September 08, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Webber International0107724
Cumberland Univ.2477038
1st Quarter
CUFG10:34Travecedo 22 Yd
CUTD10:18Morton 24 Yd Pass From Huntley (Travecedo kick)
CUTD06:40Huntley 13 Yd Run (Travecedo kick)
CUTD03:29Huntley 55 Yd Run (Travecedo kick)
2nd Quarter
CUTD12:47Emanuel (Travecedo kick)
WEBFG06:49Mannerstedt 43 Yd
WEBTD00:00Cayo 4 Yd Pass From Chouloute (Mannerstedt kick)
3rd Quarter
WEBTD10:18Logue 1 Yd Run (Mannerstedt kick)
CUTD04:14Parker 3 Yd Run (Travecedo kick)
4th Quarter
WEBTD04:59Lucas 10 Yd Pass From Chouloute (Mannerstedt kick)
Stats at a GlanceWEBCU
1st Downs1814
3rd Down Conversions3-166-14
4th Down Conversions4-50-0
Passing (Comp-Att)262 (30-45) 95 (10-17)
Rushing (Att)61 (32) 196 (44)
Total Yards323291
Fumbles Lost11
Fast start carries Phoenix to 38-24 win
Friday, September 8, 2017
Fast start carries Phoenix to 38-24 win
Desmon Huntley runs for a 13-yard touchdown in CU's 38-24 win Friday against Webber International. Huntley ran for two TDs and threw for another in a little over a quarter. (Credit Bob Tamboli)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Dezmon Huntley posted TD runs of 13 and 55 yards and tossed a 24-yard touchdown, as Cumberland scored 31 unanswered points to start the contest in a 38-24 victory over Webber International in football action Friday night at Nokes-Lasater Field.

The contest was pushed up a day because of Hurricane Irma, set to strike the Florida coast in the next 24-36 hours.

Huntley hit Lorel Morton for a 24-yard touchdown less than five minutes into the contest and scored on 13 and 55-yard runs later in the period. David Emanuel’s 29-yard interception return for a TD with 12:47 left in the second period put the Phoenix ahead, 31-0.

Cumberland collected 188 yards of total offense in the opening quarter, taking advantage of a blocked punt, a fumble and two short punts by the Warriors. CU started drives at the WIU28 and 24 as well as the CU 40 and 36 in the first period. Emanuel pick-six put an exclamation point on the first 18 minutes of the contest, dominated completely by the home team.

Webber International gathered its composure and put together scoring drives of 45 and 55 yards before the half, netting a 43-yard field goal by Marcus Mannerstedt and a four-yard touchdown pass from Garry Chouloute to Jalen Cayo on the final play of the second quarter.

Austin Logue capped a seven-play, 71-yard drive to start the third period for the Warriors, pulling the visitors within, 31-17, but that was as close as WIU would get. Cumberland answered with a 12-play, 65-yard drive that took over six minutes off the clock.

Kris Parker and Joseph Rushin carried nine of the 12 plays of the drive for 33 yards, with Parker capping the drive with a three-yard TD run. The momentum shifted back to the Phoenix and although Webber International scored one more time in the contest, it was with just five minutes remaining.

Rushin played most of the second quarter and all of the second half, registering 20 carries for 59 yards. Huntley rushed just twice in the game for 68 yards and two TDs and finished 5-for-7 passing for 82 yards and one TD. Cumberland managed only 103 yards of offense over the final three quarters.

Chouloute got off to a rough start, fumbling on the second possession and missing receivers in the first quarter. He left the game but returned after Emanuel’s INT. From then on Chouloute displayed his tremendous ability with his arm and his feet, avoiding rushers and scrambling away from bad plays. He passed for 236 yards on 27-of-36 with two touchdowns and also rushed 15 times for 48 yards.

Webber won the statistical battle, outgaining the Phoenix, 323-291, and posting 18 first downs to 14 for CU. The rough start was too much to overcome for a team that will be driving through the night only to reach campus tomorrow afternoon and disperse before the hurricane arrives.

Marcus Bryson partially blocked the opening punt of the game, which turned into just a three-yard punt by the Warriors, giving Cumberland the ball at the WIU 28. CU was unable to reach the end zone, but Pablo Dongarra Travecedo booted a 22-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.

Chouloute fumbled on the next Webber snap, with Cody Carr recovering at the WIU 34. On the next play Morton shielded a defender in the back of the end zone for a 24-yard TD grab and a 10-0 Cumberland advantage.

The next scoring drive took just six plays for the Phoenix, highlighted by a 43-yard catch-and-run down the sideline by Morton. Three plays later Huntley rolled left and scampered 13 yards through an opening for a touchdown and a 17-0 lead.

Cumberland could do no wrong in the first quarter, at least not until later in the period, needing just three plays to expand the advantage. Huntley’s 55-yard scoring run down the sideline made it 24-0 with 3:29 left in the period.

Emanuel picked off Antwan Washington’s errant throw for a 29-yard INT return for a touchdown, the first interception return for a TD by the Phoenix since November 15, 2014, versus Alderson Broaddus.

Cumberland is scheduled to play at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla., next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CT. Irma may also have a say in that contest as well, so check this week for updates.