Marian blows out CU-Somerset in Tigers season opener

CU-Somerset freshman guard TC Wright led the Tigers on Monday night with 24 points, however it was visiting Marian University coming away with a 115-73 win over Al Gover’s club.
Photo by Steve Cornelius

By DOUG EADS

Al Gover and the Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers came into the 2019-20 college basketball season with high aspirations, however the local team took one on the proverbial chin to open season number two as a collegiate basketball program on Monday evening at Somerset Christian School.

Taking on a very good and established NAIA program in Marian University out of Indianapolis, Indiana on Monday night in the season opener, coach Gover knew his club had a tall order in front of it, and boy was he right.

The visiting Knights led the homestanding Tigers by just nine points at the intermission, 47-38, but Marian put things in another gear after the intermission, outscoring Somerset 68-35 in the second half.



As a result, it was the Tigers falling to 0-1 on the season, coming up on the short end of the scoreboard in their opener by a whopping 42 points, losing to Marian University by a final score of 115-73.

“They whipped us good tonight,” Gover lamented immediately following Monday night’s contest.

“It was just a nine-point game at halftime,and you go in feeling pretty good about yourself, and then you go out in the second half and you don’t compete very hard, and I just don’t understand that,” added the CU-Somerset head coach. “This game is about competition, and if you don’t compete, there’s no reason to play.”

Competing is exactly what Gover’s club was able to do early on.

Despite the fact that Marian’s dynamic duo of Christian Stewart and Sterling Brown was prolific from behind the three-point arc, Gover’s club hung tough early on.

Titus Ransom tallied 13 of his 20 points in the opening half for CU-Somerset, and despite trailing for the entire half, Ransom’s long three-point bomb just before the horn sounded ending the first half had the halftime deficit under double figures at 47-38.

In the second frame however, this one was all Marian.

Cameron Wolter went to work on the inside for the Knights, and he led everybody in scoring with a game-high 25 points, as CU-Somerset had no answer for the big man down in the paint.



Brown and Stewart remained hot from the outside in the second period, while Christian Harvey came off the bench to score all 15 of his points for Marian University in the second half of play.

Freshman guard TC Wright fought hard to keep the Tigers within striking distance of the Knights, scoring 15 of his team-high 24 points after the intermission, but it would not be enough down the stretch, as Marian put its foot on the gas pedal over the game’s final eight minutes,rolling to the 42-point win over the local club.

“Our competition doesn’t get any easier, and it’s something that we’ve got to continue to work on, and that’s learning howto play and compete hard each and every time we go out there,” pointed out coach Gover.

“Of course this was a tough opponent to start out the year with, but you still have to go out and compete hard, and that means you do it on each and every possession, both offensively and defensively,” added the Tigers head coach. “We practice hard, and we get after it, but when you have a night like this in the second half, you walkaway kind of scratching your head.”

The Tigers — 0-1 on the season — will try to bounce back this Saturday, as Gover and CU-Somerset will travel to Louisville to take on Boyce College at 2 p.m.

MU — 47 68 — 115

CU-S — 38 35 — 73

MARIAN UNIV. — Wolter 25, Brown 22, Stewart 18, Harvey 15, Langkabel 11, Nwankwo 10, Gohmann 7, Taylor 5, Heady 2.



CU-SOMERSET — Wright 24, Ransom 20, Kennedy 10, Cofer 5, Hurt 4, Finnison 4, McKee 2, Owes 2, Cooper 2.



Warriors pull off upset, take down PC 15-7 in overtime

Southwestern head coach Jason Foley sends in a play to Xavier Streeter during a game earlier this season. On Friday night, Streeter hauled in a 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Blake Burton. The Warriors upset arch-rival Pulaski County last Friday, defeating the Maroons 15-7 in overtime.
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By DOUG EADS

It’s been called one of the most — if not the best — high school football rivalries in the state of Kentucky, and that was never more apparent than last Friday night.

Southwestern and Pulaski County added another historic chapter in this most compelling rivalry in a game that was an instant classic.

This one had a little bit of everything, but when the dust had settled, it was Jason Foley’s Southwestern team upending and upsetting homestanding Pulaski County by a final count of 15-7 in overtime.



This one turned out to be a defensive struggle, with both teams having their fair share of difficulties inside the red zone.

Southwestern drew first blood in this one, thanks to a 34-yard TD pass from quarterback Blake Burton to senior wide receiver Xavier Streeter on the first drive of the football game.

Devin Tolson would help PC fight back, scoring on a 5-yard run late in the first period tying this one up at 7-7, and that would be it for scoring in this one until overtime.

In that extra session, Tanner Wright’s 1-yard run on fourth and goal gave the Warriors a 13-7 lead, and Giddeon Brainard followed that up with a two-point conversion run for a 15-7 lead.

At that point, the Warrior ‘D’ stepped up, holding PC on downs on a fourth and goal pass from Kaleb Adams intended for Jake Sloan that fell to the ground.

At that point, a wild celebration ensued for a Southwestern team that improved to 4-5 on the year with the win, while PC had its seven-game winning streak snapped, as the Maroons fell to 7-2 on the year with the gut-wrenching defeat.

