WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - On a day when UC would see 19 seniors possibly play their final game at James H. Taylor, II Stadium, the Patriot football team would make some history as Cumberlands would handle the Knights of St. Andrews easily with a 56-14 win, marking the 200th win in program history. The victory also improves the Patriots to 9-1 overall and 4-1 in MSC Appalachian Division play.
St. Andrews would begin the game with possession and would go for it early on a fourth down situation. That would be spoiled as Cole Genders would blow through the line for a sack and a turnover on downs. Cumberlands took over on their 24-yard line and would march it down the10837 field on an 11-play drive capped by a two-yard TD run from Milton Shelton to give UC the lead they would never give up. Devon McMillin's point after attempt was good to make it 7-0 Pats.
After forcing a punt on the Knight's next drive, UC would use some trickery as John Owens would pitch it to Jaylen Odom who then looked up and threw his first TD pass of the season, a 23 yard strike to Joronnie Hinton. McMillin's PAT was good, pushing the lead to 14-0. After another three and out by SAU, it would take just one play for the Patriots to find pay dirt again. Owens would go to the air and find Hinton again, this time on a 63 yard pass for another TD, his second of the game. The extra point was good as UC lead 21-0 at the end of the first.
On the first play of the second quarter, UC's defense would go to work. On second and 15, Genders would force a fumble as Cameron Baxley would recover, giving Cumberlands short field. Two plays later, senior Austin Ysidro would get the hand off on the end around as he would scamper 12 yards for a TD. McMillin's extra point was good, extending the lead to 28-0.
After picking up a first down on the next drive, UC's defense would come up big again. On second and 17, Knight quarterback Dashaun Ferguson would look for Dylan Bahr but his pass would be intercepted by Jarrett Cornelius at midfield to give UC possession again. After trading punts, Cumberlands would score their final points of the half on a six play drive ending with a one yard punch-in from Shelton for his second score of the day. The point after was good as the Patriots led 35-0 at the half.
It did not take long for UC to add to the lead in the third. After picking up a first down, Nyre Holden would find a seam and break off a run of 53 yards as he would score his first TD of the afternoon. McMillin's PAT was good as UC extended the lead to 42-0. The Knights would find their way into the end zone as they would put together an impressive 13-play drive on their next series. After 12 straight rushes, Kacey Otto would go to the air as Kashard Cohens would haul it in one-handed for SAU's first score of the game. The Knights' extra point was good to make it 42-7 UC entering the fourth.
10838Carrying over the drive from the third, Shelton would make the Knights pay on the first play of the fourth as he would scurry through the hole and break off the run for 25 yards into the end zone for his third TD carry of the day. The point after was good as UC jumped out 49-7. Midway through the quarter, SAU would go to the air as they would force a turnover by the Patriots to get good field position. Three straight completions including another hookup from Otto to Cohens, this one from 24 yards out, would get the Knight in the endzone for a TD. The PAT was good as St. Andrews cut the lead to 49-14. On the ensuing drive, Railond Garrett would go to work at quarterback as he would connect with Holden on a screen pass where he cut through the Knights' defense with just one shoe for 41 yards and a score. McMillin would drill his eight PAT of the day to give UC the 56-14 win.
Numerous Patriots contributed to an amazing offensive effort on the day that saw UC tally 508 yards of offense. Through the air, UC saw three players combine for 248 yards led by John Owens who went 1-15 for 184 yards and a TD. On the ground, it was Shelton leading the way with 16 carries for 96 yards and a trifecta of touchdowns. Holden added 70 yards on just three carries with a score while Ysidro scored on his only carry of the game from 12 yards out. A pair of Patriots hauled in eight passes on the day as Hinton caught four for 118 yards and two scores while Holden snagged four for 55 with a TD.
Defensively, the Patriots tallied 11 tackles for loss, five sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a punt blocked. Tyler Pendleton led the way with nine tackles (two solos) with a half tackle for loss. Cameron Baxley added seven tackles (one solo) with a half tackle for loss and a fumble recovery. Myles Simon also had seven tackles (six solo). Genders chipped in six tackles (five solo) with two tackles for loss, a sack, and a forced fumble. Brad Montgomery also had six tackles (two solo) with the blocked punt, his second in consecutive weeks.
UC has a bye week this week before closing out the regular season on November 10th at the University of Pikeville. The Patriots fell to the Bears last season 46-32 in Williamsburg. Kickoff is slated for 6 pm.