Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

September 23, 2012

Concord collects road win at W.Va. State

INSTITUTE — The Concord University defense held West Virginia State to just 52 yards rushing Saturday, helping the Mountain Lions beat the Yellow Jackets 23-16 in Concord’s first road game of the season.

Concord (2-2, 1-1 WVIAC) snapped a two-game losing streak and beat State for the fourth straight year.

The Concord defense stopped State (1-3, 0-1) on both of its fourth-down attempts and recorded 11 tackles for a loss. Leading the way was Davon Marion, who made seven tackles and had a game-changing interception, his second pick of the season.

Howard Jordan finished with a team-high 11 tackles. Jake Lilly, Silas Agyeman and Gary Saylor each recorded a quarterback sack. Agyeman finished with 2 1/2 tackles for loss.

On offense, Concord quarterback Albert Rose and running back Calvinaugh Jones both performed well in their second collegiate starts.

Rose threw for 129 yards and two touchdowns, completing 11 of 17 passes, while rushing for 68 yards and another score. Jones carried the ball 18 times for 71 yards, and caught a 28-yard touchdown pass.

Tiko Henderson hauled in two catches for 49 yards and one touchdown. Ansel Ponder made a team-best three grabs for a net of 23 yards.

As a team the Mountain Lions were 4-for-4 on fourth-down conversions and also held a 162-52 advantage in yards rushing.

 The Yellow Jackets scored first, marching 75 yards on the opening drive of the game, capped by a touchdown throw by quarterback Ricky Phillips to Keionn Garrett.

Concord responded two drives later when Rose scrambled 32 yards into the end zone to tie the game at 7-7. Rose’s dash was the longest run by a CU player this season.

The Mountain Lion defense stiffened and held State scoreless for the remainder of the half. West Virginia State ended the half with just 15 yards rushing.

Late in the first half, Marion picked off a pass at the Concord 18 and returned it 58 yards to set the Concord offense up with 48 seconds left on the State 24.

Concord capitalized in four plays, as Jones took a Rose pass 28 yards for the score to give Concord a 14-7 lead at the half.

West Virginia State came out hot in the second half, scoring nine consecutive points to take a 16-14 lead.

However, Keith Ferguson blocked West Virginia State’s extra point attempt on its second score of the half. Riyahd Richardson picked up the blocked ball and returned it the length of the field to net Concord two points and tie the score at 16-16 with 4:43 to play in the third quarter.

It proved to be the turning point of the game. On the ensuing possession, Rose led a seven-play drive that resulted in another touchdown via a 44-yard catch-and-run by Henderson to give Concord the lead again, 23-16, with 1:25 to play in the third quarter.

The score was the first touchdown of Henderson’s career.

The Mountain Lions held West Virginia State scoreless in the fourth quarter with the icer being a fourth-down stand at the Concord 27 with under a minute to play in regulation.

Phillips completed 23 of 37 pass attempts for 262 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked twice.

Concord plays on the road again next weekend, with kickoff at Shepherd University scheduled for noon Saturday.

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