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Football soars over Eagles in Homecoming win

10/9/2017

Kimlee North ran for two touchdowns, Cumberland’s defense accounted for a pair of scores and Joseph Rushin posted two TDs, one rushing and one passing, in a 58-0 victory over Cincinnati Christian in football action on Homecoming here Saturday at Nokes-Lasater Field.

The Phoenix (5-2, 1-1 Mid-South Bluegrass) recorded the largest margin of victory in modern history (since 1990) for the football program, topping a 49-0 win over Bluefield College in 2012.

North scored on TD runs of two and 30 yards and Rushin posted a one-yard TD run and a 15-yard scoring pass to Ian Hafner. Tyler Tate recovered a fumble and scampered 29 yards for a TD and Prentiss Sumerall added a 29-yard interception return for a score midway through the fourth quarter.

Cumberland rushed for 299 yards on 44 attempts with five touchdowns, led by Telvin Rucker’s 92 yards on five carries, including a 61-yard TD run in the third quarter. Rushin added 70 yards on 16 rushes. He also completed 8-of-16 passes for 129 yards and one TD.

Cincinnati Christian (0-6, 0-2) committed five turnovers in the contest, which Cumberland turned into 21 points. The Eagles were limited to 198 yards of total offense with just 69 through the air on 8-of-23 passing. The Phoenix collected just one sack but registered nine tackles for loss in the victory.

Hafner caught a 19-yard pass on the first play of the game and Rushin rushed 25 yards up the middle on the next play. Kris Parker then carried for 14 yards and two plays later Rushin got the final yard for a TD and a 7-0 lead just 1:53 into the contest.

After an interception by CCU’s Jay Horton on the next Phoenix drive, Garner Harris rushed around left end but Cody Carr forced a fumble and the ball popped into the hands of Tate, who scampered 20 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 CU edge with 9:43 left in the opening quarter. It was the second touchdown of the year for Tate, who fell on a fumble in the end zone at Edward Waters.

After another Eagles fumble, this one forced and recovered by DeAnthony Patrick, and a second INT by CCU’s Horton, a ball that died in the north breeze near the CU end zone, the teams traded punts until late in the opening period.

Parker carried up the middle for 19 yards and a first down at the CCU20 and three plays later Rushin lofted a pass to Hafner for a 15-yard score. The PAT was no good and Cumberland led 20-0 with two minutes left in the first quarter.

The longest drive in plays of the half occurred on the next CU possession, moving 45 yards on nine plays. Rushin carried for 19 yards up the middle and Rucker rushed for 16 around the right side. The drive stalled at the eight and Pablo Dongarra Travecedo booted a 25-yard field goal for a 23-0 CU advantage.

A personal foul penalty on the Eagles and a 13-yard completion to Kendall Johnson set-up the Phoenix at the CCU39 on the following possession. Rushin was sacked for a loss of 13, but Hafner caught a 33-yard pass on third down. Marcus Bryson made a 17-yard catch and North rushed up the middle for two yards and a score, his first TD of the year, for a 30-0 Cumberland lead at intermission.

Rushin completed 7-of-13 passes for 112 yards with one TD and two interceptions while rushing 10 times for 31 yards and a score. Hafner caught four passes for 78 yards and one TD in the half as well.

Cumberland’s defense allowed just 118 yards of total offense, including 34 yards passing on 4-of-12 by two CCU quarterbacks.

Rucker busted loose for a 61-yard TD run late in the third period, breaking through the line of scrimmage and going the distance with no one in sight.

The Phoenix added another score early in the fourth quarter when CCU quarterback Braydon Womeldorf fumbled in the pocket and Josh Bates recovered at the Eagles’ 12. Parker carried 12 yards untouched for the TD on the first play, extending the lead to 44-0.

Womeldorf then tossed an interception midway through the period and Sumerall caught it in stride, going 29 yards for the TD, the fourth defensive touchdown of the season for the Phoenix.

North’s 30-yard burst up the middle with 4:38 remaining ended the scoring for CU.

Cumberland hosts Bethel University next Saturday at 1:30 p.m., the next-to-last home game of the year for the Phoenix.