PC quarterback Drew Polston was knocked out of the contest late in the first half, but he completed 6-9 passes through the air for 74 yards before leaving the contest.

Adams led PC with 32 yards rushing on six attempts, while Grant Oaks — who also left the game with an injury — led the Maroons with 3 catches for 46 yards.



Meanwhile, the Warriors were led on the ground by Wright, who rushed for a game-high 96 yards on 13 carries and a TD, which turned out to be the game winner.

Burton meanwhile connected on 10-16 pass attempts through the air for 109 yards and a TD pass.

With the win, Southwestern closed the gap with Pulaski County in the all-time series, with the Maroons still holding a slim, 16-15 advantage over the Warriors in 31 games between the two.

The Warriors will close out the regular season on Friday night at home against Madison Central, while the Maroons will host Tates Creek in their regular season finale.

Both games are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m.

If you can’t make it to the PC–Tates creek game, tune in to LAKE 102.3 FM, as yours truly and Adam Bray will have the call, beginning with the pregame show at 7:15 p.m.



CU-Somerset takes down Union in scrimmage, 59-47

Al Gover is set to embark upon his second season as the head coach of the Campbellsville-Somerset Tigers. On Thursday night, the Tigers traveled to Union and knocked off the Bulldogs in a scrimmage, 59-47.
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By DOUG EADS

After beating and banging on one another all throughout the preseason, the Campbellsville-Somerset Tigers went on the road on Thursday night to Union College, to take on the Bulldogs in their one and only scrimmage of the preseason.

And, head coach Al Gover had to like what he saw from his team for the most part.

Sophomore guard Titus Ransom scored 13 of his team-high 15 points after the intermission, Keelan Kennedy chipped in with 12 points, and newcomer Deion Finnison added 11 points, as the Tigers prevailed in the scrimmage by a final score of 59-47.



The scrimmage — whittled down to only 10 minutes in the second half — gave the Tigers their first opportunity to go up against an opponent, and the CU-Somerset squad showed some positive glimpses of what is to come this season.

Gover and crew led this one 39-27 at the half, playing some pretty good basketball in the opening 20 minutes of play.

Both coaches agreed to trim the second half down to only a 10-minute period, and it was homestanding Union that looked to take control of the contest at that juncture.

The Bulldogs began the second frame with a 9-0 run, to re-take the lead over CU-Somerset 38-37, but that’s when Ransom and company went to work.

Somerset responded to that run by Union, and that was a key takeaway from the game for coach Gover — his team faced adversity, and answered that adversity with a big-time comeback of its own.

“Our guys really responded there after giving up the lead to start the second half, and I was very pleased with their effort,” stated Gover.

“When Union started making its run and began to put some pressure on us there to start the second half and got us down one, our kids responded and fought back and regained their composure,” added the Tigers coach. “We made a couple of big plays, got the lead back, and kept it, so I was really pleased with that.”

The Tigers — in their inaugural year of college basketball last season — began the year by dropping their first 13 games of the season, but responded big-time by going 8-6 over the last half of the 2018-’19 season.



Last season concluded with a third place finish in the Christian College National Invitational Basketball Tournament, and Gover and company will be looking to build upon that this season.

The Tigers open the season next week, and the first game out of the shoot is going to be a monumental task for the Tigers, as they will host Marian University out of Indianapolis.

Last season, the Knights went 28-8 on the year and advanced all the way to the Final Four of the NAIA National Basketball Tournament.

The Knights come into this season without their top three scorers from that Final Four squad from a year ago, but nonetheless, Gover says this is going to be a tough opener for his basketball team.

“It’s a tough opener for us, but you do need to play good people early to see where you are,” pointed out the Tigers head coach.

“Hopefully, we compete hard and we play hard, and we’re going in thinking we’re going to win the ballgame,” Gover added.

The CU-Somerset–Marian University game kicks off the Tigers season on Monday night, October 28th at Somerset Christian School beginning at 7:30 p.m.



Warriors, Maroons renew a great rivalry

Southwestern running back Chase Doan leads the Warriors with 634 yards rushing and seven TD’s this season. He is seen here running for a big gain in a game against South Laurel last week. On Friday night, Doan and the Warriors will face arch-rival Pulaski County — 7-1 on the season — on the Maroons home turf.
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By DOUG EADS

One of the best rivalries in the state of Kentucky in high school football renews on Friday night at PC Field, as the homestanding 7-1 Pulaski County Maroons will square off against arch-rival Southwestern.

The Warriors are 3-5 on the season, but are coming into tomorrow night’s contest with some much-needed momentum, coming off of last week’s 38-20 win over South Laurel.

This has been a great rivalry throughout the years, as PC has won 9 of the last 13 meetings, including last season’s win at Southwestern, and the regional title game at Pulaski County.



Thanks to those two wins by the Maroons last year, Pulaski County leads the all-time series over Southwestern by a 16-14 margin heading into this week’s game.

