WILLIAMSBURG – Quan Weaver rushed for over 100 yards for the sixth time this season, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a season-high six University of Pikeville turnovers as Cumberlands took advantage for a 48-29 win on Saturday.
Weaver rushed 23 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns, becoming just the fifth Bear in program history to pass the 1,000-yard mark for a career in the process, but apart from his performance, UPIKE failed to get much production.
The Patriots outgained the Bears in total offense 538-425 behind a career-high rushing performance from quarterback Adam Craig who went for 172 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries. Craig only went through the air five times, but made one of his three completions count with a 44-yard touchdown strike to Wendall Williams to take a 48-22 lead in the fourth quarter.
Williams was a human highlight reel for Cumberlands as that long touchdown was his only receptions and on his only carry of the game he took it 67 yards for six just before halftime.
UPIKE struggled to find consistency at quarterback, leading to just 191 yards of offense through the air. Sani Warren started the game, but was removed just before halftime after throwing three interceptions and completing just 5-of-11 passes. R.J. Rosemond Jr., played the rest of the game, completing 9 of 16 for 117 yards with two scores and an interception of his own.
Rosemond Jr., picked up some tough yards on the ground as well, netting 51 yards on nine carries. Eddie Miller III led the receivers with 41 yards on two catches, including a 32-yard grab in the corner of the end zone to make it a 35-14 game early in the third quarter.
While the Patriots ended up taking a 28-7 lead into halftime, it was a tight contest for nearly 27 minutes. Partly due to a combined four turnovers, neither team scored a point in the first quarter. Then in the early stages of the second, Weaver answered a UC rushing touchdown with a three-yard scamper of his own to make it 7-7.
Over the next seven minutes the Bear offense stalled and Craig started to get things rolling, adding two touchdowns on the ground to give the Patriots a 21-7 lead. Following Warren’s third interception with 1:52 left until halftime, Williams broke free for his 67-yard score and the Bears never got any closer than 19 points the rest of the way.
Down 41-14 late in the third quarter, UPIKE blocked an extra point and ran back the return for two points when Chad Conway lateralled over to Romon Morris to go the final 38 yards. On the ensuing drive, Weaver added a 30-yard touchdown and that would be as close as UPIKE would come to the Patriots at 41-22.
With the outcome all but decided, the Bears closed with their best drive of the game, going 73 yards on 13 plays for Rosemond Jr., to hit Anfernee Brown for six. With less than two minutes on the clock, an onside kick failed, and Cumberlands ran out the clock.
Jack Hopkins and Mark Hooper led the Bears’ defense in the loss with 10 tackles each, while Demetrius Taylor came up with eight and Arthur Williams made five stops. Conway and Derek Harris both recovered fumbles and Taylor and Terrell White both forced one.
Pikeville will host Union for Homecoming at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. WYMT will televise the Pikeville-Union football game.