Football

Saturday's state, area games

Cumberland at Georgetown

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Records: Cumberland 1-1, 1-0; Mid-South Conference; Georgetown 0-1, 0-0.

What to watch: After a 48-38 win over Campbellsville, Cumberland was throttled 47-6 by Chattanooga. Third-year senior Matt Eads runs the offense. Sophomores Dexter Elston and Josh Crouch led the Bulldogs in rushing and receiving, respectively, as freshmen. Georgetown fell 19-17 to McKendree last week. "We have to do a better job of taking care of the football and start out better on offense, and allow Mike (Lewis, quarterback) to make some plays happen," Tigers Coach Bill Cronin said. "We were a little cautious with him in his first start and I think we will open it up a little bit more for him because of the things he was able to do and his poise on Saturday. Defensively, we have to keep doing what we've been doing." Georgetown leads the series 9-2, including a 63-3 romp last year.

Morehead St. at Eastern Ky.

Time: 6 p.m.

Records: Morehead 1-1; Eastern 0-2

What to watch: Both teams have defensive backs who were named pre-season All-Americans: David Hyland of Morehead and Brandon Gathof of EKU. Eagles QB Evan Sawyer is 24-for-49, with two interceptions and two TDs. Nick Feldman caught both TDs and has nine catches overall for 170 yards. LB Wes McDermott leads the team with 12 tackles. EKU is looking for its first win under Coach Dean Hood. The Colonels have won five in a row against Morehead. QB Allan Holland is No. 10 on EKU's all-time passing list (2,943 yards) and is less than 200 yards from moving up to eighth.

Western Ky. at Alabama

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Western 1-1; Alabama 2-0

What to watch: No. 11 Alabama is off to a 2-0 start for a fifth year in a row, having knocked off then-No. 9 Clemson 34-10, then scoring twice on special teams to defeat Tulane 20-6. Mike Ingram has rushed for 159 yards, Glen Coffee for 145. John Parker Wilson has completed 33 of 53 passes for 253 yards and two scores. The Crimson Tide defense is limiting opponents to 43 rush yards per game, averaging 1.9 yards per carry. WKU, 0-11 vs. Southeastern Conference teams, outscored Eastern Kentucky in the second half 21-0 last week and limited the Colonels to 27 second-half rush yards en route to a 37-13 win at Richmond. Alonzo Higgins led the Hilltoppers defense with 11 stops for the second game in a row. Tyrell Hayden, out of Lexington Christian, rushed for 98 yards and a TD against Eastern.

Memphis at marshall

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Memphis 0-2, 0-1 Conference USA; Marshall 1-1, 0-0

What to watch: Memphis leads the young series 2-1, with the home team winning every time. Memphis is averaging 488 yards and 29.5 points through two games. Marshall WR Darius Passmore is averaging 103 yards per game and 18.7 per catch. TE Cody Slate, who missed last week's 51-14 loss at Wisconsin because of injury, is listed day-to-day. The Thundering Herd defense includes C.J. Spillman, who had 131 tackles last season, and Albert McClellan, the 2006 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year who sat out 2007 because of injury. Redshirt freshman Mark Cann quarterbacks the Herd. Memphis QB Arkelon Hall was a teammate of Marshall DB Josh Miller and TE Maurice Graham last season at College of the Sequoias.

Elsewhere

Albany State at Kentucky State, 1 p.m.

Kentucky Christian at Bethany, 1 p.m.

Centre at Maryville, 1:30 p.m.

Malone at Union, 1:30 p.m.

Mississippi College at Cumberlands, 1:30 p.m.

Ohio Dominican at Campbellsville, 1:30 p.m.

Shorter at Pikeville, 1:30 p.m.

Kentucky Wesleyan at Stephen F. Austin, 7 p.m.

Mark Maloney

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