In a splash of events, Homecoming came and went and none bigger than the JU football team’s 56-13 win over Davidson.
A record setting, event filled day concluded with JU at the top of the Pioneer Football League (PFL) standings.
The Dolphins sixteenth consecutive PFL victory gives them sole possession of first place in the PFL and the PFL record for consecutive conference wins. They also hold a Football Championship Series best 13 game home winning streak. JU has now cracked the FCS polls for the first time this season.
Quarterback Josh McGregor and Wide Receiver Larry Thompson led the offense. McGregor finished the day 20-27 for 295 yards with four touchdown passes and 104 yards running. This accomplishment marks the first time he rushed for over 100 yards. Thompson ended with five catches for 100 yards grabbing three of McGregor’s four TD passes.
“I was just doing what I was supposed to be doing and kept getting open,” Thompson said.
The defense held strong all day, led by Safety Lacy McDougald who had two interceptions, returning one of them 59 yards for a touchdown.
Despite struggling early on, JU scored on the fourth play of the game and held the lead from that point on. Davidson hung around throughout the first half but ended up falling behind once the second half started.
“That was my fault,” coach Kerwin Bell said. “I had some bad play calling, but we got out of this with a win.”
McGregor’s back-to-back big games have put him in the record books yet again. His four TD’s against Davidson put him at 109 for his career. McGregor is now tied for seventh all time with Marcus Brady of Cal State Northridge (1998-2001).
The game got underway a little differently against Davidson this past Saturday. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown conducted coin toss and was also honored at halftime with the 2011 JU distinguished alumni award.
“I am very proud of the team and how they are achieving on and off the field,” Brown said. “The teams continued success is good for JU, the community and the city as a whole.”
Brown went on to say that he is proud to see how the entire Athletic department has grown. He believes that Athletic director Allen Verlander and the coaches here at JU are doing an excellent job and providing great leadership for their athletes.
“Not only do college sports teach discipline, football teaches these guys the game of life,” Brown said.
JU, (6-2, 5-0) has a bye this week as they prepare for a trip to take on Drake the following week. With only three games left, it is crucial for the team to remain focused on their goal. After the trip to confront Drake, the Dolphins are home against Butler and conclude with a trip out to face San Diego in what assures to be the deciding factor of the outcome of the JU season. The team will look to take full advantage of the week off and prepare for the final stretch of the season.