Dolphins Stumble, 16 Game Home Win Streak Comes To An End

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The Jacksonville University football team’s 16-game home winning streak came to an abrupt end this past weekend as the Dolphins (6-2, 4-1) fell to the University of San Diego Toreros (4-3, 3-1) 24-7.

The streak was the Football Championship Division’s longest active streak at the time and marks JU’s fifth home loss in coach Kerwin Bells six year tenure.

San Diego quarterback Mason Mills lead the Toreros over the Dolphins, throwing three touchdown passes that day.

The Toreros opened the scoring with a 39 yard pass from Mills to tight end Kyle Lokanc capping a seven play, 75 yard drive. Mills hit wide receiver Sam Hoekstra on a 26 yard scoring pass and followed that up with a 34 yard pass to fullback Lawrence Larivee giving San Diego a 21-0 halftime lead.

The Torero defense shut down the JU offense, only allowing a 30 yard touchdown pass from Folston to tight end Andy Robustelli. Fred Obi led the San Diego defense with 10 tackles and JU safety Jordan Dewhirst did the same for the Dolphins. For the second week in a row, the JU passing defense, which ranked first in the FCS, looked a bit vulnerable.

JU suffered a huge loss as quarterback Kade Bell went down with a knee injury on the Dolphins second offensive possession. Sophomore Trevius Folston came in for Bell but the offense never seemed to get back in a rhythm.

“That doesn’t happen too often around here, but we got it handed to us,’’ Kerwin Bell said. “For Kade to go down really hit us in the stomach and we didn’t do a good job overcoming that. We’ve got to make a three-game run to finish and if we do that we’ll be in the championship race.’’

The two teams ahead of the Dolphins in the Pioneer Football League standings make up two of the Dolphin’s remaining three games. After a bye week this week, the Dolphins will travel to Butler before returning to the friendly confines of D.B. Milne field to take on Campbell and Drake to end the season.

Drake and Butler (both 6-2, 5-0) have a slight edge over JU for the conference title with JU now having a conference loss.

JU looks to round out the season on a high note, hopefully climbing back into the top spot in the PFL before all is said and done.

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