Cumberlands season preview


Coach: John Bland (24-9 in three seasons at Cumberlands)

Last season: 10-2 overall; 6-0 and first in Mid-South Conference East

Season outlook: The Patriots have won back-to-back East Division titles and are picked by league coaches to make it three in a row. They return many key players on both sides of the ball but will be replacing three-year starting QB Kyle King with sophomore Jay Bright. Much of the offensive line returns, which should help in the transition. The Patriots' defense is speedy, especially in the secondary. Bland said he's relying on team depth to help win games this season.

Key players: OL Justin Norman; RB Cohleach Holmes; OL Justin Walsh; FS Brian Abshire; LB P.J. Hughes; DL Alex Wright; LB Karlos Scott; DB Eric Tisdol

Patriots' schedule

Date Opponent Time

Sept. 5 KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 12 at Mississippi College 2:30 p.m.

Sept. 19 BETHEL 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 26 at Cumberland 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 3 at Pikeville 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 10 UNION 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 17 at Georgetown 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 24 WEST VIRGINIA TECH 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 31 CAMPBELLSVILLE 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 7 at Virginia-Wise 1:30 p.m.

Jennifer Smith