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Oct. 7 another record-setting day for Cumberland

Andy Reed • Oct 7, 2017 at 6:01 PM

On the 101st anniversary of Cumberland’s college football record 222-0 loss at Georgia Tech, the Phoenix set a modern-era program record for margin of victory with a 58-0 homecoming conquest of Cincinnati Christian on a windy Saturday afternoon at Nokes-Lasater Field.

The previous record was a 49-0 victory over Bluefield in 2012.

“We had a good week of practice,” Cumberland coach Donnie Suber said after the Phoenix snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 5-2 for the season and 2-0 in the Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division. “We ended up focusing and doing what we needed to do and playing a fairly smart game and technically sound. We were in the right position to make some plays on defense and good things on offense.”

With Dezmon Huntley nursing an ankle injury, Joseph Rushin went the distance at quarterback and completed half of his 16 passes for 129 yards and a 15-yard touchdown to Ian Hafner for a 20-0 first-quarter lead. He opened the scoring with a 1-yard run.

“Dez is still beat up,” Suber said. “We wanted to give him some rest. The problem is we don’t have a backup behind Rushin. We can’t play the third guy because of money issues. But Rushin played well. He just got a habit of looking for the deep ball. He ended up settling down in the second half and did a good job.”

Four different Phoenix players ran for five touchdowns, including two by Kimlee North on runs of 2 and 30 yards. Telvin Rucker, whose 92 yards led Cumberland, scored on a 61-yard scamper while Kris Parker produced a 12-yard score.

The defense got in on the act as well with Sam linebacker Tyler Tate returning a fumble 29 yards to the house in the first quarter and cornerback Prentiss Sumerall taking an interception 29 yards to the end zone in the fourth.

“The ball kind of bounced our way,” Suber said. “Defense was around the ball and made plays when we need to.”

With a strong breeze blowing from the south, kicker Pablo Dongarro Travecedo missed an extra point into the wind, but kicked a 25-yard field goal through the north end zone as the elements affected both teams’ kicking and passing games.

“It affected them throwing the ball downfield a few times,” Suber said of the breeze. “Pablo and (punter Matthew) Alter did a good job kicking when we had the wind with us. We kicked a couple out of the end zone, which is always good to see.”

Bethel will visit Nokes-Lasater Field at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Cumberland 58, Cincinnati Christian 0

Cincinnati Christian 0 0 0 0—0

Cumberland 20 10 7 21—58

First quarter

Cumberland—Joseph Rushin 1 run (Pablo D. Travecedo kick), 13:07.

Cumberland—Tyler Tate 29 fumble return (Travecedo kick), 9:43.

Cumberland—Ian Hafner 15 pass from Rushin (kick failed), 2:00.

Second quarter

Cumberland—Travecedo 25 FG, 8:33.

Cumberland—Kimlee North 2 run (Travecedo kick), 2:12.

Third quarter

Cumberland—Telvin Rucker 61 run (Travecedo kick), 4:26.

Fourth quarter

Cumberland—Kris Parker 12 run (Travecedo kick), 13:28.

Cumberland—Prentiss Sumerall 29 interception return (Travecedo kick), 8:42.

Cumberland—North 30 run (Matthew Alter kick), 4:38.

Team statistics

CC CU

First downs 10 21

—Rushing 5 13

—Passing 3 7

—Penalty 2 1

Rushes-yards 42-129 44-299

Passing yards 69 129

—Comp.-Att.-Int. 8-23-2 8-16-2

Punts-avg. 8-30.1 4-36.8

Penalties-yards 4-40 8-65

Fumbles-lost 3-3 3-0

Individual statistics

RUSHING—Cincinnati Christian: Chris Young 13-63, Braydon Womeldorf 10-33, Garner Harris 10-31, Brandon Hailey 3-16, Anthony Brown 1-1, Bryce Kelly 2-(-1), Dylan Mahoney 1-(-5), Nate Syzmanski 2-(-9). Cumberland: Telvin Rucker 5-92, Joseph Rushin 16-70, Kris Parker 6 -55, Kimlee North 4-46, Ian Spence 1-18, Marcus Bryson 2-18, Kendall Johnson 4-15, Mark Brown Jr. 2-13, Team 4-(-28).

PASSING—Cincinnati Christian: Braydon Womeldorf 2-12-2—11, Nate Syzmanski 6-11-0—58. Cumberland: Joseph Rushin 8-16-2—129.

RECEIVING—Cincinnati Christian: Jadon Killings 2-26, Mason Chapman 2-15, Larry Jackson 1-13, Chris Young 1-12, Tion Walker 1-6, Garner Harris 1-(-3). Cumberland: Ian Hafner 4-78, Denarius Toliver 1-17, Marcus Bryson 1-17, Kendall Johnson 1-13, Kimlee North 1-4.

MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.

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