Game preview: Football Prepares for Battle for the Brass Lantern

Published 1:29 pm Friday, September 27, 2019

BARBOURVILLE — It’s the Battle for the Brass Lantern.

Plain and simple.

The Union College football team is prepared to do battle with its long-time rival University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) on Saturday in what should another classic chapter in this series.

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Union enters the contest 0-4, while Cumberlands is 2-0 and ranked No. 13 in the NAIA.


Location – Williamsburg, Ky.

Stadium – James H. Taylor, II Stadium

Game time – 7 p.m.

Live video – stats

Head-to-head matchup


This is the 41st meeting between Union and Cumberlands dating back to 1905. The Patriots lead the series 28-12 and have won seven of the last 10 matchups. Union’s last two victories came in 2014 and 2016.

2005 was the last time Union won at Cumberlands. The Bulldogs pulled out a 35-34 win over the then No. 5-ranked Patriots.

Cumberlands is averaging 37.5 points and 389.5 yards per game, while Union is posting 14.75 points and 314.3 yards a contest.

Union is averaging 15 points and 338.7 yards per game, while Campbellsville is putting up 12 points and 315.0 yards per game.

The Bulldogs only had one turnover in last week’s game but have 11 (eight interceptions, three fumbles) on the year. The Patriots have coughed the ball up twice this season with one interception and one fumble.

Both teams are averaging around seven penalties per game with Union being penalized 49.8 yards per game and Cumberlands 78.0 yards per game.

Martize Smith leads the Patriot ground game with 154 yards and two scores on 21 carries. Cumberlands has a balanced running attack with 433 rushing yards shared among 11 players through the first two games of the season.

Patriot quarterback Josiah Robbins is 23-of-40 for 346 yards and three touchdowns. T.J. Williams leads the team with six catches for 109 yards, while Weston Hayes has five catches for 88 yards and two scores.

The Cumberlands defense has racked up 12.0 tackles for a loss and 6.0 sacks. Tyler Pendleton leads the Patriots with 16 total stops with 1.0 sack.

Jalen Echols leads the Union ground attack with 170 yards rushing.

Union is looking for its first rushing touchdown of the year.

The Bulldogs have eight passing touchdowns with five of them going to Earl Wells. Wells has 20 catches on the year for 362 yards.

Defensively, Jay Brown and Cohen Perry lead the way with 31 and 27 tackles, respectively.