By TOMMY BRYAN
One of the best small college football games in the nation will play out Saturday as No. 17 Cumberland hosts No. 14 Bethel at Lindsey Donnell Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. with live radio coverage set for 1 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 and on the Internet at www.gocumberlandathletics.com.
Come out Saturday if you want to see a great game, Cumberland head coach Dewayne Alexander said. This will be the biggest game weve played in since we played last year for the conference championship.
The Bulldogs enter Saturdays contest 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the MSC West following a 49-28 win over Faulkner.
Bethel was idle a week ago, but sports a record of 5-1 / 3-0 in the MSC West.
Both teams are riding four-game winning streaks. Bethels offense is under the direction of 6-7 junior quarterback Wil Misoud -- a product of University School of Jackson.
Misoud has completed 59-of-103 passing attempts for 906 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions.
Bethels top runner is junior Cordarious Mann, who had 106 carries through six game for 524 yards (4.9 per attempt) and a pair of touchdowns.
Sophomore wide receiver Justin Hazelray has caught 21 passes through six games for 309 yards and two touchdowns. He averages 14.7 yards per reception.
We have put ourselves in a situation where we dont have to look at the other teams in our league and see how theyre doing, Alexander said.
Our guys are focused on the task at hand and winning our next game. As long as we win all of our games, well win the conference and well be in the NAIA Playoffs. Were in control of our own destiny.
Now if you end up losing a conference game, then youve got to start looking around and worrying about whos playing who. Bethel finds themselves in the same boat.