JU Rallies Past Morehead State with 31 Unanswered Points.


Photo by Brett Durda

The Jacksonville University Football team (5-1, 3-0) traveled to Morehead State Saturday to take on the Eagles (1-4, 0-2) in a Pioneer Football League battle that saw the Dolphins emerge with a 38-17 victory.

JU left for Morehead, KY early Saturday morning, arrived for the game, played and left in less than 24 hours. The cramming of the schedule was evident early on as the Dolphins struggled their way to an early 17-7 deficit.

QB Kade Bell was yet again the story, running for one touchdown and passing for four more. Bell hit tight end Anthony Robustelli three times for touchdowns during the game. Bell completed 16 of 22 passes for 238 yards and five total touchdowns on the day as the offensive line did their part keeping him protected all afternoon.

Running back Eric Baker, filling in for injured running back Keith Dawson, became the teams first 100 yard rusher of the year as he carried the ball for 101 yards. Wide receiver Dorian Guy led the team with four catches for 87 yards.

“I want to thank the offensive line and the running backs,’’ Bell said. “Our running backs don’t get enough credit for their pass blocking.’’

After trailing early, JU rallied back for a 21-17 halftime lead. The Dolphins captured the lead on a four-yard pass from Bell to D’Andre Randle with 2:54 to play. The defense pitched a shutout in the second half while the offense continued to click and pound the ball into the end zone.

“Our guys really battled back and I am proud of them for that,’’ Coach Kerwin Bell said. “We played a bad first half, about as bad as we could play. We were real lethargic early. Maybe it was the early flight. We didn’t get going until the second quarter so I felt good about that.’’

The defense remained hot, led by defensive lineman Juan Pimienta who had seven tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries, one of which led to a JU scoring drive late in the game.

Bell and Pimienta both earned weekly honors from the PFL. Bell and Pimienta are the offensive and defensive players of the week. This comes after Colby Walden got recognition two weeks in a row for his special teams work.

The Dolphins next challenge comes at the hands of the Wildcats of Davidson. The Wildcats (0-5, 0-2) haven’t had many highs this season, but they are not a team for JU to look past.