place.

Series History
The Bulldogs lead the all-time series, 13-3, which includes a 7-0 edge in Des Moines. In last year's meeting, the Dolphins scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but gave up scores with 4:39 and 16 seconds remaining to drop the decision, 31-27.  

Twelve Jacksonville seniors celebrated their final game at D.B. Milne Field with a 13-10 victory over Stetson. Senior defensive back Griffin Garland helped secure the win, tackling a Hatter receiver at the one-yard line as time expired.

  • Irvin Riley scored his sixth rushing touchdown of the year in the second quarter to provide JU with a 6-3 edge at the half … a season ago, the sophomore running back recorded two rushing touchdowns
  • Mitchell Bailey finished the game with a career-high 72 yards on five receptions  
  • Thomas Oporto paced the defense in back-to-back games with eight solo tackles vs. Stetson and 13 tackles (12 solo) vs. Valpo

FCS Rankings

  • Rylan Wells ties Drake's Grant Kraemer for 39th in the FCS points (110)
  • Irvin Riley ranks 35th in rushing yards per carry (5.40)

Jacksonville ranks …

  • Fourth in rushing offense (275.4 YDS)
  • 11th in passes had intercepted (5)
  • 12th in third down conversion percentage (.449)
  • Tied for 15th in passes intercepted (14)
  • 25th in first downs offense (216)
  • 29th in scoring offense (31.7 PTS)
  • 39th in time of possession (30 MINS)
  • 42nd in kick return defense (19.27 YDS)
  • 50th in red zone offense (.804)