Football up two spots to No. 22
Monday, October 16, 2017
Football up two spots to No. 22
Dezmon Huntley rushed for 144 yards and passed for two TDs in CU's 52-21 win Saturday over Bethel. (Credit John Sloan)

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.