Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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September 14, 2013

Pirate offense struggles in 19-10 loss to Oblong

TOLEDO – Cumberland failed to put points on the board one too many times Friday in its 19-10 loss.

That included a blocked field goal at the end of the first half that turned out to be the difference in the game when the Pirates had the ball, trailing by three points with 1:55 left in the game.

With a first-and-goal at the end of the first half, Cumberland lost two yards on three plays and tried settling for a field goal that would’ve made the game 7-3 at halftime, but the field goal was blocked.

Oblong came out after halftime, leading 7-0, and scored on their second drive of the game as quarterback Alec Jacobs led his team on a four-play, 75-yard drive that included a 54-yard pass to Kurtis Fleek.

On the ensuing possession, Cumberland marched down the field and converted a fake punt that set up another red zone opportunity.

On first-and-10 from the 12-yard-line, Cumberland fumbled the ball on a run – similar to a play in the first half when they fumbled and lost possession in the red zone – but recovered it.

The Oblong defensive line held strong, allowing minimal gains and forcing Cumberland into a fourth-and-eight with the Cumberland coaches having a decision to make.

Instead of trying another field goal, after one was blocked in the first half, Cumberland’s offense took the field on fourth down. Oblong’s Ian Sablone batted down a Cumberland pass attempt to give his team the ball back.

“The defense played tremendous tonight,” Oblong coach Travis Reider said. “That’s a very physical Cumberland team.”

With the turnover, Oblong controlled the ball with 11:18 to play in the game and the Cumberland defense came up with a stop.

Oblong went three and out, failing to convert and third-and-six, and settled for a punt; however, Jacobs, who was the punter, dropped the snap in the endzone and Cumberland’s defenders swarmed to him to force a safety that gave the Pirates their first points on the board.

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