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Cumberland Football tryouts on May 2

Cumberland Football tryouts on May 2

Posted on 07 April 2015 by Allen

 Broc Loveless Cumberland

Cumberland University football would like to invite 2015 seniors who have not yet made a college decision and are interested in playing collegiate football to a tryout on Saturday May 2, at 11 a.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field.

All players attending must have a minimum 2.5 overall grade-point-average and an 18 on the ACT, no exceptions. There is the possibility for athletic grant-in-aids, with additional money awarded to students with a 3.0 GPA and a 22 ACT. All participants should bring cleats and gym shoes and dress for skill tests and drills.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field, which is located at 418 Harding Drive, Lebanon, TN, 37087. Players are encouraged to contact the football office if they plan to attend the workout. Questions and reservations should be directed to assistant coach Nathan Luce at 615-547-1347 or e-mail nluce@cumberland.edu.

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Cumberland announces 2015 football schedule

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Cumberland announces 2015 football schedule

Posted on 10 March 2015 by Allen

 Broc Loveless Cumberland

Cumberland University coach Donnie Suber released its 2015 football schedule this week, which includes five home games and a pair of road outings against NCAA Division II opponents.

The Bulldogs open the 2015 season at home against Georgetown College on September 5 before a four-game road swing that begins on Thursday night at West Alabama on Sept. 10. CU also plays at the University of the Cumberlands (Sept. 19), Valdosta State (Sept. 26) and the University of Pikeville (Oct. 3).

October 10 against Kentucky Christian begins a stretch of four home outings in the final six games of the season, with Cumberland also hosting Reinhardt University (Oct. 17), Bethel University (Oct. 31) and Faulkner University (Nov. 7). The Bulldogs play at Campbellsville University (Oct. 24) and finish the regular season at Lindsey Wilson on November 14.

Head coach Donnie Suber opens his third spring practice this month on Friday, March 27. Cumberland will practice on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for four weeks (except Easter weekend), with the spring game set for April 25 at 11 a.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field. The Bulldogs will also host a golf tournament to benefit the football program on Friday, April 24. More information about the golf tournament will be forthcoming in the near future.

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3 from Cumberland earn MSC honors

3 from Cumberland earn MSC honors

Posted on 19 November 2014 by Allen

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Blake DeBoard, Justus Dauscha, Andrew Jernigan, Grant Jones and Mike Self were all voted First Team All-Mid-South Conference West and Cayman Russell earned Second Team honors, as announced by the league office Wednesday.

DeBoard gained 458 yards and four touchdowns on the ground this season, averaging 5.1 yards per carry in nine games. The Panama City, Fla., native rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns versus Belhaven University and posted 118 yards at Union College this season. The senior also caught 12 passes for 128 yards and ended his career with 1,973 all-purpose yards, including 947 rushing, with six total touchdowns.

Dauscha registered 69 tackles with 16 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks from his defensive end position, ranking eighth nationally in sacks and 19th in tackles for loss. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native registered 10 tackles against the University of the Cumberlands and at the University of Pikeville and collected three sacks versus Pikeville. The sophomore added two sacks against Belhaven and Campbellsville University and posted six or more stops in seven of the 11 outings this season.

Jernigan led the Bulldogs in tackles for the second straight year, finishing with 99 stops along with eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. The Eagleville, Tenn., native also registered three pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one blocked punt. The redshirt sophomore tallied double-digit tackles in five contests, including 15 in the season opener against the Cumberlands and 16 in the season finale versus Alderson Broaddus. He collected all of his sacks in the final three games as well.

Jones recorded 74 tackles with five pass breakups and a team-high six interceptions, which ranks sixth in the nation. The Chesnee, S.C., native played both corner back and safety during the year, collecting nine stops at UT Martin and double figures in each of the last three games, with 12 tackles at Bethel University and 10 apiece against Reinhardt University and Alderson Broaddus. The senior made two interceptions versus Belhaven and Bethel.

Self handled all of the kicking duties this season for the Bulldogs, connecting on 7-of-9 field goals with a long of 47 yards. The Lebanon, Tenn., native made 36-of-38 extra points and averaged 34.2 yards per punt with 16 downed inside the 20 and 17 fair catches. The redshirt junior ranked 26th nationally and fourth in the conference with 57 points.

