Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JU Is Fighting for Winning Season; Dolphins Also Looking to Knock off Undefeated Butler in Home Finale

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JU Is Fighting for Winning Season; Dolphins Also Looking to Knock off Undefeated Butler in Home Finale

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Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT

Jacksonville University has two goals in mind when it plays host to unbeaten Butler in a Pioneer Football League game at noon today at D.B. Milne Field.

With the season's No. 1 goal of defending their league title from a year ago no longer possible, the Dolphins have the challenge of posting back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in school history and knocking Butler from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Wins in their final two games and the right combination of wins and losses for other teams could give JU a tie for second place in the league.

"This is an important game for us because we want to show everyone that we're right up there with the contenders," Dolphins coach Kerwin Bell said. "Our only two league losses were games that we held double-digit leads going into the fourth quarter but ended up losing by a touchdown or less.

"We want to make a statement on Saturday that we're still around and that we're still a team to be reckoned with in our conference. There's no better way to show it than to beat the team that's probably going to end up as the league champion."

It's the final home of the season for JU, and the Dolphins will honor their 14 seniors, including kicker Donovan Curry. Curry has handled all phases of JU's kicking at various points in his career, including field goals and PATs, kickoffs and punting. This year, he's handling everything but the punting. He's struggled on field-goal attempts, going 2 of 10. Three of those tries came from beyond 50 yards, and two others were blocked.

"I wish it could have gone a little better this senior year," Curry said. "It's not what I expected. I can only move on from this point and hope that I get a chance these last couple games to help out. It's been frustrating in that I missed a 52-yarder by a yard to the left and missed a 53-yard attempt by a yard to the right. …

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