JU Blows Past Campbell 40-14


The Jacksonville University football team’s two-game losing streak has come to an end thanks to 217 yards rushing by senior Keith Dawson as the Dolphins (7-3, 5-2) defeated Campbell (1-9, 0-7) 40-14 on Military Appreciation Day at D. B. Milne field.
The Dolphins jumped out to a great start grabbing a 24-7 first quarter lead. Dawson ran in from 21 yards out for a score early on. Freshman Orlando Thomas added a five yard score and Johnnie Hicks scored from 8 yards out. To add to the barrage of touchdowns, Dylan Lynch added a 28-yard field goal to put the Dolphins ahead by 17 points.
JU stretched their lead to 31-7 by halftime thanks to a three-yard touchdown run by Dawson. Quarterback Steven Hughes appeared in his first game of the year and completed 5-of-10 passes for 94 yards in relief of Trevius Folston. Folston was 7-of-15 for 76 yards. The offense massed 333 rushing yards and another 170 passing.
Dawson, in his second game back from an elbow injury had 43 receiving yards to lead the team. He accounted for 260 yards on the day.
Dawson came up eight yards shy of the single-game rushing record of 225 yards set by Jon Underhill back in the programs first season in 1998.
Both sides of the ball performed well for the Dolphins and helped them coast to yet another conference victory.
“We dominated the line of scrimmage,’’ JU coach Kerwin Bell said. “We finally got off to a good early start and that carried us through the entire game.’’
The Defense held Campbell to 75 yards rushing and 103 passing and held the Camels to 1-of-12 on third down conversions.
Defensive end Luidji Michel had five tackles and two sacks leading the surge for the defense.
“We had a real good showing on both sides,” Kevin Battle said. “We knew they were playing for pride and their coach, and didn’t have much to lose. We prepared expecting them to give it everything they had and they did.”
The Dolphins conclude their season this Saturday at D. B. Milne field against Drake (7-3, 6-1). Drake is fighting for a PFL title being one of only three teams with one conference loss along side Butler and San Diego, two teams who defeated JU.
The game is slated to begin at 1 p.m.