The contest was pushed up a day because of Hurricane Irma, set to strike the Florida coast in the next 24-36 hours.
Huntley hit Lorel Morton for a 24-yard touchdown less than five minutes into the contest and scored on 13 and 55-yard runs later in the period. David Emanuel’s 29-yard interception return for a TD with 12:47 left in the second period put the Phoenix ahead, 31-0.
Cumberland collected 188 yards of total offense in the opening quarter, taking advantage of a blocked punt, a fumble and two short punts by the Warriors. CU started drives at the WIU28 and 24 as well as the CU 40 and 36 in the first period. Emanuel pick-six put an exclamation point on the first 18 minutes of the contest, dominated completely by the home team.
Webber International gathered its composure and put together scoring drives of 45 and 55 yards before the half, netting a 43-yard field goal by Marcus Mannerstedt and a four-yard touchdown pass from Garry Chouloute to Jalen Cayo on the final play of the second quarter.
Austin Logue capped a seven-play, 71-yard drive to start the third period for the Warriors, pulling the visitors within, 31-17, but that was as close as WIU would get. Cumberland answered with a 12-play, 65-yard drive that took over six minutes off the clock.
Kris Parker and Joseph Rushin carried nine of the 12 plays of the drive for 33 yards, with Parker capping the drive with a three-yard TD run. The momentum shifted back to the Phoenix and although Webber International scored one more time in the contest, it was with just five minutes remaining.
Rushin played most of the second quarter and all of the second half, registering 20 carries for 59 yards. Huntley rushed just twice in the game for 68 yards and two TDs and finished 5-for-7 passing for 82 yards and one TD. Cumberland managed only 103 yards of offense over the final three quarters.
Chouloute got off to a rough start, fumbling on the second possession and missing receivers in the first quarter. He left the game but returned after Emanuel’s INT. From then on Chouloute displayed his tremendous ability with his arm and his feet, avoiding rushers and scrambling away from bad plays. He passed for 236 yards on 27-of-36 with two touchdowns and also rushed 15 times for 48 yards.
Webber won the statistical battle, outgaining the Phoenix, 323-291, and posting 18 first downs to 14 for CU. The rough start was too much to overcome for a team that will be driving through the night only to reach campus tomorrow afternoon and disperse before the hurricane arrives.
Marcus Bryson partially blocked the opening punt of the game, which turned into just a three-yard punt by the Warriors, giving Cumberland the ball at the WIU 28. CU was unable to reach the end zone, but Pablo Dongarra Travecedo booted a 22-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
Chouloute fumbled on the next Webber snap, with Cody Carr recovering at the WIU 34. On the next play Morton shielded a defender in the back of the end zone for a 24-yard TD grab and a 10-0 Cumberland advantage.
The next scoring drive took just six plays for the Phoenix, highlighted by a 43-yard catch-and-run down the sideline by Morton. Three plays later Huntley rolled left and scampered 13 yards through an opening for a touchdown and a 17-0 lead.
Cumberland could do no wrong in the first quarter, at least not until later in the period, needing just three plays to expand the advantage. Huntley’s 55-yard scoring run down the sideline made it 24-0 with 3:29 left in the period.
Emanuel picked off Antwan Washington’s errant throw for a 29-yard INT return for a touchdown, the first interception return for a TD by the Phoenix since November 15, 2014, versus Alderson Broaddus.
Cumberland is scheduled to play at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla., next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CDT. Irma may also have a say in that contest as well, so check GoCumberlandAthletics.com this week for updates.
Cumberland 38, Webber International 24
Webber International 0 10 7 7—24
Cumberland 24 7 7 0—38
Cumberland—Pablo D. Travecedo 22 FG, 10:34.
Cumberland—Lorel Morton 24 pass from Dezmon Huntley (Travecedo kick), 10:18.
Cumberland—Huntley 13 run (Travecedo kick), 6:40.
Cumberland—Huntley 55 run (Travecedo kick), 3:29.
Cumberland—David Emanuel 29 interception return (Travecedo kick), 12:47.
Webber International—Marcus Mannerstedt 43 FG, 6:49.
Webber International—Jalen Cayo 4 pass from Garry Chouloute (Mannerstedt kick), 0:00.
Webber International—Austin Logue 1 run (Mannerstedt kick), 10:18.
Cumberland—Kris Parker 3 run (Travecedo kick), 4:14.
Webber International—Jeremiah Lucas 10 pass from Chouloute (Mannerstedt kick), 4:59.
First downs 18 14
—Rush 5 8
—Pass 11 4
—Penalty 2 2
Rushes-yards 32-61 44-196
Passing yards 262 95
—Comp.-Att.-Int. 30-45-1 10-17-1
Punts-avg. 7-35.0 6-36.7
Penalties-yards 5-28 6-40
Fumbles-lost 3-1 2-1
RUSHING—Webber International: Garry Chouloute 15-48, Kobe Farrish 4-19, Austin Logue 7-11, Dalton Pollock 1-4, Antwan Washington 1-1, Cameron Wakefield 2-(-4), Nathan Johnson 1-(-5), Team 1-(-13). Cumberland: Dezmon Huntley 2-68, Joseph Rushin 20-59, Kris Parker 9-36, Kendall Johnson 5-30, Kimlee North 2-11, Telvin Rucker 3-2, Team 3-(-10).
PASSING—Webber International: Garry Chouloute 27-36-0—236, Antwan Washington 3-9-1—26. Cumberland: Dezmon Huntley 5-7-0—82, Joseph Rushin 5-10-1—13.
RECEIVING—Webber International: Jalen Cayo 6-89, Timothy Miller 5-46, Jeremiah Harris 5-34, Christian Acevedo 3-30, Jeremiah Lucas 3-21, Austin Logue 3-17, Matthew Fling 2-15, Kobe Farrish 2-7, Nick Marill 1-3. Cumberland: Lorel Morton 3-72, Ladarius Rodgers 2-11, Kimlee North 1-6, Kendall Johnson 4-6.