Warrior head coach Jason Foley — his first year as a head coach in this rivalry — says he knows ahead of time just how big a challenge Friday night’s game with Pulaski County is going to be for his team.

“Pulaski County has a very solid veteran and senior laden team,” stated Foley.

“They have had a good year up to this point, and they have won some tight games,” added the Warrior head coach. “Defensively, they are strong in the box with their ‘D’ line and linebackers leading the way. Offensively, their passing game is strong, with long, tall receivers that can make plays vertically and across the middle of the field as well.”

The Maroons have had the best in this series of late over Southwestern, knocking off the Warriors in regional championship games in 2014, 2016, and again last season in 2018.

In 2014, Southwestern defeated Pulaski County in the regular season, but the Maroons avenged that loss five weeks later in the regional title game on their way to a Class 5 A State Football Championship.

PC head coach Johnny Hines is 13-11 all-time as the Maroons head coach in this series, and he says when these two get together, one thing is for certain — throw the records out the proverbial window.

“Alabama and Auburn have ‘The Iron Bowl’, Michigan has Ohio State, USC has Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Texas have ‘The Red River War’, and the ‘Sunshine State’ has Florida verses Florida State,” pointed out coach Hines. “This game is all of that and more in south central Kentucky.”



“This game is always the game of the year,” Hines continued. “Southwestern is an immensely talented team, and they always are. The have great players and they will come over here on Friday night planning on winning this game. This is one of the greatest high school football rivalries around, and it’s been great to have been part of it for the past 25 years.”

Kickoff for the Pulaski County — Southwestern football game is slated to get underway from PC Field on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

If you can’t make it to the game, yours truly and Adam Bray will have all of the coverage on LAKE 102.3 FM, with our pregame coverage getting underway at 7:15 p.m.



The CU-Somerset Tigers



CU-Somerset Tigers hold Maroon and White night

Somerset Tigers forward Malik Lovan (2) goes in for a hoop over Deion Finnison (24) in Tuesday night’s annual Maroon and White night at Somerset Christian School. The CU-Somerset Tigers finished their inaugural season of collegiate basketball with a 8-19 record last year, but finished the year strong by going 8-6 over the second half of the season, while placing third in the Christian College National Invitational Tournament at the end of the season.
Photo by Lillie Pelphrey

By DOUG EADS

The Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers are coming into year number two as a collegiate basketball program with very lofty expectations and high aspirations.

And why not?

Al Gover’s club went 8-6 over the second half of last season — its inaugural year as a college basketball program — which included a third place finish at the end of the season in the Christian College National Invitational Basketball Tournament.



With several players returning, and a very good mix of incoming freshmen with an abundance of talent, the future looks very bright for CU-Somerset.

On Tuesday night, Gover and his team unveiled a glimpse of things to come for the upcoming season with CU-Somerset’s annual Maroon and White night at Somerset Christian School, and afterwards, the Tigers head coach came away very pleased with what he witnessed from his team.

“We’ve definitely got a lot of things that we need to work on, but I thought our kids played very hard in front of a crowd for the first time,” stated a very happy coach Gover.

“I thought we had a few jitters tonight, and I think some of the guys tried to do a little more than their capable of doing at times,” added the Tigers head coach. “For the most part though, I thought they played pretty well, especially offensively. Defensively, we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

The Tigers open the 2019-’20 college basketball season this coming Monday night, October 28th at 7:30 p.m. at Somerset Christian School, against a very good Marion University out of Indianapolis.

Gover says while he knows that game is going to be a very stern test out of the gate for his club, he can’t wait to get year number two underway for the upstart program.

“We’ve been beating on each other for awhile now, so we’re looking forward to getting a chance to beat on somebody else,” pointed out Gover.

“Marion’s coming in as a very highly touted team, so it’s going to be a very good home opener for us, and I hope to see a big crowd out here at Somerset Christian School next Monday night,” Gover added.



Tipoff for the Marion game is set for Monday night at 7:30 p.m.



Somerset falls at Lexington Christian 35-34

By DOUG EADS

For the first time of the 2019 high school football season, the Somerset Briar Jumpers tasted defeat last Friday night.

Playing on the road at Lexington Christian Academy, the top-ranked Jumpers lost in a heart-breaker, thanks to an LCA two-point conversion late in the game that gave the Eagles a one-point advantage — a lead that would wind up being the final score of the game in favor of LCA, 35-34 over Somerset.

For Somerset, it was the Briar Jumpers first loss of the season, as Robbie Lucas’ club fell to 7-1 on the year, dropping a very important district contest to the Eagles in heartbreaking fashion.



Quarterback Kaiya Sheron completed 10-18 passes through the air for 274 yards, with those two scores going to Kade Grundy and Carson Guthrie.

Grundy hauled in three catches in the loss for 89 yards and a TD, while Guthrie had two receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown.

On the ground, Cam Austin led the Somerset rushing attack with 61 yards on six attempts, while Jase Bruner ran for 59 yards on eight carries.

Somerset — 7-1 on the season — will return home on Friday night, taking on Washington County.

Kickoff for that contest is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m.