LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland moved up two spots to 22nd in this week’s NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll following a 52-21 victory over Bethel University, released Monday by the national office.
The Phoenix piled up 564 rushing yards on 59 attempts in Saturday’s win, 9.6 yards-per-carry, with four touchdowns. It marks the most rushing yards in the last 10 seasons and the most since recording 471 yards against Campbellsville University in 2007. Cumberland led 28-21 at the half and 31-21 entering the fourth period before scoring three TDs in the 15 minutes to pull away.
Kris Parker paced three CU running backs with over 100 yards, carrying 17 times for a career-high 177 yards and one TD. Kimlee North added 14 rushes for a career-best 154 yards with two touchdowns and quarterback Dezmon Huntley posted 144 yards on 17 attempts.
Cumberland improved to 6-2 overall with the victory, 2-1 in the Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division, heading into this Saturday’s contest at fifth-ranked Lindsey Wilson.