September 22, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Edward Waters10001424
Cumberland Univ.073717
1st Quarter
EWCFG06:29Sanders 27 Yd
EWCTD01:16Pelham 4 Yd Run (Sanders kick)
2nd Quarter
CUTD11:09Rucker 32 Yd Run (Kline kick)
3rd Quarter
CUFG01:45Kline 30 Yd
4th Quarter
EWCTD10:40Noble 23 Yd Pass From Jones (Sanders kick)
EWCTD04:04Jones 1 Yd Run (Sanders kick)
CUTD01:44Toliver 8 Yd Pass From Huntley (Kline kick)
Stats at a GlanceEWCCU
1st Downs1913
3rd Down Conversions6-136-13
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Passing (Comp-Att)106 (7-13) 119 (7-13)
Rushing (Att)206 (51) 144 (37)
Total Yards312263
Fumbles Lost01
Late TDs sink Phoenix, 24-17
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Late TDs sink Phoenix, 24-17
Denarius Toliver catches a pass along the sideline in CU's 24-17 loss Saturday to Edward Waters. He finished with five receptions for 98 yards and one TD. (Credit Coy Gill)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Derrick Jones tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass and scored on a one-yard run, both in the fourth quarter, giving Edward Waters College a 24-17 victory over Cumberland in football action here Saturday at Nokes-Lasater Field.

The Tigers (2-2) led 10-0 after one period but a 32-yard TD run by Cumberland’s Telvin Rucker in the second quarter and a 30-yard field goal from Sean Kline late in the third period tied the contest at 10.

Jones hit a wide open Kamaree Noble for a 23-yard scoring pass with 10:40 remaining and the freshman QB sneaked in from a yard out with 4:04 to play, giving EWC a 24-10 advantage.

The Phoenix (2-3) marched 68 yards on seven plays to pull within seven, with Denarius Toliver catching an eight-yard TD pass from Dezmon Huntley with 1:44 left in the contest. Toliver finished with five receptions for 98 yards for CU.

Cumberland’s onside kick hit an Edward Waters player but EWC’s Alfredrick Tyson fell on the ball near the sideline, preserving the victory of the Tigers.

Edward Waters won the line of scrimmage in the second half, gaining 134 yards on 28 rushes in the final two quarters. The Tigers rushed for 206 yards overall, 108 of that from Corey Hammett on 16 attempts. Jones was also lethal with his legs, consistently escaping pressure in the first half.

CU managed 144 yards on the ground and 119 through the air. Ricker led the Phoenix with 58 yards on eight carries.

Cumberland moved 41 yards on the opening possession of the game, all but nine of that on the ground, but Huntley was sacked from behind by Kennard Mahone, who caused and recovered a fumble for the Tigers.

Edward Waters got 14 yards on the ground from Jacquez Pelham and Jones scrambled for seven yards on third down. A late hit penalty on Jones’ run moved the ball to the CU14, but the drive stalled and Ishmael Sanders booted a 27-yard field goal for a 3-0 EWC lead.

After a three-and-out by the Phoenix, Jones continued to hurt the home team with his feet, escaping pressure for a nine-yard gain on third down. He then dumped a screen pass to Hammett on another third down and the freshman raced 42 yards down the sideline. Dale George, Jr., powered in from four yards out on the next play and Edward Waters led 10-0 late in the first quarter.

The Tigers were pinned deep inside their own territory and a short punt gave Cumberland the ball at the EWC40 early in the second period. Three plays into the drive Rucker broke through the line of scrimmage and outraced a defender to the end zone, cutting the deficit to 10-7.

Edward Waters took the ensuing possession from its 25 to the CU36 on eight plays thanks to another personal foul penalty on the Phoenix. The Tigers gained first downs on two Cumberland penalties, but Jones’ long pass down the middle into double coverage was intercepted by Prentiss Sumerall in the end zone, keeping EWC off the scoreboard.

Huntley completed a 49-yard pass to Toliver on CU’s first possession of the third quarter but the Tiger defense forced a 26-yard field goal that was pushed right.

The Phoenix defense forced another punt and Ian Hafner’s 13-yard return gave CU the ball at the Edward Waters’ 35-yard line. Huntley rushed for 14 yards and Toliver’s 19-yard run moved the ball to the EWC10. Huntley was sacked, though, and Kline got another chance, botting a 30-yard field goal to knot the game at 10 with 1:45 remaining in the period.

Edward Waters converted a fourth down on the first play of the fourth quarter and rushed 10 consecutive plays on the drive. That set-up play-action, with Jones finding a wide open Noble in the back right of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown, giving the Tigers a 17-10 edge.

The Phoenix went three-and-out on offense and Edward Waters moved the ball again on the ground, this time five straight carries, including a 38-yard scamper by Hammett. Jones then found Abdul Leiba, Jr., over the middle for an 18-yard pick-up to the CU1, though the ball went right through the hands of Cumberland defender Jon Carrothers.

Jones scored on the next play for a two touchdown lead with just over four minutes to play.

Huntley found Toliver over the middle for a 36-yard completion and a facemask penalty made it a 50-yard play (half the distance to the goal on the penalty) on the next drive for CU. Three plays later Toliver caught an eight-yard TD along the back of the end zone, but it was too little, too late for the Phoenix.

Cumberland begins Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division action next week, facing Cincinnati Christian at 12:30 p.m. CT on the road. The Phoenix return home in two weeks, taking on Georgetown College for Homecoming.