WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — The theme of a strong second half continued for the Lindsey Wilson football team tonight at James H. Taylor II Stadium. The Blue Raiders sprinted past host Cumberlands (Ky.) after being deadlocked at the half to win 41-27 on Saturday night.
No. 7-ranked Lindsey Wilson improves to 7-0 on the season — the program’s best start to open a season — thanks to a stingy second-half defense and a proficient offense.
The Blue Raiders overcame a 14-6 first-quarter deficit to tie the game at 20-20 at the half.
Jalen Sublett — who recorded his second straight 100-yard rushing game — scored back-to-back touchdowns to give the Blue Raiders their first lead of the night. Sublett rushed for a team-high 103 yards and two scores.
The Lindsey Wilson defense yielded just one touchdown and 90 total yards of offense in the second half, while the Blue Raider offense tallied 303 total yards after the break — running 42 plays in the half compared to Cumberlands’ 21. Lindsey Wilson out-gained the Patriots 482-330 for the game.
After allowing 240 yards in the first half, including 199 yards on the ground, the Blue Raider defense stiffened beginning with a dominant third quarter. Cumberlands managed just 33 yards on 11 plays in the quarter.
Nathan Cunningham led a team-effort for the Blue Raider defense with eight tackles. The defensive unit finished the night forcing a pair of fumbles to increase its takeaways to nine over the last three games.
While the Lindsey Wilson defense started to find its rhythm — especially around the line of scrimmage — the Lindsey Wilson offense kicked it into gear.
Dylan Beasley found Umar Tate in the flat and he raced 49 yards up the left sideline for a his third touchdown of the season to put the Blue Raiders up 27-20 midway through the third quarter.
After the LWC defense forced a three-and-out, Beasley orchestrated an 11-play, 79-yard drive to give the Blue Raiders their largest lead of the night at 34-20. Beasley scrambled to his right and found Cedric Washington on the right sideline. Washington turned up field, breaking a couple of tackles to score his second touchdown of the night. Washington ended the game with four catches for 135 yards and the two scores.
Cumberlands climbed within one score with its lone touchdown of the second half with less than a minute gone in the fourth quarter. Josiah Robbins found an open Jalen Smith for a 28-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 34-27.
Despite driving on the doorstep, the Blue Raider offense failed to answer the Patriot touchdown, missing on two attempts inside the Cumberlands’ two-yard line to turn the ball over on downs.
But the Lindsey Wilson defense allowed just three yards on three plays, forcing Cumberlands to punt from its own endzone. The Blue Raider offense responded with a 9-play, 52-yard touchdown drive with 3:34 left to all but seal the win.
Beasley connected with Hunter Lovell on a three-yard touchdown to give Lindsey Wilson the 41-27 lead. Beasley finished the night 18-of-30 for 313 yards and four touchdown tosses. Lovell caught six passes for 60 yards and the score.
Cumberlands used its Homecoming night energy to build and early lead.
Austin Hatfield — who finished with 149 yards rushing — opened the scoring with a 36-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead.
Beasley found Washington on a screen and he sprinted past the Patriot defense for 91 yards to trim the deficit to 7-6. A bobble on the extra point attempt helped Cumberlands keep the lead. The Beasley-to-Washington touchdown set a record for the longest pass play in Lindsey Wilson history.
Hatfield notched his second score of the night, giving Cumberlands the 14-6 lead with a one-yard run to cap a 9-play, 66-yard drive.
Cumberlands’ Steph Burke evened the game with a 27-yard touchdown with 5:07 left in the half. The extra point failed to keep the game at 20-20.
Lindsey Wilson defense provided a glimpse of what might happen in the second half with a stand in the waning seconds of the opening half. The Blue Raiders halted a potential go-ahead drive by the Patriots, forcing a 36-yard field goal miss to end of the first half.
With Saturday’s 21-7 second half, the Blue Raiders have now outscored their opponents 199-39 after the break.
Lindsey Wilson returns to action at 1:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Oct. 15, as the Blue Raiders travel to Faulkner (Ala.) in Montgomery, Alabama.