“The punt for the safety was our game changer,” Cumberland head coach Kevin Maynard said. “One of our offensive goals was to get a special teams play.”
Cumberland’s Holden Elwood returned the ensuing kickoff into Oblong territory at the 39-yard line and Cumberland quarterback Monte Wolke led a comeback drive in 13 plays.
Cumberland almost scored halfway through the drive, with 6:34 on the clock, but a false start penalty brought it back. Later, Elwood capitalized on the field position with a one-yard run.
Trailing 13-8, Cumberland went for a two-point conversion, but failed; however, Oblong gave them a second chance with offsetting penalties. Wolke ran the ball in on the do-over, to bring the score to 13-10.
“We want to put the ball in Monte’s hands and have him make decisions,” Maynard said. “I thought he did a nice job with that in hurry-up situations.”
After forcing an Oblong punt, Cumberland put the ball in Wolke’s hands, but four consecutive incomplete passes caused the Pirates to turn it over deep in their own territory.
Oblong’s Brody Allen scored a 25-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach of Cumberland. The extra point was blocked, but the touchdown was enough.
“Brody Allen really stepped up,” Reider said. “The offensive line play really well tonight.”
An inability to put points on the board when they had a chance hurt Cumberland and was a trend that continued from the past two games, Maynard said.
“Going into this game, we’ve been in the red zone five times and came out with two touchdowns,” Maynard said. “We tried to do some different things up front to give us more push. I really don’t have an answer for it.”
Cumberland was also stopped on fourth down 39 yards from the end zone on their first drive of the game. The Pirates turned the ball over with a fumble in the second quarter after a 12-play drive got them to the three-yard-line.