By Jennifer Wake-Floyd

For The Times-Tribune

In their second year of football, Shorter College once again came to Williamsburg for another physical grueling match against the Patriots. However, the outcome this year was not in the Patriots' favor as the Shorter Hawks came out with the win 27-7 and spoiled Cumberlands home opener.

It only took 49 seconds for Shorter College’s Chris Chapman to rush into the end zone and put the first seven points on the board. After great defense on both sides of the field, Shorter Hawks’ Raymone Nesbitt broke away for a 51 yard touchdown to add seven more points to the board, making the score 14-0. To end the half, the golden foot of Shorter’s Lukas Gonzales made a 52 yard field goal, giving the Hawks a 17-0 lead going into the locker room. Gonzales went 3-3 on PAT’s and 2-3 on field goals for the day.

Coming out of the half, the Patriots once again gave the ball up, leading to six plays and 70 yards for another Hawk touchdown. Gonzales later followed up the 24-0 score with another field goal, putting the Hawks up 27-0. Mid-fourth quarter, Patriots’ Chris Wallace carried the ball off of a reverse for a 31-yard touchdown. Andrew Carr put up Cumberlands’ PAT, giving the Patriots their only seven points on the day.

As the Patriots tried to improve their rushing yards from last weeks game against North Greenville (45 attempts for 119 yards), they continued to get shut down. Shorter College held the Patriots to only 192 rushing yards and negative passing yards. Junior RB Moses Cochran ran 19 times for 99 total yards.

Cumberlands’ Coach John Bland commented on the Hawks’ overall offensive saying, “You have to give credit to Shorter today, they had big plays and ran the ball well.”

Shorter’s big plays gave them a total of 310 yards on the ground and 117 in the air as the Hawks’ QB Alex Jackson went 8/17. Shorter had 66 total attempts for 427 total offensive yards on the day.

As UC’s Sophomore QB Damian Tripp went 1/6 with negative yards passing and Sophomore QB Kyle King was 0/3 passing, Coach Bland remarks, “Both are doing a solid job, but neither are considered play makers. Both QB’s are young and it will take time to get them to perform.”

The University of the Cumberlands football team falls to 1-2 after the cross over divisional game loss to Shorter College. Next week, the Patriots hope to succeed in a victory over West Virginia Tech.

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