MONTGOMERY, W.Va. - Broc Loveless threw a 41-yard TD pass to DeJeay Woods with 1:56 to play as Cumberland scored 21 points in the fourth quarterof a 31-26 victory over scrappy West Virginia Tech Saturday at Martin Field.
The Bulldogs (3-1) trailed 20-10 with 10:25 remaining in the game after Julian Bernard's 20-yard quarterback draw for the Golden Bears (0-3). CU responded with a four-play, 60-yard drive highlighted by a 33-yard completion to Woods. QB Loveless finished the drive with an 11-yard TD run.
On WVU Tech's next possession, Cody McCallister blocked a punt and Allant McLemore recovered the ball in the end zone for a 24-20 Cumberland advantage with 6:09 remaining. The home team came right back with a seven-play, 75-yard drive, including Bernard's 33-yard touchdown pass to Darryl Reynolds with 3:09 to play.
The track meet in the fourth quarter continued, with Loveless hitting Woods on a short pass over the middle and the redshirt sophomore broke two tackles before tumbling into the end zone with 1:56 to play.
WVU Tech picked up one first down but was called for holding on the play on their final drive. Bernard then fired incomplete on third and fourth down and the Bulldogs knelt on the ball three times to run out the clock.
Woods finished with six catches for 148 yards while Loveless 13-of-25 for 184 and one score.
Neither team played particularly well in the first half, but the Bears broke through on a 12-yard touchdown run from Reynolds with 3:40 left in the second quarter. Cumberland answered quickly, with Loveless hitting Woods for a 35-yard strike to start the drive. Six plays later Lemeco Miller ran untouched around the leftside for a one-yard score, knotting the game at seven at the break.
Cumberland missed two golden opportunities to take control of the game in the third quarter, taking over at the WVUT 32-yard line after the Bears were backed up deep in their own territory on the opening drive of the second half. But the drive stalled and Jarad White missed a 30-yard field goal.
Cumberland got it back later in the period at the Bears 17-yard line after a Ben Miller interception. Again the drive stalled but White gave CU a 10-7 lead with a 32-yard field goal.
After Reynolds intercepted a Loveless pass in Tech territory, the Bears marched 53 yards on seven plays, with Isaiah Keyes rushing six yards around the leftside for a 14-10 Bears advantage.
Loveless was sacked and fumbled early in the fourth quarter, setting up Bernard's 20-yard run. BJ Stewart blocked the extra point, giving Tech a 20-10 lead and starting the fourth quarter fireworks.
"I thought their kids played extremely hard, with a lot of effort," said CU coach Dewayne Alexander. "We knew we would have a tought time figuring out what they were going to do defensively.
"They also had several players who just got released by the NAIA Clearinghouse -- a couple of difference makers. They had some pretty physical players up front, but we hung in there.
"We had a couple of things there in the passing game we were able to convert, and remember, Broc is still a freshman. He's still learning."
Cumberland takes next week off and heads to Shorter University on October 8 for a 12:30 p.m. Central Time kickoff in the first Mid-South Conference West Division game of the season.
COOKEVILLE 24, LEBANON 22 --
John David Edgington's 1-yard TD plunge with 5:39 left -- set up by a gutsy fake field goal -- proved to be just enough for Cookeville to hold off Lebanon 24-22 Friday at Nokes-Lasater Field.
Nine out of the last 13 games between these two teams has been decided by eight or fewer points.
After Edgington's touchdown, the Blue Devils (1-5) quickly struck again. On the third play of their ensuing drive, quarterback Patrick Maynard slipped free and zipped down the sideline for a 65-yard touchdown run.
After calling a timeout, Lebanon set up for a two-point conversion. Maynard took off for a run around the right side, but was stopped just short to preserve a 24-22 lead.
"We put together another good effort on both sides of the football," said LHS coach Troy Crane, "but the mistakes -- penalties, bobbles snaps, things like that keep rearing their head. The only thing we can do is to keep on plugging away. I'm proud of our football team, but we've got to be able to play hard and play well. We're finding inopportune times to make these mistakes."
