Joyner, Cummings each have four-game TD streaks in college
Former high school teammates Brandon Joyner and Josh Cummings of Fairbanks are performing their own version of ‘Anything you can do (I can do better)’ on the college gridiron.
Both players have scored touchdowns in four straight games, with Joyner doing it as wide receiver at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and Cummings as a running back at Western Colorado University.
They regularly check on each other’s stats and relive the memories of each game afterwards.
“We have a group chat and send our links for our games and wish each other luck before every game,” said Joyner, a 2016 West Valley grad. “Then later on we talk about it on Xbox.”
Joyner and Cummings have a lot to say as each player has constructed the longest scoring streak of his career.
“I’m really happy that the both of us have been having success,” said Cummings, a 2017 West Valley grad. “I consider him a brother.”
It’s one thing for a player to score in four straight games as a quarterback, who always has the ball in his hands. It’s another to do it as a receiver or back, who have to wait for their number to be called.
Joyner dialed up touchdown catches of 80 yards against Bluefield State and 71 yards against Norfolk State. He then had a 21-yarder against Winston-Salem State and a 30-yarder against Livingstone.
During the four-game stretch, the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder nicknamed ‘Bones’ combined for 10 receptions, 248 yards and 4 touchdowns.
“It feels great to keep scoring,” Joyner said. “It feels even better when my scores help us get wins.”
Elizabeth City started 0-3 before posting back-to-back wins for the first time since 2017. Both wins came in tight games (19-13 and 19-14), so Joyner’s touchdowns have been difference makers.
“I’m definitely taking advantage of all the opportunities I get,” he said. “When my number is called, I make sure I make that play.”
Joyner’s favorite touchdown came on the 21-yarder he hauled in against Winston-Salem when he made an over-the-shoulder catch in the corner of the end zone.
“The DB was talking mess all game and it was 4th-and-goal from the 21,” Joyner said. “We don’t have a kicker so we had to go for it and coach called my number.
“I don’t think my concentration has ever been like that on a play. That score put us up two scores with eight minutes left and it was essentially the nail in the coffin.”
Cummings has really hammered opposing defenses over the last four games, taking his game to another level with a career-best 5.5 yards per carry average.
In the last four games he has gained 442 yards and scored 7 TDs. That’s a full season for some guys.
Cummings has scored on runs of 1, 1, 4, 5, 7, 30 and 47 yards.
He has averaged 111 yards per game during this four-game stretch and three times scored two touchdowns in a game.
Cummings piled up 154 yards and 2 TDs against Adams State and 124 yards and 2 TDs against Western New Mexico.
He also had 78 yards and 2 TDs against Fort Lewis and 86 yards and 1 TD against Colorado School of Mines.
“I am so proud of Josh,” Joyner said. “We talked about this before the season, about this being our breakout campaigns and I think we are delivering.”