PIKEVILLE, Ky. – For the second straight week, the University of Pikeville football team is up against a ranked opponent as No. 4 Cumberlands (Ky.) comes to town on Thursday night for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff at the Hambley Athletics Complex.
The game is being streamed live on Pike TV which can also be seen on channel 99 locally in the Pikeville area. Fans can listen to a call of the game on Z-Rock 107.5 FM, which is also streamed online, a product of East Kentucky Broadcasting.
The Patriots are the first chance to bounce back for the Bears after they lost for the first time last week, 35-26, at then-No. 24 Lindsey Wilson. The Blue Raiders jumped up to No. 16 with the win.
Cumberlands is coming off a bye, after which it dropped one spot from No. 3 in the NAIA to fourth. No matter the ranking, the Patriots have simply been dominant through three games this season, winning 41-17 in its last contest over No. 21 Belhaven (Miss.).
The Patriots utilize a triple-option attack on offense, keeping the clock moving, while usually putting up a bunch of points as well. Running backs D’Angelo Jordan and Terrance Cobb make the offense go, racking up 261 and 294 yards, respectively this year.
In three games, Cumberlands quarterback Adam Craig has put the ball in the air just 38 times, completing 22 of the passes for 369 yards, an average of 123 per game. But the rushing attack is working as the Patriots are outgaining teams 516-285 in total yards per game. Cumberlands is averaging 44.7 points per contest while limiting its opponents to just 16.
UPIKE will have to take advantage of any Patriot mistakes to keep its offense on the field and keep putting points on the scoreboard. Last week the Bears scored just six points off four Lindsey Wilson miscues.
The Bears’ offense has still been effective, outgaining teams 471-380 yards per game. The key is the defense getting off to a good start and not allowing a big lead early like the 28-3 cushion Lindsey Wilson earned by halftime last week.