Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

September 3, 2012

Two Concordians claim football honors

WVIAC singles out Marion, Ellington as players of week

PRINCETON — Two Concord University football athletes earned West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors Monday for their standout performances in the Mountain Lions’ 24-21 win over Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday night.

Sophomore safety Davon Marion was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week and freshman kicker Andy Ellington was selected as the WVIAC’s Special Teams Player of the Week.

Marion’s first game in more than a year was a big one. The sophomore safety helped shift the momentum to Concord’s side in the Mountain Lions’ comeback-win over Lenoir-Rhyne. With Concord trailing LRU 21-0 late in the second quarter, Marion forced a fumble, recovered the ball and proceeded to take it back for a touchdown to cut the LRU lead to just two scores.

LRU was never the same after Marion’s big play as the Concord defense stepped up to hold the LRU offense scoreless for the remainder of the game and the CU offense produced 17 second-half points in Concord’s 24-21 win. Marion sealed the win up with an interception on Lenoir-Rhyne’s final drive of the game. Marion finished the game with 10 tackles, two of which were for a loss.

Ellington, in his first collegiate game, connected on a 41-yard field goal attempt, in the rain, to put Concord up 24-21 with 11:14 to play in the fourth quarter. It was the third longest field goal by Concord since 2003. He was a perfect 3-for-3 in extra point attempts.

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