(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More University football team will defend home turf against No. 8 University of the Cumberlands on Saturday, November 9, at 1:30 p.m. on Military Appreciation Day at BB&T Field.
THE TEAMS: Thomas More (3-6, 1-4) is coming off a close 35-28 loss at Bethel University last week. Four of the Saints' six losses have been by seven points or less. Cumberlands (8-0, 5-0) ranks eighth in the nation and will look to remain undefeated. Cumberlands picked up a 14-7 road win at Georgetown College last week.
THE COACHES: Trevor Stellman is in his second season as the head coach at Thomas More. Prior to becoming head coach, Stellman graduated from TMU in 2010 and served as an assistant coach for eight seasons. Cumberlands head coach Matt Rhymer is in his fifth season in charge of the Patriots football program, compiling a 35-15 record (.700 winning percentage). Rhymer led the Patriots to an NAIA Football Championship Series appearance last season, losing in the first round in double-overtime.
THOMAS MORE: The Saints are averaging 27.2 points and 405.3 yards per game this season. They average 157.0 rushing yards and 248.3 passing yards per game. Senior quarterback Justin Post (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) has thrown for 2,235 yards with 19 touchdowns while completing 56.0% of his passes. Junior Monalo Caldwell (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) leads Saints rushers with 704 yards and six touchdowns. Senior receiver Mitchell Hogue (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) ranks 11th in NAIA with 54 receptions. Senior Da'marco Canty (Bogart, Ga./North Oconee) has 36 catches for 620 yards and eight touchdowns, with two additional touchdowns on punt returns.
CUMBERLANDS: The Patriots are averaging 41.6 points and 432.5 yards per game. Their run-heavy attack ranks 10th in NAIA with 233.5 rushing yards per game, adding 199.0 passing yards per game. Senior quarterback Josiah Robbins has thrown for 1,438 yards and 14 touchdowns while completing 58.8% of his passes. First-year running back Martize Smith is the leading rusher for the Patriots with 689 yards, averaging 6.8 yards per carry. Last week at Georgetown, Smith ran for 148 yards on 23 carries. Sophomore Darius Young leads the receiving corps with 24 catches for 450 yards and five touchdowns, with 221 yards and four scores in the last two weeks.
THOMAS MORE: Thomas More is allowing 31.4 points and 427.3 yards per game. They have given up 130.1 rushing yards and 292.6 passing yards per game. Sophomore linebacker Peyton Van Horn (Hebron, Ky./Conner) leads the team with 87 total tackles. Sophomore defensive back Ky Jones (Chicago, Ill./Ravenna) and junior defensive back Brian Manning Jr. (Burlington, Ky./Connor) have both intercepted two passes for the Saints. Senior linebacker Cody Coffey (Anderson, Ohio/Anderson) has two sacks and an interception for Thomas More.
CUMBERLANDS: The Patriots boast the sixth-best scoring defense in the nation, allowing just 12.0 points and 283.0 total yards per game. Cumberlands allows 97.6 rushing yards per game, which ranks 10th in NAIA, and 161.1 passing yards per game. Sophomore Kumi Sarpong is seventh in the nation with nine sacks. Senior Tyler Pendlton leads the Patriots in tackles with 82 on the season. Junior Myles Betts leads the team with three interceptions.
SERIES HISTORY: This will be the first meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.
BROADCAST: For each of the Saints' home games, Thomas More will provide a LIVE video webcast starting 10 minutes prior to kickoff. Nate Metz and Brady Laber will call the game from BB&T Field at www.thomasmoresaints.com.
LOCAL TELEVISION: TBNK will broadcast all the Saints' home games LIVE on local access television in Northern Kentucky. Denny Wright and Scott Borders will bring you all the action on game days.
UP TO DATE INFORMATION: For all the up to date information on Thomas More athletics visit www.thomasmoresaints.com and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @tmusaints.
UP NEXT: Thomas More will close out the regular season on Saturday, November 16 at 1:30 p.m. when they host the University of Pikeville at BB&T Field.