PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Cumberland quarterback Broc Loveless rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown, and Fredrel Cross added 110 on the ground with a pair of scores as the No. 23-ranked Bulldogs defeated Alderson Broaddus, 41-17 in the final game of the regular season Saturday at Alderson Broaddus Stadium.
The Bulldogs (7-4) finished with 409 yards on the ground and 477 total. The squad capitalized on big plays defensively, as well, recording a pair of interceptions and 6 sacks. Senior Nick Lennox tallied 4.5 sacks on his own.
Alderson Broaddus took its first possession after a three-and-out by the Bulldogs to open the game. The Battlers opened the drive with a 25-yard run, but the drive stalled out. Lining up for a field goal, Cumberland’s Devin Guthrie got a hand on the ball for the block.
Momentum moved in the way of Cumberland for the rest of the first quarter as CU outscored Alderson Broaddus 21-7. The first scoring drive came immediately after the blocked field goal. After a five-yard loss on first down, Broc Loveless broke free down the sideline for a 68-yard carry down to the Battler 10. Fredrel Cross took the next carry 10 yards to pay dirt to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead.
Following a punt from the Battlers, CU used an eight-play, 62-yard drive to grab a two score advantage. Loveless found Anthony Woodard for a 16-yard connection in the end zone, extending the lead to 14-0.
Alderson Broaddus responded with a touchdown the following drive to cut the lead in half. Facing 4th-and-4 from the home 45, AB faked the punt as backup quarterback found Malcolm Lee wide open for a 55-yard score.
Cumberland answered in the following drive, marching 62 yards in 10 plays including a 27-yard carry from Cross. Loveless punched the ball in on an eight yard carry.
Another 10 play drive from the Bulldogs in the second quarter, ending in a 1-yard carry from Caleb Blance, marked the lone score in the frame. CU was methodical on the drive, facing third down just twice, both of two or less yards.
In total Cumberland rushed for 270 yards in the first half. Loveless led the charge with 96 yards, while Reed Gurchiek and Cross added 66 and 60, respectively.
The offenses struggled in the third quarter as each team connected on a field goal apiece. Beau Baker’s 36-yarder gave the Bulldogs a 31-7 advantage. Baker would connect on a second field goal from 25 yards with just under five minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
After an AB touchdown on the opening play of the fourth quarter, a 57-yard strike to cut the lead to 31-17, CU again found a way to respond. The answer came in the form of a Fredrel Cross 58-yard carry on 3rd-and-6, and just like that, the lead jumped to three scores again.
Cumberland finished the season with the most wins over the past four years among 17 football-playing schools in the state of Tennessee. The Bulldogs have compiled a 30-13 record over that time frame.
Former Watertown star receives MSC Defensive award
Cumberland’s Nick Lennox was voted the Mid-South Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after registering 4.5 sacks with a forced fumble and eight total tackles in a 41-17 victory over NCAA Division II Alderson Broaddus.
The Watertown native accounted for a sack on the last play of the first quarter and added another in the third quarter. In the final period he had 2.5 sacks and forced a fumble to go along with seven solo tackles in the contest.
The redshirt junior surpassed his sack total for the year in just one game and now has 9.5 sacks on the season. Lennox finished the season second on the club with 62 total tackles and led CU with 14.0 tackles for loss. He added three forced fumbles and nine quarterback hurries in 11 contests.
Cumberland held the Battlers to just 140 yards of total offense in the first half, building a 31-7 advantage. The unit allowed just 293 yards per game over the last four contests of the season, as the Bulldogs won its last three outings to finish 7-4, the fourth straight year with at least seven victories.
Cumberland 41, Alderson Broaddus 17
Cumberland 21 7 3 10—41
Alderson Broaddus 7 0 3 7—17
Cumberland—Fredrel Cross 10 run [Beau Baker kick], 11:46.
Cumberland—Anthony Woodard 16 pass from Broc Loveless [Baker kick], 6:55.
Alderson Broaddus—Malcolm Lee 55 pass from Dakota Bruggeman [Jordan Butler kick], 5:46.
Cumberland—Loveless 8 run [Baker kick], 1:58.
Cumberland—Caleb Blance 1 run [Baker kick], :29.
Cumberland—Baker 36 FG, 5:13.
Alderson Broaddus—Butler 38 FG, 1:20.
Alderson Broaddus—Braxton Johnson 57 pass from Bruggeman [Butler kick], 12:45.
Cumberland—Cross 58 run [Baker kick], 11:29.
Cumberland—Baker 25 FG, 4:38.
Cumberland Alderson Broaddus
First downs 22 15
—Rushing 17 6
—Passing 4 9
—Penalty 1 0
Rushes-yards 56-469 29-50
Passing yards 68 292
Comp.-Att.-Int. 10-22-1 18-37-2
Punts-avg. 5-45.6 7-41.3
Penalties-yards 4-43 3-10
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-1
RUSHING—Cumberland: Fredrel Cross 19-170, Broc Loveless 11-152, Reed Gurchiek 9-65, Caleb Blance 9-44, Marvin Wilcox 1-13, Mario Hill 5-11, Blake DeBoard 1-9, Clyde Payne 1-5. Alderson Broaddus: Brandon Jones 17-36, Braxton Johnson 2-33, Isaac Silafau 1-11, Derell Bell 1-5, Wilson Vaughn 3-1, Dakota Bruggeman 5-[-36].
PASSING—Cumberland: Broc Loveless 4-10-1—40, Reed Gurchiek 6-12-0—28. Alderson Broaddus: Dakota Bruggeman 15-26-2—264, Wilson Vaughn 3-10-0—28, Adam Wattenbarger 0-1-0—0.
RECEIVING—Cumberland: Anthony Woodard 6-58, Blake DeBoard 2-14, Michael Green 2-[-4]. Alderson Broaddus: Paris Person 4-68, Preston Bailey 4-62, Braxton Johnson 1-57, Malcolm Lee 1-55, Cooper Schroeder 3-26, Isaac Silafau 2-17, Jacob Miller 1-5, Brandon Jones 2-2.