Russell registered 76 tackles with 10.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks from his defensive tackle spot, adding three blocked extra points, three quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The Hendersonville, Tenn., native recorded 10 stops at Pikeville and blocked two extra points at Union College, helping the Bulldogs win in overtime. The redshirt junior also had eight tackles at Bethel and 10 stops versus Alderson Broaddus.

2014 First Team All-Mid-South Conference West Division
OFFENSE
QB – Terrell Robinson, Faulkner Univ.
RB – Blake DeBoard, Cumberland Univ.
RB – Kadero Edley, Belhaven Univ.
RB – L.J. Stegall, Reinhardt Univ.
WR – Demytreus Gipson, Campbellsville Univ.
WR – Greg Livingston, Belhaven Univ.
SLOT – Trevon Chatman, Campbellsville Univ.
TE – Austin Cole, Reinhardt Univ.
OL – Jacob Carter, Faulkner Univ.
OL – John Ilaria, Bethel Univ.
OL – Rashawn McMath, Reinhardt Univ.
OL – Clay Swint, Reinhardt Univ.
OL – Andrew Vaughn, Campbellsville Univ.
K – Mike Self, Campbellsville Univ.
K – Will Ward, Campbellsville Univ.

DEFENSE
DL – Justus Dauscha, Cumberland Univ.
DL – Stephon Tanga, Campbellsville Univ.
DL – Dekwain Tarrance, Campbellsville Univ.
DL – Eric Thompson, Faulkner Univ.
DL – Tony Threatt, Faulkner Univ.
LB – Daniel DeLeon, Campbellsville Univ.
LB – Mitchell Hoskins, Faulkner Univ.
LB – Andrew Jernigan, Cumberland Univ.
LB – Blake Young, Campbellsville Univ.
DB – James Gardner, Campbellsville Univ.
DB – Grant Jones, Cumberland Univ.
DB – Percy Minor, Campbellsville Univ.
DB – Marte Sears, Faulkner Univ.
RET – Stoney Burns, Bethel Univ.
P – Robby Phillips, Bethel Univ.

2014 Second Team All-Mid-South Conference West Division
OFFENSE
OL – Joe Cannon, Reinhardt Univ.
OL – Blake Cordell, Campbellsville Univ.
OL – Arthur Doakes, Belhaven Univ.
OL – Elliott Graves, Faulkner Univ.
OL – Nick Lawson, Reinhardt Univ.
OL – B.J. Turner, Faulkner Univ.
QB – Jacob Russell, Campbellsville Univ.
RB – Niagel Curtis, Reinhardt Univ.
RB – Joe Jones, Faulkner Univ.
RB – A.J. Strong, Campbellsville Univ.
WR – Aaron Kennedy, Reinhardt Univ.
WR – Rob Lockhart, Faulkner Univ.
WR – Darien Thomas, Belhaven Univ.
SLOT – Gabe Chambers, Faulkner Univ.
SLOT – Devan Raymer, Bethel Univ.

DEFENSE
DL – Hunter Oswald, Reinhardt Univ.
DL – Lenard Robinson, Reinhardt Univ.
DL – Cayman Russell, Cumberland Univ.
LB – Gregory Goree, Belhaven Univ.
LB – Steven Joiner, Belhaven Univ.
LB – Tyler Murray, Bethel Univ.
LB – AJ Thomas, Reinhardt Univ.
DB – Dushonta Broughton, Faulkner Univ.
DB – DJ Brown, Reinhardt Univ.
DB – Stoney Burns, Bethel Univ.
DB – Marcus Miller, Reinhardt Univ.
DB – Alvin Vaughn, Belhaven Univ.
RET – Gabe Chambers, Faulkner Univ.
P – Phillip Anderson, Faulkner Univ.

