Cumberland University’s football team will travel to the sleepy hamlet of Waleska, GA Saturday as the Bulldogs take on first-year program Reinhardt University. Live radio coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. on WANT FM-98.9. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.
Headquartered 45 minutes northwest of Metro Atlanta -- the No. 19-ranked Eagles are not your typical start-up program.
"Reinhardt made a committment to the program, and it shows," said CU coach Donnie Suber. "They're a young team, but most of their guys have been on campus for a year, lifting and practicing."
Loaded with athletes from talent-rich Georgia, Reinhardt stands 5-3 so far and is coming off a 28-24 home loss to No. 2-ranked University of the Cumberlands.
In fact, the Eagles led UC 24-7 with just over 10 minutes left in the game before the Patriots scored 21 unanswered points.
"You look at their scores, the way they've moved the ball against almost everyone they've played, it's pretty impressive," Suber said.
Georgia prep veteran Danny Cronic is the coach of the Eagles. He compiled a 223-113 record in 30 years as a high school head coach in Georgia, with stops at LaGrange, East Coweta, Forsyth County and Cherokee high schools and The Heritage School in Newnan.
The Eagles run a variation of the Wing-T offense, similar to the offense employed for former CU head coach Dewayne Alexander.
CU enters Saturday’s game 5-4 after a 34-14 victory over Bethel College in the home finale.
Injuries continue to be an issue for the Bulldogs as at least two more starters won't be making the trip to Georgia. Offensive guard Riley Cathey is out as is defensive back Devaris Mosley. Defensive end Nick Lennox will try to play with back pain and DB Grant Jones will only be used in an emergency.