CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – The offense gains the headlines, and deservedly so at the University of Pikeville. On Saturday, the defense led the way by forcing nine turnovers to beat No. 19 Campbellsville University 37-30.
Pikeville improves to 4-1 with the win and 1-0 in the East Division of the Mid-South Conference, while Campbellsville fell to 3-2, 1-1 in the East.
It wasn’t a picturesque performance for the Bears, who turned it over four times as well, but a road win over a Top 20 program was exactly what Dudley Hilton was looking for. “We didn’t do everything right, but we’re going to get on that charter bus with a big win and that’s all that matters for us,” he said.
Pikeville jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first period when junior Trevor Hoskins hit sophomore Hunter Adams on a 22-yard scoring pass and freshman Jared Harris scored on a five-yard keeper out of the wildcat formation. Freshman Grayson Quick’s extra-points were good.
Campbellsville needed little time to tie the game. Quarterback Will Warf kept for a three-yard score and then hit Bobby Leonard from six yards, and David Hon’s kicks evened the game with 6:47 left in the half.
But the Bears would open a comfortable lead before the break. Hoskins hit senior Axxel Rivas on a 4th-and-3, and when Adams sprung him free with a downfield block he went 40 yards for the score. The kick was blocked, but Quick hit a 22-yard field goal before Hoskins found sophomore Jordan Amis on a six-yard score with 51 seconds left in the half to give the Bears a 30-14 lead at recess.
The lone third-period scored was a 29-yard Hoskins-to-Amis touchdown to push the lead to 37-14 with 1:44 left.
The Tigers, however, were not ready to die. Tailback Wayne Coffee scored on an eight-yard run with 7:03 left, but the conversion attempt field to keep it a three-score game (37-20). Hon booted a 30-yard field goal with 3:57 to play, and then when backup quarterback Patrick Henry hit Stan Warrenhuffman on a 62-yard score with 1:31 left – ending a four-play, 98-yard drive that took a mere 33 seconds – the lead was 37-30.
The Bears then recovered an on-side kick, and on 3rd-and-12, Hoskins hit sophomore Kyle Welz for a 16-yard gain to put the game away.
Hoskins, the reigning national offensive player of the week, was only 19-of-46 with three interceptions, but he passed for 263 yards and four touchdowns in the win. He hit Adams six times for 76 yards; Rivas, five for 93.
Campbellsville’s quarterback combo finished 25-of-56 for 300 yards but had five interceptions and only one scoring pass.
Coffee’s day ended with 126 yards on 26 carries.
Sophomore Jade Haddix led the defensive effort with 10 tackles – six being solos – while accounting for three turnovers on two picks and a fumble recovery. He also knocked down two passes. Fre4shman John Dudley Hilton added nine tackles, five solos, with an interception and a pass deflection.
Dwight Houston led all tacklers for the Tigers, finishing with 12. Four were for loss and he had the team’s only sack. Blake Young followed with 11 tackles and a forced-fumble.
Pikeville will return to action next Saturday when they come home for Homecoming. The opponent will be Lindsey Wilson on a 1:30 kickoff.
Campbellsville travels to Georgetown next Saturday.