ARTHUR -- Week nine wasn’t just another week for Cumberland.

Coming into Friday night’s matchup against Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond, the 4-4 Pirates needed a win in order to have a shot at the postseason.

And with their 50-20 victory, they earned just that.

“It’s satisfying to get the win,” Cumberland coach Lucas Watkins said. “It gives us an opportunity, and that’s all we want. If we could go back and do some things differently the first three games of the season, we’d like to, but we can’t.

"All we can do is look forward. I’m proud of the kids for the way they’ve responded in the second half of the season.”

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The Pirates wasted no time in taking control.

After the Knights nearly missed picking up the opening kickoff, a high snap over the head of quarterback Marcus Vanausdoll was recovered by Tyler Smith, who was promptly tackled by Cumberland for a safety just 11 seconds in.

The Pirates then put together five straight carries before a 14-yard touchdown pass from Brody Donsbach to Ryan Yaw.

“We didn’t start out ready to go,” ALAH coach Dale Schuring said. “We didn’t pick up the kickoff and then we gave up the safety. I asked them if they wanted to be here, but after that I felt we finally made up our minds to play some football. We saw some things tonight that as coaches you wish you would have seen several weeks earlier."

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