Jacksonville Sports Day

JU: Valley Boys Return and Spirit Dolphins to Homecoming Victory

Photo by JU Sports Information

JACKSONVILLE – Back in 1998, Jacksonville University football welcomed Davidson to D.B. Milne Field for its inaugural game and defeated its visitors, 19-14.

With members of that team in attendance Saturday, the Dolphins continued their winning streak against the Wildcats with a 35-21 homecoming victory.

The success pushes Jacksonville to a 14-6 all-time edge versus Davidson, and a 16-3 mark during Homecoming & Family Weekend.

There’s a reason the Dolphins boast the top rushing offense in the Pioneer Football League; look at the team’s first half touchdowns as exhibit A, as Rylan Wells entered the break with 115 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.

The Dolphins’ first score of the day was the result of a 45-yard run from their quarterback and their final before the half was tabbed on 38 yards.

Jacksonville entered halftime with a 28-0 advantage, marking the first time this season its held an opponent scoreless through the half.

Penalties paved the way for the Wildcats’ first touchdown in the third quarter, and momentum shifted from there out.

The second half saw a pair of JU drives end on fumbles, while three were stopped on fourth down.

On the opposite sideline, the Wildcats used the miscues to their benefit, outscoring JU, 21-7.

“We got off to a hot start and played well in the first half,” said Head Coach Ian Shields. “It’s been a problem for us in the second half. We’ve got some really big leads, and haven’t been able to finish games how we’d like to. That was a sloppy second half, nothing to be proud of, but with that being said, Davidson played hard and had a good plan. The good news is we won the football game. We’re 4-1 right now, and put ourselves in a good position to be 2-0 in conference.”

For the second time this season, Wells was credited with five touchdowns – three rushing and two passing.

It was also a career day for running back Keenan Simpson, who record 129 yards on 19 carries, and wide receiver Michon Sobers, who finished with a touchdown and 100 yards on four receptions.

Defensively, Thomas Oporto tabbed a team-high six tackles and a sack.

Jacksonville (4-1, 2-0 PFL) will have its four-game winning streak tested on the road next week, when it visits Butler Saturday at 1 p.m.

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