Fulton said the running game needs to do a better job of picking up first downs and controlling the clock.
“We’ve got to move the chains a little better than we have in the past,” he said.
Fulton added that the Eagles aren’t looking ahead at their remaining schedule, though they still have a chance to make the playoffs.
“We’re just trying to win a game at this point,” he said. “We’re not looking to far ahead at this point.”
vs. Edwards County (1-5)
The Pirates will look to clinch a playoff berth tonight when they play host to the Lions of Edwards County.
Cumberland’s defense has been the strength of the team all year long, holding opponents to only 74 points and forcing some key turnovers.
“I’m proud of them,” coach Todd Butler said of his defensive unit. “Other than Week 5, we haven’t given up too many points. They’re playing well and they’re taking a lot of pride in what they’re doing.”
Offensively, Butler said the Pirates will have to work on their passing game during the last three weeks of the regular season.
“We need to become more balanced,” he said. “We’re pretty one-dimensional with the run.”
Jon Duniphan leads the team in rushing yards, with 506 yards on 105 carries. He’s also scored five rushing touchdowns on the year.
Nathan Day has ran for 252 yards and three touchdowns.
Butler said his team hasn’t had to throw the ball much, instead opting to grind the clock down with a strong running game. But, he acknowledged, that will have to change if the Pirates advance to the playoffs.
“We’ve been able to run the ball and keep it safe,” he said. “But we’re going to need to throw the ball down the stretch.”
Tonight marks a celebration of Cumberland’s 50th anniversary of football. Members of the inaugural 1962 football team will be honored prior to the game.