We'll we've seen worse football, we've seen better football. As usual, our Cardiac Dawgs give us flashes of brilliance but don't quite look like the full-fledged solid dominating football team we all want. On top of that, we're down 4 points at the half.
Taking a look at the first half stats:
Jacob Eason is 7/16 and 98 yards. He's spreading the ball around really well hitting 7 different receivers. Including a beautiful 38-yard pass to Terry Godwin to set up the Touchdown Toss to Riley Ridley. Team Rushing has been strange again this week. Our leading rusher, Nicholas J. Chubb has only 7 carries for 15 yards averaging 2.1 ypc. Brian Herrien, Sony Michel and Eason each have 2 carries for 4, 3 & -3 yards respectively. Between the four of them we have 13 carries for 19 yards. Maybe Florida's just stuffing the run on us, but with the number of weapons we've got, I would've expected to see better rushing stats than this. Here's hoping for some adjustments by Chaney during halftime.
The best news of the first half is that Rodrigo Blankenship made his only field goal attempt in the game thus far. He's 3 for 3 in the last two games, a vast improvement from the first couple games. Marshall Long split punting duties with Brice Ramsey. Between them they've had 4 punts and we're averaging 33 yards per punt with a longest of 41 yards. This could be better.
The other good news is from the Defense. Dominick Sanders opened the game with 15-yard face mask penalty but quickly redeemed himself with the game's first interception resulting in the first field goal opportunity for Wild Thing and 3 points.
So far we've held the Gainesville Reptiles to:
Passing: 8/15 84 total yards; Rushing: 20 carries for 49 yards; and 4 separate punts.
Our offense may not be firing on all cylinders but the Gators aren't blowing up the stat lines either. Is there a burn ban in Jacksonville today?
We're the battle for total offense is nearly a draw, their 133 yards to our 117 yards and time of possession is about the same, their 16:47 to our 13:13. Fortunately, in the penalty race, Florida's winning at 6 for 45 to our 3 for 34.
Let's hope the team puts it all together for the second half: Offensively, Defensively & Special Teams.