BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Missed opportunities and big plays combined to put Union in a hole as visiting Faulkner (Ala.) posted a 59-20 decision on Saturday at Burch/Nau Field.
Union (0-2 overall) dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 35:49. However, Faulkner (3-0 overall) made the most of the time it had the ball as the Eagles clicked off 84 plays for 701 yards in total offense. Union ran 74 plays for 379.
The misfortunes began immediately after the Bulldogs scored the game's first touchdown. Leonard Dixon busted through the line and sprinted 45 yards for the end zone, putting Union up 7-0 with 9:40 leff in the first quarter.
Union attemped to catch Faulkner off guard and tried to execute an on-side kick. Veashawn Springs looked to have recovered the ball right at the Union 45-yard line. However, the officials ruled he touched the ball before it traveled 10 yards, giving Faulkner the ball at the 45. Four plays later, the Eagles scored when Josh Hollingsworth hooked up with Steve Dawson for a 23-yard pass play.
On their next possession, the Bulldogs went three-and-out before punting. Faulkner countered with a five-play, 66-yard drive to grab a 14-7 lead. Hollingsworth hit David Amos for a 35-yard scoring strike with 6:47 still to go in the first.
Hollingsworth added a 36-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Stevenson with 36 left in the opening quarter, giving the Eagles a 21-7 lead.
Alex Sigmon booted 26-yard field goal early in the second to pull Union within 21-10, but Hollingsworth added a 17-yard touchdown pass to Stevenson to send the Eagles into the half up 28-10.
Union had its chances in the opening half, but a couple of dropped passes in the end zone stalled a couple of drives, resulting in no point for the Bulldogs.
Faulkner's high powered offense picked up where it left off in the third quarter, scoring three touchdowns during the first eight-plus minutes for a 49-10 advantage. Demetre Baker accounted for two of the scores on runs of 71 and 53 yards. He finished with 160 yards on eight carries.
The Bulldogs accounted for the next 10 points thanks to a 77-yard pass to Tyler Ross and a Sigmon 30-yard field goal. Yet, the Eagles scored the final points of the game, sealing the 59-20 decision.
For Faulkner, Hollingworth finished the game going 22-of-33 for 275 yards and five touchdowns with an interception.
By the Numbers
Union will welcome Webber International (Fla.) to Burch/Nau Field on Saturday. Last year, the Bulldogs edged the Warriors 10-7. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m.
|Faulkner (Ala.) (3-0)||21||7||21||10||59|
|Union (Ky.) (0-2)||7||3||7||3||20|
|Faulkner (Ala.)||Indv. Leaders||Union (Ky.)|
|#33 Demetre Baker - 160||Rushing||#24 Leonard Dixon - 147|
|#14 J Hollingsworth - 275||Passing||#11 Chandler Whittlesey - 89|
|#8 A.J. Stevenson - 85||Receiving||#3 Tyler Ross - 86|
|Faulkner (Ala.)||Team Statistics||Union (Ky.)|