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Cumberland falls at Bethel

Posted on 01 November 2014 by Allen

 Broc Loveless Cumberland

Devan Raymer rushed for 190 yards and one touchdown and Kerry Sellers II carried 17 times for 128 yards and three touchdowns, as Bethel accumulated 444 yards on the ground in a 49-14 victory over No. 12 Cumberland here Saturday at Wildcat Stadium.

The Bulldogs (6-3, 2-2 Mid-South West) turned the ball over six times in the contest, including four fumbles, and Bethel (3-6, 1-3) turned those miscues into 21 points, including two touchdowns in the second quarter. The Wildcats averaged 7.1 yards per rush in the game, gashing Cumberland at every turn en route to the Senior Day victory.

Sellers II also completed 8-of-14 passes for 119 and one TD along with his rushing exploits. Alexzadrian Nesbitt added 70 yards on eight carries and Jacquell Fitts rushed nine times for 42 yards for the Wildcats, who won for the third time in four contests.

Cumberland managed just 255 yards of offense in the contest, with Broc Loveless finishing 8-for-29 passing for 84 yards and one TD. Justin Snyder added 3-of-6 passing for 56 yards.

Brandon Mallory was the team’s leading rusher with 41 yards on 12 carries and George Nwokoji rushed for 35 yards on 13 attempts and one touchdown, but both backs also fumbled in the first half.

The Wildcats took their opening possession of the game and marched 62 yards on six plays, all runs, with Sellers II running 15 yards around right end for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead for the home team less than three minutes into the contest.

The Bulldogs took the ensuing drive to the Bethel 10-yard line, but Mallory was stopped for a loss and Loveless’ fourth down pass fluttered out of bounds against a stiff wind, turning the ball over on downs. Sellers’ 60-yard run down the left sideline set-up a two-yard plunge by fullback Emmitt Martin for a 14-0 BU advantage.

CU drove 38 yards on the next possession, but Nwokoji fumbled at the Bethel 38, setting up the Wildcats again. This time Quincy Walden caught a 45-yard touchdown pass, cutting in front of another receiver for the catch and going against the grain of the defense the final 30 yards for a 21-0 BU lead.

On the Bulldogs next drive, Mallory fumbled this time and Jeremy Williams picked it up, scampering 25 yards for the CU4. CU’s Kentavious Eberhart saved the touchdown for the moment with a shoestring tackle, but Sellers II went around left end on the first play for the score and a 28-0 Bethel advantage.

The quarter finally ended, allowing Cumberland to switch ends and go with the wind, but CU had to punt. On the first play Raymer swept right through a gaping hole and raced down the sideline. He broke a pair of tackles inside the 10 and fell into the end zone, giving the Wildcats a 35-0 edge just seconds into the second period.

The Bulldog defense finally got a stop midway through the quarter, but a fumbled snap by Loveless set-up Bethel at the CU19. This time Grant Jones intercepted a fourth-down pass from Sellers II, ending the drive. Cumberland punted on the next drive, though, and Walden weaved his way 56 yards for a touchdown and a 42-0 BU lead.

Cumberland finally got on the board late in the half, with Eberhart catching what looked like a 26-yard TD pass, though he dropped the ball after the hit. The play was called a touchdown but after the officials huddled, was later overruled and called incomplete. Five plays later Loveless found Eberhart in a crowd in the end zone on fourth down for a 13-yard scoring throw, cutting the deficit to 42-7 with 55 seconds left in the half.

Jones intercepted his second pass of the game and returned it 43 yards to the Bethel 22 on BU’s opening drive of the third quarter, but three incompletions and the first of two Loveless interceptions gave the ball right back to the Wildcats. Sellers II completed a 13-play, 97-yard drive with a two-yard plunge over the left side midway through the period for a 49-7 Bethel lead.

Snyder’s 43-yard catch-and-run to Eberhart kept a Bulldog drive alive in the fourth quarter and Nwokoji carried the final 11 yards on three carries with a two-yard TD run for the final score of the game.

Eberhart caught four passes for 60 yards and a score and Trevon Jones had three catches for 46 yards for Cumberland, who finishes the regular season the next two weeks at home, including next week’s Noon kickoff against Reinhardt University.

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