Today’s Cumberland homecoming game should be a Bulldog fight as Union College brings its version of the mascot down from Kentucky to take on CU’s version at Nokes-Lasater Field.
Based on records, it may not be much of a contest as Union is 1-4 while Cumberland has won three straight following an 0-2 start.
But Union is a member of the Mid-South Conference, albeit in the East Division, and Cumberland is not in position to overlook any MSC opponent, especially one with a solid defense which has given up 20, 17 and 21 points over the last three games.
“They haven’t given up very many points,” Cumberland coach Donnie Suber said. “They have some players that run around on defense. They run a 3-3 stack which we’ve seen a couple of times.
“Offensively, they do a lot of what Pikeville did last week, which is throw the deep ball a lot, which is kind of scary with us.”
Pikeville used the passing game to build a 35-14 lead early in the second half before Cumberland came back to post a 49-42 overtime win.
“We didn’t start off very well,” Suber said. “It might have been a high and exciting game for the fans, but for us it was kind of a letdown; for me, it was a letdown in the first half defensively. Second half, we didn’t get much better but we got a little bit better and made some plays when we had to.”
Cumberland has gotten some players back from the injured list, but they’ve been replaced by new ailments. Defensive end Jarred Williams tore his ACL early in last week’s win over Pikeville and is out. Nickelback/special teamer Joey Faulk, a true freshman, is ill and is out and offensive lineman Josh Workman, who was injured early in the season, is back on the injured list.