Mid-South Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Year: Terrell Robinson, Faulkner Univ.
Mid-South Conference West Division Defensive Player of the Year: Daniel DeLeon, Campbellsville Univ.
Mid-South Conference West Division Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Joe Jones, Faulkner Univ.
Mid-South Conference West Division Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Miller, Reinhardt Univ.
Mid-South Conference West Division Coach of the Year: Perry Thomas, Campbellsville Univ.

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Cumberland drops 51-28 decision on Senior Day

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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Jones honored by TSWA

Jones honored by TSWA

Posted on 05 November 2014 by Allen

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Cumberland senior Grant Jones was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after collecting a career-best 12 tackles and intercepting a pair of passes at Bethel University.

The Chesnee, S.C., native posted his fourth and fifth interceptions of the year, which ranks seventh nationally, returning the second one 43 yards on the first drive of the third quarter. It marked just the second double-digit tackle performance for the senior in 39 career games. Jones made 10 stops on September 15, 2012, against Belhaven University.

He has split time during his career and this season at cornerback and strong safety. For the year he has 54 tackles with five pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two tackles for loss.

Cumberland finishes the regular season with a pair of home games, taking on Reinhardt University this Saturday and Alderson Broaddus on November 15, with both contests kicking off at Noon at Nokes-Lasater Field.

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Cumberland falls at Bethel

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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Self earns MSC honors

Self earns MSC honors

Posted on 28 October 2014 by Allen

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Cumberland’s Mike Self was voted the Mid-South Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday after booting a pair of field goals and averaging 40.0 yards per punt against Campbellsville University.

The Lebanon, Tenn., native converted 19- and 34-yard field goals for CU’s only points of the first half. He punted eight times in the contest, with two downed the 20, and Campbellsville also started three more drives inside their own 25 after punts. The Tigers returned only three of the eight punts in the game for 20 yards. Cumberland has allowed just 63 total punt return yards all season.

Self is now 7-for-9 in field goals this season with one of those misses from 55 yards. He has also connected on 28-for-29 extra points while averaging 35.0 yards per punt with 15 downed inside the 20 and 14 fair catches.

Cumberland plays its final regular season road game of the year this Saturday at Bethel University at 2 p.m.

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Bulldogs slide in polls

Bulldogs slide in polls

Posted on 21 October 2014 by Allen

 Broc Loveless Cumberland

Cumberland dropped four spots to No. 15 in this week’s 2014 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday after a 34-16 loss to seventh-ranked Faulkner University.

The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Bulldogs (5-2, 1-1 Mid-South West), who played the second half without quarterback Reed Gurchiek and a very limited Broc Loveless. Both players were injured late in the first half and their status for this week’s contest against No. 23 Campbellsville University will be determined late in the week.

Cumberland led 16-7 at the half against Faulkner, who moved up to No. 5 in this week’s poll, and limited the Eagles to just 145 yards of offense in the first two quarters. The Bulldogs managed just 29 yards of offense after intermission, with Faulkner scoring twice in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Cumberland returns home this week to face Campbellsville for Homecoming at 1:30 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field, the first home contest for the club since September 20. CU plays three of its final four games at home, including November 8 against Reinhardt University and Nov. 15 versus Alderson Broaddus.

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Cumberland falls 34-16

Cumberland falls 34-16

Posted on 19 October 2014 by Allen

 Broc Loveless Cumberland

Cumberland played perhaps its best first half of the season but lost both quarterbacks to injury in the first half and No. 7 Faulkner scored 27 straight points in the second half in a 34-16 victory over the No. 11 Bulldogs here Saturday at Billy D. Hilyer Stadium.

Anthony Woodard caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Bulldogs (5-2, 1-1 Mid-South), who led 16-7 at the break and missed another touchdown late in the period but that led to a safety. Reed Gurchiek and Broc Loveless were both injured late in the half, though Loveless returned briefly in the third quarter but was very hobbled.

Cumberland managed just 29 yards of offense in the second half and one big turnover allowed the Eagles (6-1, 2-0) to score the go-ahead touchdown early in the third quarter. Terrell Robinson’s sweep around the right side went 40 yards for a score with 11:34 left in the third period and on the ensuing possession, Brandon Mallory fumbled, setting up Faulkner at the CU8.

