Eagles take early 17-0 lead
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Down 17-0 in the early going, a valiant Cumberland comeback fell short in a 31-28 loss to Faulkner Saturday at John Mark Stallings Field. The Phoenix had their chances, but missed a field goal in the third quarter and fumbled at the Faulkner 30 late in the contest
Shedrick Kirk returned a fumble 90 yards for a touchdown to help the Phoenix (5-5, 2-3 Mid-South) get back into the contest and Kris Parker caught a 13-yard TD pass and also recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score, but the offense was unable to get the tying or go-ahead score on two possessions in the final seven minutes.
West Div. Offensive Player of the Week
Cumberland freshman Kendall Johnson was voted the Mid-South Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after scoring the winning touchdown in CU's 46-40 victory over Campbellsville University and amassing 210 all-purpose yards in the game, as announced by the league office.
The Nashville McGavock product scored the game-winning touchdown on a three-yard run with just under five minutes to play and set season-highs with 18 carries for 104 yards in the contest.
Offense generates over 600 yards
LEBANON -- Down 17 points in the early going, Kendall Johnson's three-yard TD run capped a 13-play, 91-yard drive and the Cumberland defense held one final time, preserving a 46-40 victory over Campbellsville University Saturday, Oct. 22 at Nokes-Lasater Field on Senior Day and Homecoming.
Johnson rushed 18 times for 104 yards and Austin Chaplin added 107 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns, including scoring runs 36 and 17. Quarterback Justin Snyder added a career-best 301 yards passing and two TDs on 20-of-32 with scoring throws of 63 and 57 yards to Michael Green.
WALESKA, Ga. - Ryan Thompson passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns and Dominique Swope ran for three scores in third-ranked Reinhardt University's 44-27 victory over Cumberland Saturday, Oct. 15 at Ken White Field.
The Eagles (7-0, 2-0 Mid-South) scored on a 56-yard Hail Mary to end the first half then Swope went six yards on the opening drive of the third quarter, giving Reinhardt some breathing room after Michael Green's 19-yard TD catch-and-run from Justin Snyder in the final minute of the second quarter tied the score at 14-14
Special teams player of the Week
Cumberland University's Matthew Alter earned Mid-South Conference West Division Special Teams Player of the Week honors on Monday after booting the game-winning 28-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of CU's 17-14 victory over the University of the Cumberlands.
The Montgomery, Ala., native missed from 24 yards in the third period, hitting the right upright after a high snap on the play.
Georgetown 28, Cumberland 7
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Quarterback Ozzie Mann tossed four touchdown passes Thursday night to lead 18th-ranked Georgetown College to a 28-7 victory over Cumberland at Toyota Stadium.
The Phoenix (0-2) gained just 31 yards in the first half, but the CU defense kept the Tigers (1-0) out of the end zone after the opening drive of the game until the final seconds of the half.
After seven years leading program
Cumberland tennis coach and Game Operations Manager Bill McCormick has resigned from his position, effective immediately, Director of Athletics Ron Pavan announced Wednesday morning.
Andres Burgos and Angelica Sepulveda will share coaching duties until a replacement can be found.
McCormick just finished his seventh season as the tennis coach at Cumberland for both the men's and women's programs.
We have been fans of Cumberland athletics for over 50 years. We fondly recall attending Bulldog baseball games as kids in the 1960s - many years before there even existed a grass infield. Our local Little League and Babe Ruth teams were allowed to practice there as well. Thanks to Coach Woody Hunt and his many years of dedication, Cumberland now has one of the best baseball venues in the NAIA.
women play at Middle GA Jan. 20
After well over a month playing on the road, the Cumberland Phoenix of Coach Lonnie Thompson return to the Dallas Floyd Center Thursday evening.
CU will take on the Eagles of Life University (Marietta, Ga.) in a 7 p.m. single game. Life comes in 9-5 overall, 3-3 in the Mid-South Conference.
The Phoenix improved to 9-11 on the season, 2-5 in the MSC, following Saturday's 85-84 double-overtime win at Shawnee State in Portsmouth, Oh.
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