Jacksonville Sports Day

JU: Adjamah Scores on Dolphins’ First Two Drives in 56-21 Win

Photo by Emily Zegel)

JACKSONVILLE – The rumbling sounds of four marching bands met the rumbling play of Jacksonville University’s football team, as the Dolphins defeated Guilford, 56-21, Saturday at D.B. Milne Field.

The game, ironically billed as Marching Band Day, saw Jacksonville march to victory on a record-setting 514 rushing yards. Jamal Adjamah scored on the opening possessions of JU’s first two drives – charging downfield for 53 and 69 yard touchdowns – and is now 64 yards shy of reaching 1,000 in his career.

The Dolphin captain finished the day with 141 yards carried, and teammate Irvin Riley added 124.

“I feel pretty good, but I wouldn’t have gotten anything without the really good blocks on the edge,” said Adjamah.
“The first [touchdown] was the first play of the game, so I had a lot of nerves, but I got the ball and saw a huge hole. I had to make something happen. The rest is really a blur. I made a couple of cuts, felt someone getting close and had to dive. On the second one, I got a huge block by Pernell [Rattray] and all I had to do is run straight.”

Jacksonville previously tied the single game mark a season ago (433) against Morehead State.

The home side scored on all but two drives in the first half en route to a 42-7 advantage.

Calling upon several to make plays, Wade Benton, Jake Brito, and Joey Bernardini scored their first touchdowns of the season, while the defense caused five sacks, eight tackles for a loss and recorded an interception.

Senior captain Harrison Rodormer recorded six solo tackles and a sack, Myles Harris chipped in with five tackles and two sacks, and Griffin Garland picked off the opposing quarterback and ran it back 24 yards.

“There were some good things there, especially in the first half,” said Head Coach Ian Shields. “We tried to get some 2s, and in some cases some 3s, a few reps. A lot of guys got playing time today. We emptied the bench, and that’s healthy for the young guys. Hopefully, we can grow from that. There’s a lot of good things from that tape that we can coach.”

With Saturday’s decision, the Dolphins are in the midst of a three-game winning streak and improve their record to 3-1 on the year.

Jacksonville welcomes all fans and alumni back to campus next Saturday for Homecoming & Family Weekend. Kickoff versus Davidson is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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