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LWC Football drops off Cumberland in road win

By Brady Budke

Lebanon, TN - Cameron Dukes tossed five passing touchdowns on Friday in Lebanon, Tennessee as the No. 4-ranked Lindsey Wilson football team defeated Cumberland (TN) by a final of 56-22 at Nokes-Lasater Field. The Blue Raiders move to 4-0 (4-0 MSC Bluegrass Division) while the Phoenix drop to 0-4 (0-4 MSC Bluegrass Division).

Dukes, who was 13-of-20 passing for 200 yards tonight, connected two times in the endzone with Joshua Lewis and once with Dimitrius Patterson, Terrill Cole, and Logan Neufeld. Tonight marks the first time this season Dukes has accomplished five scores through the air in a game.

The ground game produced a strong 322 total yards and a touchdown tonight for the Blue Raiders. Kobe Belcher rushed a team-high 14 times for 108 yards, marking his first-career 100 yard game. Jaylen Boyd rumbled ahead 13 times for 69 yards, while Jbias Dawson recorded four rushes for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, the Blue Raiders forced three turnovers while allowing 327 total yards to the Phoenix. Peyton Doles corralled a team-high eight total tackles while Marcellus Campbell and Cameron Thurman each notched five, respectively.

The game began with Cumberland striking first on the scoreboard. A seven play, 89 yard drive was capped off by a 18 yard rushing touchdown, pulling the Phoenix out in front 6-0 with 7:24 remaining in the first quarter.

Down a score early, the LWC defense stepped up big and produced the first points of the game for the No. 4-ranked team. DeAngelo Barrios forced a fumble which was scooped up by Luke Bowman who rolled ahead 52 yards for a touchdown. This was the first defensive touchdown of the year for the Lindsey Wilson defense.

Not to be denied, Cumberland received a break when the Blue Raiders fumbled a punt which was recovered by the Phoenix deep in Lindsey Wilson territory. CU needed only three plays to punch the ball in the endzone, going back up 12-7 as the first quarter came to a close.

Despite trailing to a winless opponent, Lindsey Wilson powered through in the second quarter with the help of Dukes and Lewis. Early in the quarter, Dukes launched a 70 yard touchdown pass to Lewis to give the lead back to the road team. A few possessions later, the Phoenix booted a punt to Lewis who sped his way 62 yards to the endzone for another touchdown. Lewis wasn't finished, recording his third total touchdown of the quarter with 13 seconds remaining when Dukes connected with him from 13 yards out, moving Lindsey Wilson ahead 28-12 at the half.

Out of the halftime locker room, Dukes continued to shine. The opening drive of the third quarter, which lasted eight plays and 62 yards, was capped off by a five yard passing touchdown from Dukes to Cole, his third through the air. The trend continued in the next offensive possession with Patterson corralling a 33 yard passing touchdown from Dukes with 9:52 to go in the quarter. Despite Cumberland answering with a passing touchdown of its own, Dukes finished off his five touchdown night a possession later with a 12 yard connection to Neufeld.

Now out in front 49-19 in the fourth quarter, Lindsey Wilson scored one more time when Dawson pounded ahead 54 yards for his first career rushing touchdown. The Phoenix made a field goal which finalized the 56-22 final score.

The No. 4 Lindsey Wilson football team will return to the field on Friday, March 19, at 6pmCT to battle Thomas More (Ky.) at Blue Raider Stadium.

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