Phoenix post 21-0 victory over Pikeville
Dezmon Huntley accounted for 340 total yards of offense and two touchdowns and the Cumberland defense posted seven sacks and limited the University of Pikeville to 172 total yards in a 21-0 victory here Saturday in football action at Nokes-Lasater Field.
Justus Dauscha paced the defense with four of the team’s seven sacks while Nathan Jernigan turned in nine tackles, two tackles for loss with a sack and one quarterback hurry. Pikeville (2-4) managed only 32 yards of offense in the first half and two Bears quarterbacks completed only 11-of-25 passes for 79 yards in the loss. It marked the first shutout for CU since a 49-0 win over Bluefield College on November 3, 2012.
Huntley rushed 19 times for 171 yards, including a 48-yard TD run on the first drive of the third quarter, and completed 13-of-19 passes for 169 yards with a 14-yard scoring pass to Zack Dover. Lorel Morton paced the wide receivers with five receptions for 54 yards in the win for Cumberland (2-3).
Huntley hit Austin Chaplin on a wheel route for 47 yards to start the team’s second drive of the game. Three plays later he found Dover on a drag route over the middle, Dover’s first catch of the year, for 14 yards and the score, giving CU a 7-0 lead midway through the opening quarter.
Cumberland was unable to get out of deep holes for most of the rest of the half, starting four drives inside its own 20. The CU defense kept the Bears at bay with four sacks, three of them by Dauscha.
Two negative plays pushed Pikeville inside its own five and Michael Green’s 11-yard punt return plus an unsportsmanlike penalty on the Bears gave Cumberland the ball at the UPike 26 late in the quarter. Huntley hit Marcus Bryson for a 10-yard gain and then Bryson rushed around left end and dove to the front pylon for a five-yard score and a 14-0 lead with 2:28 left in the half.
Cumberland outgained the Bears, 214-32, in the first two quarters, including 11 rushes for 89 yards from Huntley.
Chaplin rushed for 12 and two yards on the first two plays of the third quarter before Huntley broke loose up the middle for the final 48 and a touchdown for a 21-0 advantage less than a minute into the period.
The Phoenix drove inside the UPike 25 later in the quarter, but a bad exchange on a fourth down handoff between Huntley and Kris Parker led to a fumble that ended the possession.
Pikeville’s only real drive of the game came midway through the final period, with Shannon Patrick moving the Bears 39 yards on nine plays. The Bears were helped by a pair of CU penalties, but Tyler Burr and Jernigan tackled Casey Mclean on a fourth down pass inside the five about a foot short of the first down.
Cumberland begins a stretch of five road games in six weeks to end the regular season next week at Kentucky Christian. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. in Grayson, Ky.