Despite battling a sore ankle, Maynard rushed 22 times for 101 yards and scored twice. He also completed 11-of-21 passing attempts for 175 yards. His top receiver was wide out Justin Sandefur, who caught two bombs for 78 yards. Juicy Apple ran 13 times for 96 yards and scored a touchdown.
LHS returns to action Sept. 30 at District 9AAA rival Station Camp High.
Cookeville 24, Lebanon 22
Cookeville 10 7 0 7 -- 24
Lebanon 0 10 6 6 -- 22
C -- Jacob Zalewski 36 field goal. 5:07 first qtr. Seven plays, 42 yards.
C -- Nathan Holland 56 pass from John David Edgington. Zalewski kick. 1:03 first qtr. Three plays, 55 yards.
L -- Juicy Apple 1 run. Chuka Aruh kick. 11:33 second qtr. Four plays, 80 yards.
C -- Desmond Pincheon 69 pass from Edgington. Zalewski kick. 2:44 second qtr. Five plays, 80 yards.
L -- Aruh 33 field goal. 00:05 second qtr. Nine plays, 64 yards.
L -- Patrick Maynard 1 run. Kick failed. 2:23 third qtr. Nine plays, 53 yards.
C -- Edgington 1 run. Zalewski kick. 5:39 fourth qtr. Ten plays, 64 yards.
L -- Maynard 65 run. Run failed. 4:47 fourth qtr. Three plays, 80 yards.
CENTENNIAL 40, WILSON CENTRAL 14 --
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central slipped to 1-5 on the season Friday with a 40-14 home loss to Centennial High School.
Cougar QB J.J. Tomlin threw three first half TD passes , including a 64-yard scoring strike to T.J. Leach on the opening drive.
Wilson Central's only scores came on a one yard run in the first quarter by QB Jordan Roundtree and a seven yard run in the third by Brandon Mallory.
The Wildcats will visit Portland High Sept. 30.
FCS 55, PICKETT CO. 0 --
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian tuned up for Thursday's Region 4A showdown at Trousdale County with a 55-0 win over hapless Pickett County Friday at Pirtle Field.
QB Tallon Mehlhoff connected with Stefan Remus on a 32-yard touchdown pass on the first offensive snap of the game -- and the rout was on. All told, FCS ran only 18 offensive plays.
The Commanders improved to 4-2 on the season headed into the MyTV30 Thursday Night Lights contest vs. The Yellow Jackets Sept. 29.
WATERTOWN 26, MONTEREY 16
MONTEREY -- Brannon Hill scored three touchdowns and the Watertown defense made just enough plays to lock up a 26-16 victory at Monterey Friday -- spoiling the Wildcat homecoming.
The win pushes the Purle Tigers to 5-0, 3-0 in Region 4A, headed into a Sept. 30 matchup vs. Clay County at Robinson Stadium.
Watertown 26, Monterey 16
Watertown 6 6 0 14 -- 26
Monterey 3 0 0 13 -- 16
MHS -- Ben Strahlman 28-yard field goal, 9:33 first qtr.
WHS -- Brannon Hill 4-yard run (conversion failed), 4:06 first qtr.
WHS -- Hill 17-yard run (conversion failed), 2:12 second qtr.
WHS -- Ty Jobe 12-yard run (Jake Weldy kick), 11:55 fourth qtr.
MHS -- Alaz Looper 13-yard run (Strahlman kick), 9:33 fourth qtr.
WHS -- Hill 17-yard run (Weldy kick), 7:26 fourth qtr.
MHS -- Looper 6-yard run (conversion failed), 1:30 fourth qtr.
MJCA 25, KING'S ACD. 13
SEYMOUR -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy won for the second consecutive week with a 25-13 victory at King's Academy Friday night.
The Saints (2-4) never threw the football. Noah Wilson ran 20 times for 171 yards while QB Elliott Lee added 87 yards on 20 rushes and scored twice. Jackson Harrell added 90 yards on 12 attempts as the local team chewed up 382 yards on the ground.
MJCA will host Zion Christian Friday, Sept. 30 in a TSSAA DII Middle Region game.