JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University football (1-4, 0-3 PFL) hosted the Marist Red Foxes (2-4, 2-1 PFL) Saturday for a homecoming showdown that left the Dolphins with their third PFL loss. Jacksonville was in the driver seat for most of the afternoon before losing the lead with 4:22 remaining.
The Dolphins wasted no time getting points on the board as quarterback Calvin Turner Jr. broke off a 58-yard touchdown rush on their fourth offensive play. It was Turner Jr.'s third rush of at least 50 yards this season. On the very next drive Jacksonville's CJ Lewis intercepted a Marist pass, the first of two he'd grab in this one. The next several drives resulted in punts for both teams as they traded field position back and forth.
Then, with seven minutes remaining in the half Jacksonville's leading tackler Dakota Trice forced a fumble that would lead to a 12-yard Garnett Nicolas touchdown run. The score sent Jacksonville into halftime with a two-touchdown cushion.
Marist came out of the locker room with new life as they nearly tripled the Dolphins' yardage in the third quarter. They also found the end-zone on a four-yard Darryn Jordan touchdown run. Finding a way to respond, Jacksonville put their trust in kicker Javier Arce-Ramirez, who came through with a 48-yard field goal to push the lead to 10.
The Red Foxes would go on to score two touchdowns on passes of 14 and 13 yards during the fourth quarter to take the lead for the first time in the contest. The Dolphins did manage to get the ball back twice within the final four minutes, but couldn't get in range for Arce-Ramirez to tie it up, resulting in the 20-17 loss.
Turner Jr. led all Dolphins in yardage with 167 rushing and 61 through the air. Trice was Jacksonville's leading tackler with 6.5, along with his forced fumble.
"By and large we executed well during most of the game… but that's a typical football game where the game swings on four or five plays, and they made a few more than we did in the second half," said Head Coach Ian Shields.
"This is a tough loss, so it's going to test our character and our intestinal fortitude moving forward."
Next, Jacksonville travels to Stetson (4-1, 2-1 PFL) on Saturday, Oct. 20. The 'Phins defeated the Hatters 13-10 last season.