Oct. 31, 2012 — A dominant defensive effort dotted the Kentucky Christian football team's 22-10 road victory over the University of Pikeville at the W.C. Hambley Athletics Complex.
The Knights' stingy defense held Pikeville to only 108 yards of total offense (158 passing and -50 rushing) to secure the program's first winning season and the first four-game winning streak in school history. The victory moved KCU to 6-3 over (3-1 in the Mid-South Conference). The Bears dropped to 3-6 overall (1-3 in Mid-South).
KCU kept the Pikeville offense from getting into any rhythm all game while the offense rolled up 349 yards, mostly by sophomore quarterback Cole Cooper who accounted for 102 yards through the air and one passing touchdown and 99 yards on the ground and a rushing score.
Freshman running back Demone Belmarez posted a breakout day with 112 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in his first extended time in the Knights' backfield since earlier this season.
Cooper scampered for a seven-yard touchdown in the first quarter to open the scoring. After a Pikeville field goal, Cooper dialed up another lucky seven, this time a seven-yard strike to senior TE Rance Hughes to put the Knights up 14-3 at halftime.
KCU shut down Pikeville over the first 30 minutes of the game, limiting the Bears to only five yards on 23 offensive plays.
The Knights' defense got offensive in the third quarter, thanks to a safety by sophomore linebacker Ken Reichle to extend the KCU lead to 16-3.
The Bears made it a game in the fourth with a two-yard run by backup quarterback Jared Harris to close the deficit to 16-10. KCU rallied with a five-play, 75-yard scoring drive, capped by a 29-yard scoring burst by Belmarez, to make it 22-10. The two-point conversion failed, but it was not needed to carry the Knights to the program-setting record win and keep the team in the hunt for the NCCAA Victory Bowl.
Reichle led the KCU defensive effort with five tackles, including 3.5 for losses and 1.5 sacks. The sophomore-filled secondary was also very active as three different Knights picked off Harris, including Michael Ritter, Jr., Jermichael Williams and Joshua Cobb.
Next up is Senior Day, for a home meeting against the University of the Cumberlands on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Kickoff from KCU Stadium is slated for 1:30 p.m.