Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Sports

October 4, 2013

Cumberland scores 50 in shootout win

TOLEDO — Cumberland played more like itself on its final two scoring drives than it had in the three previous quarters, which sounds far-fetched given that the Pirates scored 34 points before the fourth quarter on Friday.

Cumberland pieced together a 10-play, 58-yard scoring drive to regain the lead with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, capped off by a Holden Elwood touchdown run.

Then, the Pirates forced a three-and-out against Red Hill and melted the clock, finishing a 13-play, 71-yard touchdown drive with less than two minutes left, clinching its 50-36 win.

Cumberland quarterback Monte Wolke connected with Ethan Kemper on 19-yard touchdown pass that finished the team's 71-yard drive, which was Wolke's only completion of the game and Red Hill head coach Billy Gray said was the perfect play call.

“I expected the play-action pass probably a series sooner than (Cumberland) ran it,” Gray said. “We were giving it to them, asking them to throw it so we had a chance at the ball.”

The play-action pass came at a time when Cumberland needed it, facing a third down and 11 yards to go on the play, while the way the Pirates got there was much more settled down.

Cumberland head coach Kevin Maynard said he thought about pulling back the reins of the offense in the second quarter so the game wouldn't get out of control, but risked taking away his team's momentum.

“In the third quarter, we had to put our foot down after we got the lead again,” Maynard said. “We played more of our game, running the football.”

No play was more evident of that, Maynard said, than Wolke picking up a first down by inches on a fourth-and-three play, during Cumberland's last scoring drive.

Aside from picking up the fourth down, Wolke rushed for four touchdowns and 204 yards in the game, which Maynard said was an aspect of his offense that he wanted to stress in the game.

“We added a new wrinkle to our offense, wanting to give Monte a chance to be more of a runner,” Maynard said. “It allowed us a chance to make those big plays.”

Maynard's adjusted game plan caught Red Hill by surprise, as Gray said he didn't expect Cumberland's quarterback to play as big of a role in the Pirates offense.

“We didn't expect him to run that much,” Gray said. “He's obviously stronger than what we had on film, but if you can't tackle, you can't win football games.”

Wolke's first three touchdowns were for at least 33 yards, with his longest being a 47-yard  run early in the second quarter. He scored his fourth rushing touchdown on a eight-yard carry before halftime.

Red Hill's offense nearly matched Cumberland score for score, trailing 34-28 at halftime and taking a lead, 36-34, in the third quarter on Dalton Murray's 65-yard touchdown pass – one of his three scores.

However, Red Hill turned the ball over three times on fumbles that gave Cumberland extra offensive possessions, including one to start the second half.

Last week, Red Hill forced seven turnovers in a win over Palestine, but Friday's game was different as Cumberland went mistake-free.

“Our game was coming, I was sure of it, and it happened tonight,” Gray said.

Cumberland improves to 2-4 overall with the win and 2-2 in the Little Illini Eastern division and Maynard said he hopes his offense can keep rolling next week against Albion.

“I hope with a game like this, putting up those points will kick start us the rest of the three weeks,” Maynard said. “We're approaching every game like a playoff game, and I'm really excited about the fact that our offense came alive tonight.”

Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or alex.mcnamee@effinghamdailynews.com.

Red Hill     12 16 8 0     36

Cumberland     22 12 0 16     50

Rushing: Cumberland: Wolke 19-204-4, Elwood 11-43-1, Martin 12-94-0; Red Hill: Moore 6-85-0, Murray 17-36-1, Adams 7-42-1

Passing: Cumberland: Wolke 1-3-19, TD; Red Hill: Murray 6-11-214, 3 TD

Receiving: Cumberland: Kemper 1-19-1; Red Hill: Ramsaran 3-138-3

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Ryan.jpg Czachorski: Lunt the right man at QB

    There haven't been many times I've put pen to paper — or I guess more fittingly finger to keyboard — and written about the Illinois Fighting Illini.
    Part of it is due to their football team's struggles, as it's hard to have an opinion on them outside of "man, they went 1-7 in the Big 10 last year" or "I remember that one time they went to the Rose Bowl, but that's about it." Part of it is staying in my wheelhouse, which is MAC football and my alma mater Central Michigan Chippewas, a topic that doesn't concern many, if any, around here.

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NeogaGresens.jpg Neoga prepares for upcoming volleyball season

    Another area team finds themselves with a new coach holding the clipboard this season.
    Susan Hutchinson is the new volleyball coach for the Neoga Indians, but she isn't new to the game of volleyball. Hutchinson coached at Mattoon for seven years when they were still in the Big 12 Conference. She said her new players had to get used to her coaching style very quickly.

    August 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bulldogs fifth at ISU

    St. Anthony took to the links for the second-straight day and had a strong showing at the Raider/Redbird Classic.
    The Bulldogs finished fifth among a 20-team field, shooting a 318. East Peoria shot a 312 to win it, Normal U-High and Lincoln each shot 315s with Normal winning the tie-breaker, and Bloomington took fourth with a 317.

    August 21, 2014

  • DonovanHammer.jpg St. Anthony will lead with speed

    For the last five years, Eric Morales has been the assistant coach of the St. Anthony Bulldogs soccer team. But this season he will have his chance at the helm and try to help lead the Bulldogs to their first regional title since 2010.
    St. Anthony is missing six seniors from last years team, including its leading goal scorer and starting goalie.

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • JakeLinders.jpg Flaming Hearts win St. Anthony Invitational

    The Flaming Hearts of Effingham were the overall winners and also had the medalist. Effingham shot a team score of 312 to beat the host Bulldogs by nine shots. Hearts senior Jackson Wendling finished with a 72 to take medalist honors.

    August 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Willenborg.jpg Teutopolis takes opener against St. Thomas More

    Teutopolis took the course with a new coach and four players, but as coach Becky Probst said, it takes four to score.
    And those four Lady Shoes took their first match of the year, topping Champaign St. Thomas More 216-227 in both teams' openers at Cardinal Golf Course in Effingham.

    August 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • callawaysmith.jpg Time to tee off, golf season starts fall sports campaign today

    The fall sports campaign kicks off in earnest Monday afternoon, with the first area varsity contests being held in Windsor and Effingham this afternoon.
    The St. Anthony Invitational boys golf tournament will be held at Fox Prairie Golf Course at 1 p.m. in Windsor, while the Teutopolis Lady Shoes host St. Thomas More at Cardinal Golf Course at 4 p.m.

    August 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • AndrewBingham.jpg Flaming Hearts' flexibility a plus; Effingham prepping for upcoming soccer season

    Three days into the practice season, Effingham soccer coach Aaron Witges sees a lot of flexibility.
    It was something his squad had last year, with 10 seniors but young players forcing their way into the lineup as well.
    Coming off a 10-8-3 season, some of those young players will find themselves in new positions for the Flaming Hearts this season.

    August 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 8-16 eff volleyball.jpg Flaming Hearts set with new coach

    The Effingham Flaming Hearts volleyball team will have a new but familiar face leading them on the sideline this season.
    As a former player for the Hearts, coach Mindy McCollum-Boswell will look to lead her team to their first regional title since 2008.

    August 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ryan.jpg Czachorski: Bears backups worrisome

    This might sound shockingly similar to a number of columns I've written in the past, but it bears repeating (excusing a terrible pun).
    The quarterback situation is worrisome.

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.