Jacksonville Sports Day

RECAP: JU Drops Homecoming Game to Davidson, 49-19

JACKSONVILLE – Jacksonville University football dropped its Homecoming game to Davidson 49-19 on Saturday at D.B. Milne Field.

The Wildcats (5-2, 2-1) built a 21-3 halftime lead and pulled away from JU (2-5, 0-3) in the second half.

“We didn’t block well offensively, so it’s hard to match up and run our style,” said Head Coach Ian Shields. “Conversely, they’re running the same style, and it’s six yards a pop.”

“It’s just a disappointing performance.”

Davidson scored touchdowns on its first three drives of the game, all clock-churning drives that did not feature even a single pass play.

With the Wildcats driving late in the half, JU forced a turnover on downs.

The offense immediately found its best success of the day, with Calvin Turner Jr. hitting a big pass play to Craige Saxton to move into Davidson territory.

Eventually, the ball moved down to the 21-yard line, where Zachary Benwick withstood two timeouts called by Davidson to try and ice him and buried a 38-yard field goal to end the half.

Davidson hit a big run on the third play of the second half, and punched it in two plays later to extend the advantage to 28-3 in favor of the Wildcats.

Jacksonville responded with its best drive of the day, a seven-play, 61-yard affair that featured three Turner Jr. pass completions and ended with him finding Ish Cortes from nine-yards out for the Dolphins first touchdown of the day.

The Jacksonville defense then rose up, stopping a promising Davidson drive with Maurice Flournoy’s first interception of the year.

He returned the pick 67 yards to the Davidson 21-yard line, and Benwick connected from 40-yards out to bring the Dolphins within 15, 28-13 late in the third.

Flournoy added a season-high nine tackles, and earned Player of the Game for his efforts.

The fourth quarter was all Davidson, as the Wildcats scored 21 unanswered points before JU’s BJ Byrd took an end around 20 yards in for the score with under three minutes left to cap the scoring for the day.

Jacksonville heads on the road to face Butler next Saturday at 1 p.m.

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