Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Led by a defense that forced three turnovers and produced a gutty goal-line stand in overtime, the Concord University football team won its second consecutive game with a 9-3 victory over Charleston, Saturday in Mountain East Conference competition.
Concord forced overtime thanks to a 39-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter by Andy Ellington. After neither team was able to score to open overtime, Calvinaugh Jones gave the Mountain Lions a 9-3 lead on their second series off of a 12-yard touchdown run.
CU missed the ensuing extra point and it appeared as if the Golden Eagles were going to march into the end zone for the game-tying touchdown on their next possession after moving the ball down to the three-yard line to set up a first and goal situation.
However, the Mountain Lions' defense kept Charleston from crossing the goal line on three straight plays with UC's third-down try resulting in a fumble that backed the home team up to the Concord 11-yard line for fourth down. Charleston quarterback Maurice Leak's desperation pass fell incomplete after a break-up by Gary Saylor.
The win improves Concord's record to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the MEC. The Mountain Lions are now assured of finishing the year with a winning record for the fifth consecutive season. Saturday's victory was the first overtime game Concord has played in since 2009's 52-45 win over Lenoir-Rhyne.
Charleston drops to 4-4 overall and 4-2 in league play.
There are now just three teams remaining in the MEC with one loss or less in Concord, Shepherd (7-0, 6-0 MEC) and Urbana (6-2, 6-1 MEC).
A trio of CU defenders all finished with at least 10 tackles. Jake Lilly led the way with 12 stops while Ervin Moore and Saylor recorded 10 tackles each.
Riyahd Richardson recovered two fumbles and forced another. Mike Carey and Tre Preston forced fumbles as well.
Josh Clark, Keith Ferguson andDarryl Johnson all chipped in nine tackles.
The Mountain Lions' offense was paced by Jones, who once again crossed the 100-yard threshold with 104 yards on 30 carries and the game-winning touchdown. Jones now has four 100-yard rushing games this year. Junior Ben Nester, who took snaps at quarterback for CU, ran for 56 yards on 13 attempts.
Concord will look to extend its winning streak to three games next week when it returns to Callaghan Stadium to host UVa.-Wise. Kickoff is scheduled for 1p.m.