Record-wise, 4-3 Cumberland and 3-3 Campbellsville appear to be pretty even.
But Bulldog coach Donnie Suber is hoping the Tigers don’t turn out to be more like Faulkner, which whipped CU 44-7 last Saturday.
“They have some really good players, they’re playing really good right now,” Suber said of the Tigers. “They’re not as big as Faulkner was, but they have some skill players that are really good. They have two quarterbacks. One of them [Bryan Parnes] throws the ball really well, we played against him last year. The other is a redshirt freshman [Tajh Milliken] who’s playing a lot and running the ball.
“Defensively, they’re not giving up many points at all. They gave up 19 to Georgetown [in a 19-14 loss last week].”
Like Cumberland, Campbellsville saw a winning streak snapped last week. The Tigers had beaten Bethel, Belhaven and Kentucky Christian after losing to Lindsey Wilson and Murray State. The Bulldogs saw a four-game win streak broken last Saturday.
“If we don’t bring our A-game, we could get beat,” said Suber, whose team will kick off at Ron Finley Stadium in Campbellsville, Ky., at 1:30 p.m. CDT today, an hour later than usual.
Campbellsville is the closest school to Cumberland in distance and is the only team the Bulldogs have faced every year since CU restored football in 1990. In fact, the Tigers were the first opponent that season at Kirk Field.
“They’re about 2:15, 2:30 minute ride,” Suber said. “We have close to the same colors.
“It’s always been a battle. There haven’t been too many lopsided games either side. It’ll be a game we need to win and we can win if we play. Also it could be one if we come out and lay an egg, it could get pretty ugly.”
Suber and offensive coordinator Ryan Locke have had to dig deep into the depth chart for running backs after Mt. Juliet’s Michael Nwokoji injured his foot last Saturday and will miss the rest of the season. Return man Blake DeBoard will be out the next two weeks.
“Both of them are big-play guys who have played well,” said Suber, who has moved sophomore cornerback Fred Cross to the offensive backfield to join Mario Hill.
“We’re using the band-aid method trying to patch spots,” said Suber, who may have a big patch on the defensive front if tackle Simon Moriarty can’t play. Moriarty cracked a rib last week and hadn’t practiced this week. He moved around some Thursday and was termed a “gametime decision” by Suber.