PIKEVILLE, Ky. - Senior Joey Waters reached a couple more milestones, and sophomore Terence Pollock recorded over 100 yards rushing, but it wasn't enough as host Pikeville (Ky.) College handed Union College a 34-12 Mid-South Conference East defeat Saturday.
The loss extended the Bulldogs' losing skid to 10 games as they are now 0-4 overall and 0-2 in MSC East play, while the Bears improved to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in league play.
Waters (McDonough, Ga.) completed 23-of-43 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns, making him the first player in program history with 50 career scoring tosses. Also, he moved into second place on the all-time passing list with 5,729 career passing yards, overtaking Stanley Niece who amassed 5,524 passing yards. Waters needs 787 more yards to become the all-time leading passer. Lee Worley sits atop the list with 6,515 passing yards.
Pollock (Orange Park, Fla.) had his best day rushing the ball this season as he galloped for 127 yards on 23 carries.
However, it wasn't enough as Pikeville's defense bent but didn't break in posting the 22-point decision.
Union amassed more first downs than Pikeville with a 24-19 edge. And the Bears only outgained the Bulldogs 383-372 in total offense. Still, Union was unable to put points on the board in large part due to turnovers.
The Bulldogs fumbled the ball away three times and had two passes intercepted. Add to that the fact Union turned the ball over on downs twice, it resulted in a rough night offensively.
Union scored first when Waters hit Kyle Callahan (Covington, Ky.) on a 10-yard scoring play. The PAT was blocked, leaving it 6-0 with 7:46 to go in the first.
Pikeville's begin clicking in the second as it posted two scores to take a 14-6 lead into the half. Dan Wideman hit Demarc Anderson for two 16-yard scoring passes - the second one coming with 14 seconds to play in the second, to lift the Bears to the 14-6 advantage.
After a scoreless third quarter, Wideman found De'Von Joseph for a 22-yard strike to make it 21-6 with 9:53 to play. De'Rail Sims scored on a 1-yard plunge to extend the Bears' lead to 28-6 at the 6:32 mark.
The Bulldogs continued to show some fight as they covered 60 yards in four plays for their next score. Waters hit Rolondo Dyer (Lawrenceburg, Ga.) for a 40-yard scoring play to pull Union within 28-12 with 5:42 remaining. Once again, the PAT was blocked.
Pikeville sealed the victory when Brando Richards returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown with 52 seconds to play. The two-point conversion was no good, making the final 34-12.
Shawn Kelly (Owenton, Ky.) hauled in eight catches for 79 yards, while Callahan pulled in six for 53 yards and a score.
For Pikeville, Wideman completed 15-of-29 passes for 140 yards and three scores while rushing for 146 yards on 20 carries.
Union will now head to Shorter (Ga.) College next weekend for 1:30 p.m. kickoff.