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CU falls to Battlers 51-28

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CU receiver Trevon Jones / Steve Wampler photo

Bulldogs end season 6-5 overall --
LEBANON -- Alderson Broaddus tailback Brandon Jones ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns ruining Senior Day with a 51-28 victory over Cumberland Saturday, Nov. 15 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 on 34 carries and Jamaris Knighten added 99 yards and two more scores for the Battlers (7-4).

"We haven't played the run very well this year, and that's what you try to stop first," said CU head coach Donnie Suber. "They just mashed us on the right side. When we tried to adjust they caught us in some play-action. It was a rough day for us.

"Emotionally, our guys were drained after the events of the last week. It's been tough, you try to prepare but sometimes other things take over."

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.

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