The Cumberland offense has struggled this season, scoring 22 total points in three games, but its defense has kept it in games.
In week one, the Pirates lost to Paris, 12-6. The following week, they lost 8-6 to Marshall. In week three, they lost 19-10 against Oblong.
Palestine is coming off of a 48-14 loss against Casey-Westfield, the second-ranked team in the state for Class 1A; however, Palestine picked up a win in the opening week against Kincaid South Fork 20-19.
Cumberland hasn’t finished the season with a sub-.500 record since 2006, when they went 3-6. To stay above .500, they’d have to 5-1 or better down the stretch.
That necessity also coincides with their playoff chances, as they must go 5-1 at least to have a shot at the playoffs. A 6-0 mark would guarantee them a spot. The Pirates have made the playoffs seven out of the last nine years.
Casey-Westfield, the team that beat Palestine this season, is on Cumberland’s remaining schedule. The Warriors are currently ranked second in the state in Class 1A, and Cumberland faces off with the Warriors next week.
Newton (1-2, 1-0) at Lawrenceville (2-1, 0-1), Saturday 2 p.m.
Newton is looking to remain undefeated in the LIC’s Egyptian Division, and will have to wait an extra day to go for a 2-0 conference record.
The Eagles travel to Lawrenceville Saturday afternoon to face off with the Indians, fresh off their first win of the season Friday as they downed Flora 28-27.
Lawrenceville started off the season with a bang, downing LIC Eastern foes Edwards County and Oblong 26-8 and 57-8, respectively.
They were tripped up last Friday at Robinson, falling 42-16.
Newton’s offense found its rhythm Friday, rushing the ball well with Allen Taylor (111 yards) and Brandon Tolliver-Goode (53 yards), and quarterback Brock Mammoser had his best game under center with 195 yards passing and three touchdowns.
Lawrenceville quarterback Zach Shoulders carries the offense on his shoulder, serving both as the quarterback and one of the primary rushing threats on the team. In the loss to Robinson, he carried the ball 22 times and threw it 14, meaning the Newton linebackers and defensive line will need to key on Shoulders more than usual.
The Eagles will look to follow Robinson’s lead and push the Indians to 0-2 in the LIC Egyptian Saturday afternoon.