'Dogs host Faulkner at Nokes-Lasater
Cumberland Director of Athletics Ron Pavan is hoping for the biggest home crowd in recent history Saturday as the Bulldog football team hosts Faulkner University in the home finale.
CU has distributed some 20,000 passes to students in both the Wilson County and Lebanon Special School systems for Wilson County Schools Day.
Kickoff is set for 12 Noon at Nokes-Lasater Field with live radio coverage beginning at 11:30 a.m. on WANT FM-98.9.
"This is an endeavor by the Admissions Department, the Financial Aid Department and the Athletic Department to own our backyard," said Eddie Lovin, CU's Executive Director of Enrollment Services. "We want every student in Wilson County that wants to attend an institution of higher learning to look first at Cumberland."
Lebanon's Chick-fil-A and Coca-Cola have teamed with CU Athletics to make the event possible.
"We'll have extra gates open, plenty of parking, bounce houses for the little kids, everything in our power to make this a fun time for the students," Pavan said.
High school seniors can register to win $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded to five students who apply, are accepted and enroll at Cumberland in the Fall of 2016.
"We'll have representatives from the Admissions Department on hand and the University is waiving the $25 fee for on-site applications," Pavan said.
Parents of the students may register for a Tennessee Titans weekend giveaway presented by Coca-Cola that includes two tickets to a 2015 Titans game as well as hotel accommodations for one night in Nashville.
Wilson Central's marching band will perform at halftime, followed by a helicopter drop of 1,000 mini Chick-fil-A cows. Five of those cows can be redeemed for Chick-fil-A for a year coupons.
Saturday's game -- Cumberland comes in 3-6 on the season following last week's 42-28 home loss to Bethel -- a game that saw the Bulldogs turn the ball over five times.
"They're probably the most talented team in our conference," said CU coach Donnie Suber. "If we come ready to play and do the little things right, we'll have a chance."
Faulkner improved to 5-3 overall following a 49-0 victory over Kentucky Christian.
RS freshman QB Clayton Nicholas has completed 213 of 352 pass attempts for 2,593 yards. He's thown for 25 touchdowns with nine interceptions.
Earlier this season the Eagles were ranked No. 3 in the NAIA.