Cumberlands football team will host Faulkner University in Saturdays 1:30 p.m. homecoming game at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.
The Bulldogs of Coach Dewayne Alexander come in ranked 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the MSC West (No. 20 in the NAIA) after winning 21-17 at Shorter last week.
Faulkner stands just 1-4 overall (0-2 in the MSC West) after having surrendered 547 yards in last weeks 45-27 loss to the Belhaven Blazers.
Dont think for a minute that the Eagles are your run-of-the-mill homecoming chump.
Faulkner will be trying to get their season turned around, said CU head coach Dewayne Alexander. All you have to do to get ready for Saturday is pop in the film from our game with them a year ago in Montgomery (a 20-17 Eagle overtime win).
They did everything they needed to do to hang in there with us. Theyre very athletic, theyve got a quality quarterback who has come in from Furman and they make you defend the entire field with the passing game.
Quarterback Josh Hollingsworth leads the NAIA with 354 yards passing per game and the Eagle offensive line has only allowed three sacks this year.
They protect their quarterback and they love the quick hitters, the stop routes, screens, slants -- the ball is coming out, Alexander said. Weve got to do a tremendous job of tackling and eliminating the yards after a catch.
You can give up a three-yard pass, but we cant let that pass turn into a 12 yard play due to a missed tackle.
By TOMMY BRYAN