Robinson hit Keithon Redding for an eight-yard TD throw on the first play and despite a blocked PAT, the home team took a 20-16 advantage. Rashad Pargo caught a 16-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter and Faulkner caught the Bulldogs in a blitz later in the period, with Redding taking a bubble screen 30 yards for the final score.

Robinson finished 23-of-37 passing for 239 yards and four touchdowns and rushed 10 times for 86 yards and one score, most of those on scrambles.

The teams traded punts on their first possessions of the game before Faulkner put together a seven-play, 66-yard drive with Robinson completing eight and one-yard throws before an 11-yard TD toss to Gabe Chambers, putting the Eagles ahead, 7-0, with 7:23 remaining in the opening quarter.

Cumberland answered on the ensuing drive, with Gurchiek carrying for 11 yards and completing a 15-yard throw to Trevon Jones and a 19-yard pattern to Blake DeBoard. Two plays later he found Woodard in the back of the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown throw, knotting the game at seven with 3:45 to play in the period.

Faulkner marched down the field on the next possession, moving 72 yards on 17 plays, but the drive stalled with two incompletions and a tackle behind the line of scrimmage from Kyle Musice. The Eagles attempted a 32-yard field goal, but the kick was low and blocked by Elvin Vann, with Nathan Jernigan picking up the bouncing ball and getting it to midfield.

The Bulldogs had to punt but the defense held and the Eagles’ Phillip Anderson shanked an 11-yard punt, setting up CU at the CU45.

Loveless carried for 12 yards and completed a 16-yard pass on 3rd-and-10 to Woodard. Three plays later Gurchiek hit Woodard for a 20-yard TD pass on a corner route, giving CU a 14-7 advantage. A miscommunication on the kickoff put the Eagles at their own seven-yard line and the defense pushed the home team back, forcing another short punt against the wind. CU took over at the Faulkner 41 and moved inside the five thanks to a face mask penalty on an eight-yard run by Gurchiek.

Michael Green broke a tackle for a four-yard gain on third down, setting up first and goal, but Gurchiek was hurt on first down on a sweep and Loveless went to throw on fourth down but the receiver got tangled up and the quarterback was tackled at the one.

On the first play for the Eagles, Cayman Russell tackled Faulkner’s Raquis Hale in the end zone for a safety, giving CU a 16-7 lead with 1:43 left in the half.

Green returned the free kick to the CU45, but Loveless was injured on a running play on second down. Brandon Mallory picked up the first down but two plays later Justin Snyder threw an interception at the Faulkner 14, ending the half.

Cumberland hosts Campbellsville University next Saturday at 1:30 p.m., the Bulldogs first home game since September 20.

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Cumberland climbs to 11 in new poll

Cumberland climbs to 11 in new poll

Posted on 14 October 2014 by Allen

 Broc Loveless Cumberland

After winning its fourth consecutive game on Saturday and second straight in come-from-behind fashion, Cumberland moved up one spot to No. 11 in the 2014 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday.

The Bulldogs, 5-1 overall and 1-0 in Mid-South Conference West Division play, take on No. 7 Faulkner University this Saturday in Montgomery, Ala. The Eagles have the same exact record as CU but are coming off a bye after a 27-10 loss to then fourth-ranked Georgetown College. Cumberland will be playing its fourth consecutive road game this week after picking up victories at Bluefield College, the University of Pikeville and Union College.

CU trailed 20-6 and 32-20 this past week at Union College before scoring three times in an 11-minute stretch in the second half on one and seven-yard TD runs by Broc Loveless and a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown from Donovan Norfleet. Even then Union tied the game once and nearly did again with 2:04 to play, but Cayman Russell’s second block extra point of the game preserved the 47-46 win, as Cumberland drove to the Union 15-yard line before kneeling three times to run out of the clock.

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Cumberland Football ranked 12th in latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25

Cumberland Football ranked 12th in latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25

Posted on 06 October 2014 by Allen

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continued its move up the national rankings on Monday, coming in at 12th in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced. The Bulldogs moved up two more spots after an overtime victory at the University of Pikeville.

