Bulldogs face their past in new Reinhardt program

Eagles run wing-T similar to Moore’s
Nov 8, 2013
Cumberland defensive end Nick Lennox [91, from Watertown], tackle Simon Moriarty [41] and linebacker Rickey Dowdy [3] bring down Bethel fullback Logan Diebold during the first quarter last Saturday.

 

 

When Herschel Moore coached Cumberland, he often said it didn’t really matter what kind of defense the next opponent had run against other teams because his wing-T offense was so different from what everyone else was running.

Finally, another team is running the traditional wing-T, and the Bulldogs, a decade after Moore left CU, will see it first-hand today.

Reinhardt will run the buck sweeps, fullback dives and end arounds today when the Eagles play host to the Bulldogs at noon CST today in tiny Waleska, Ga., located just past the halfway mark between Chattanooga and Atlanta.

This is not the wing-T Cumberland ran under Dewayne Alexander between 2006-12.

“Coach A got his evolved into a hybrid-wing-T,” Alexander’s successor, Donnie Suber, said following practice Thursday. “This is a lot of Herschel’s wing-T. They only have about four or five plays that they run, but they’re good at what they do, and they do it quickly.”

Reinhardt is 5-3 for the season and ranked 22nd in the NAIA poll. The Eagles are 3-0 in the Mid-South Conference West Division, tied with Campbellsville for the top spot.

What’s amazing is the Eagles’ roster looks like a junior varsity. They are a second-year program with freshmen, sophomores and two juniors.

“If they beat us and then beat Campbellsville, they’ll be in the playoffs,” said Suber, whose Bulldogs are out of the playoff picture at 5-4, 2-2. “Hopefully, we’ll be 7-4 when the season’s over with, so we have a lot to play for.”

This will be the Bulldogs’ first trip to Waleska.

“They have a brand-new facility,” Suber said. “They have brand-new turf field.

“They did it right when they started football. Those kids have practiced together for a year. That’s why they are where they are.”

The Bulldogs remained banged up, according to Suber. Left guard Riley Cathey and cornerback Devaris Mosley are out. Defensive end Nick Lennox of Watertown will try to play with a herniated disk in his back while free safety Anthony Knight will be available in an emergency situation while he tries to heal up a bad ankle.

 

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