When Jacksonville University takes on Presbyterian College in football on Saturday at 7 p.m., the Bailey Memorial Stadium clash figures to be the second of many.
In two years, the Dolphins and the Blue Hose will both be members of the Pioneer Football League. Jacksonville is there now. The two schools have met once – PC won 14-7 in 2002 – but they will each occupy regular spots on the schedules in the future.
Both teams are 0-1, and both played teams with full complements of scholarship. JU, idle last week, fell 38-19 to Richmond on Aug. 31. PC, which picked up a Sept. 7 game after the Aug. 31 visit to Stetson was canceled, fell 45-7 to Mercer.
The Jacksonville game will mark the second of three straight home games and seven during the season. The Stetson cancellation means that the Blue Hose will play 12 consecutive games without benefit of an open date.
In a losing cause, wide receiver Keith Pearson caught seven passes for 74 yards, and Colby Campbell led the Presbyterian defense with 13 tackles, 3.5 of which were for losses (one he shared).
Wide receiver Jordan Younge-Humphrey scored on 71-yard bomb for the Dolphins against the Spiders. Caysaun Wakeley led the defense with 10 tackles and a forced fumble.
As Presbyterian makes a transition from the Big South to the PFL – the Blue Hose will play as an FCS independent in 2020 – this year’s schedule has four first-time opponents: Eastern Kentucky, St. Andrews (N.C.), North Alabama and Merrimack (Mass.). This is PC’s 107th season of college football.