Cumberland started the season ranked No. 25 nationally and has incrementally moved up over the last month, from 25 to 21 to 18 to 14 and now 12. The Bulldogs have won three straight contests, the last two on the road.

CU overcame a 17-point second-half deficit in Saturday’s victory at Pikeville and scored twice in the fourth quarter, including a 54-yard interception return for a TD by Anthony Knight and Blake DeBoard’s one-yard run with 30 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs converted two-point conversions on both touchdowns in the final period, forcing overtime, and after Pikeville missed a 37-yard field goal attempt, Brandon Mallory plunged the final yard for the winning score, the club’s fourth win in overtime in the last three seasons.

Reed Gurchiek rushed for 117 yards on 13 attempts with one TD and completed 10-of-13 passes for 121 yards as well. DeBoard finished with 85 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown, while senior Matt Green had a career-day in the passing game as well, catching three balls for 43 yards, including a one-yard TD from Broc Loveless.

Cumberland continues a four-game road swing this Saturday at Union College and faces No. 9 Faulkner University in Montgomery on October 18.

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Reed Gurchiek named MSC Player of the Week

Posted on 30 September 2014 by Allen

Reed Gurchiek

Cumberland quarterback Reed Gurchiek was named the Mid-South Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after posting 273 offensive yards and four touchdowns in CU’s 59-21 victory at Bluefield College.

The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native completed 13-for-15 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns, tossing TD throws of 47, 27 and 18 yards, all in the second quarter. He hit Mason Willis for a 47-yard catch-and-run and Michael Green on a 27-yard post pattern before finding Kentavious Eberhart for 18 yards just before intermission.

The senior QB also had a 10-yard TD run, as Cumberland scored 24 straight points in the second and third quarters to break open a seven-point game. He carried eight times for 89 yards and one score in the contest.

Gurchiek has completed 57 percent of his passes for 421 yards, four touchdowns and just one interception through four games this season as well as rushed for 181 yards and two scores.

Cumberland heads to the University of Pikeville this Saturday in the second of four straight road games for the club.

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Bulldogs climb in polls

Bulldogs climb in polls

Posted on 29 September 2014 by Allen

 Broc Loveless Cumberland

Cumberland moved up four spots to No. 14 in this week’s NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday, after a 59-28 victory at Bluefield College.

The Bulldogs racked up 688 yards of total offense in the contest and scored on its first nine drives of the contest, including six touchdowns in the first half. Reed Gurchiek completed 13-of-15 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns and Broc Loveless was 4-for-5 throwing for 54 yards and another score.

Gurchiek also paced Cumberland on the ground, gaining 89 yards on eight carries and one TD. Blake DeBoard added 78 yards on 15 carries, Kentavious Eberhart scored on a 49-yard run and Brandon Mallory posted a pair of rushing touchdowns from two and 13 yards out. The Bulldogs gained 450 yards on the ground of 55 attempts.

Cumberland continued its ascent up the Top 25 poll, starting the preseason at No. 25 before moving to 21st in the first regular season poll and then No. 18 last week. The Bulldogs, 3-1 overall with their only loss to NCAA FCS member UT Martin, continue their current four-game road swing this week at the University of Pikeville on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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Cumberland moves to 18 in new poll

Cumberland moves to 18 in new poll

Posted on 23 September 2014 by Allen

 Broc Loveless Cumberland

Cumberland moved up three spots to No. 18 in this week’s NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The Bulldogs posted a 41-9 victory over Belhaven University this past weekend.

Cumberland rushed for 331 yards and five touchdowns against Belhaven, including 128 yards and three TDs by Broc Loveless and 117 yards and two scores from Blake DeBoard. The Bulldog defense also forced seven turnovers with five interceptions – two apiece by Grant Jones and Tyler Burr and one from Rickey Dowdy. CU scored 31 points off the seven miscues.

Cumberland joins four other Mid-South Conference teams in the Top 25, including No. 4 Faulkner University, sixth-ranked Georgetown College, No. 17 Lindsey Wilson and 23rd-ranked University of the Cumberlands. The Bulldogs travel to Faulkner on October 18. CU begins a four-game road swing this week at Bluefield College at 12:30 p.m. Central Time on Saturday.

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