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Cumberland drops 51-28 decision on Senior Day

Posted on 15 November 2014 by Allen

 Broc Loveless Cumberland

Brandon Jones rushed 35 times for 204 yards and two touchdowns and Alderson Broaddus gained 340 yards on the ground with four touchdowns, ruining Senior Day with a 51-28 victory over Cumberland here Saturday at Nokes-Lasater Field.

The Bulldogs (6-5) end the season with three straight losses, ending a four-year stretch with at least seven victories. Cumberland committed six turnovers in the loss, its second game in the last three weeks with six miscues.

Jones led the attack with his 204 yards and Jamaris Knighten added 99 yards and two more scores for the Battlers (7-4).

The contest featured seven interceptions and nine total turnovers, but Alderson Broaddus’ ability to grind out yards was the key to the contest. Wilson Vaughn completed 11-of-17 passes for 139 yards and one TD and Dakota Bruggeman was 6-for-10 for 105 yards and another score for AB.

Broc Loveless exited the game in the first quarter with a chest injury after a late hit on a run and returned late in the third quarter for just one series. Reed Gurchiek, playing for the first time in five weeks, was limited with his elbow injury and finished 12-of-28 for 172 yards and one TD but also three interceptions.

The Bulldogs gained just 93 yards on 32 rushing attempts, its fewest since the first two weeks of the season. George Nwokoji led the way with 10 carries for 35 yards and one touchdown.

The Battlers took the opening drive of the game and kicked a field goal and then Robby Hogue intercepted a Loveless pass on CU’s first offensive play, setting up the visitors at the CU30. On 4th-and-3 Vaughn threw a wide receiver screen to Paris Person, who had a convoy to the end zone for a 26-yard score and a 10-0 Alderson Broaddus lead.

Cumberland answered on the ensuing possession, marching 60 yards on nine plays, including a scramble for 12 yards for a first down by Loveless, but he was injured on the play and did not return after the series. Three plays later he found Clyde Payne in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard TD, cutting the deficit to 10-7.

Cooper Schroeder caught an 18-yard pass on the next Battlers possession before a 16-yard rush by Isaac Silafau. Three plays later Vaughn tossed a 16-yard scoring pass to Silafau, extending the lead to 17-7.

After another interception by the Bulldogs and then a sack on fourth down from Nathan Jernigan and Cayman Russell, Cumberland moved 50 yards on 13 plays to the AB16. Nwokoji carried six times for 27 yards on the drive and Jordan Harper converted a 4th-and-3 with a five-yard run, but Brian Reynolds fumbled and AB’s Maqir Veus recovered at the 10-yard line.

Grant Jones ended the next Alderson Broaddus possession with a one-handed interception at the CU20, his sixth pick of the season, but a short punt by the Bulldogs set-up the Battlers at their own 45.

Jones rushed five times on the drive, including the final two yards for a touchdown, just after a 14-yard completion to Silafau, giving AB a 24-7 advantage.

Gurchiek was intercepted again, this one by Chase Gallagher, who returned the ball to the CU26, but on the first play Rickey Dowdy picked off a swing pass and returned it 70 yards for the score, running across the field and avoiding Vaughn’s tackle near the AB15, cutting the deficit to 24-14.

Alderson Broaddus took the ensuing possession 48 yards on nine plays, with Jones picking up 31 yards and Knighten gaining 17 on the ground, but Anthony Knight tipped the third-down pass. Phillip Warner booted a 26-yard field goal and the Battlers led 27-14 at the break.

After a punt by the Bulldogs on their opening drive of the second half, Jones carried five straight times before Knighten bulled his way the final 37 yards for the score, extending the lead to 34-14.

Gurchiek completed 5-of-6 passes on the next possession, hitting Anthony Woodard for 14 yards and Trevon Jones for 24 yards. Two plays later he found DeJeay Woods for 21 yards and then tossed a 10-yard TD pass to Woodard, making it 34-21 with 10:03 left in the third quarter.

Alderson Broaddus missed a 35-yard field goal on its next drive, but the Bulldogs were forced to punt and the Battlers started churning out yards on the next two possessions.

Jones rushed five times for 51 yards, going for the final five yards for the score, giving AB a 41-21 lead with 4:26 left in the quarter.

Cumberland punted again and the Battlers rushed six times on seven plays, with only a 24-yard catch by Darius Fredrick in-between. Jones went the first three plays for 16 yards before Knighten finished off the drive with the final 21 yards, including a two-yard TD run for a 48-21 advantage.

Michael James got his second interception of the game for AB in the fourth quarter and Bruggeman completed a 15-yard pass to Schroeder before five straight rushes by Antonio Marshall for 18 yards. The defense held, forcing a 22-yard field goal by Warner.

Cumberland’s final scoring drive came on the next possession, with Gurchiek hitting Nwokoji for 11 yards across the middle and Trevon Jones for 23 yards. A facemask penalty moved the ball to the AB19 and Trevon Jones caught an 18-yard pass, setting up Nwokoji’s one-yard plunge for the TD.

Alderson Broaddus ran out the final 5:34 of the contest with nine rushes for 29 yards.

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