Dixon leads Cumberland to conference win
SOUTH POINT, Ohio – Ken Dixon ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries as Cumberland University downed Kentucky Christian 45-20 in a Mid-South West Division game played at South Point High School Saturday afternoon.
Cumberland (5-5, 3-2) finished with 357 yards of total offense, including 255 in the first half. The Bulldogs scored on each of its first three drives, taking a 17-0 lead before the Knights (1-9, 1-5) were able to convert their initial first down.
After forcing a three-and-out, the Bulldogs took advantage of good field position, driving 54 yards in four plays, capped by a 35-yard touchdown run by redshirt freshman Ken Dixon. In the first half alone, the Thomasville, Ga., native had five carries for 99 yards. Cumberland’s two-point conversion failed, leaving the score 6-0.
Another KCU punt set up the Bulldogs near midfield again, and Dixon took the first-down handoff 43 yards to the Knight 10-yard line. CU advanced five more yards before the drive stalled and setting up Josh Smith’s first career field goal from 22 yards out. The defensive lineman, who assumed the kicking duties two weeks ago missed a kick against Belhaven and did not attempt a try last week.
The Bulldogs were back in the end zone exactly two minutes later after Mike Hart recovered a fumble on Kentucky Christian’s first play of the ensuing drive, giving CU a 24-yard field to work with. Kelsea Fordham scored five plays later from eight yards out and Christian Burnett hooked up with Daniel Dayton for the two-point conversion and a 17-0 lead.
CU added another touchdown in the second quarter when Da’Juan Manning punched it in from three yards out. Smith converted the extra point, making it a 24-0 game at the half.
It took just 13 seconds for the Bulldogs to find the end zone in the second half as Manning returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. Ervin Young ran in the two-point conversion to put Cumberland up 32-0.
KCU scored 20 straight points to get within two scores before CU put the nails in the coffin with touchdown runs by Mitch McChurch and another by Dixon, who finished the game with 148 yards. Smith connected on an extra point after McChurch’s two-yard TD.
CU closes out the season with a contest at Lambuth University next Saturday at noon.