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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Concord’s dominant defense held West Virginia Wesleyan to 199 passing yards and forced three turnovers, helping the Mountain Lions end their season with a 23-16 win over the Bob-cats on Saturday afternoon.
Concord (7-4, 6-2 in conference play) won five of its final six games and ended with its fourth straight winning season.
Interceptions by the cornerback tandem of Nate Pollard and Riyadh Richardson sparked the Concord defense. Pollard also blocked a field goal attempt while Richardson made two tackles for loss. Richardson’s pick was his fourth in as many games.
Jake Lilly tallied his seventh double-digit tackle effort of the year with 10 tackles. Senior Howard Jordan picked up Concord’s lone sack of the game, his fourth of the year.
Freshman Calvinaugh Jones rushed for 138 yards on 25 carries with a 22-yard touchdown for Concord. Ben Nester rushed for his team-leading seventh score of the season. Andy Ellington kicked three field goals, including the game’s final points with 12:13 left.
Senior quarterback Evin Dusold completed 20-of-35 pass attempts for 233 yards and leaves Concord with a record of 3-1 as a starting quarterback.
His top target against the Bobcats was senior wide receiver Ansel Ponder, who registered team-highs of nine receptions and 106 yards. Tyler Smith had four catches for 72 yards.
Nate Montana, quarterback for West Virginia Wesleyan (3-8, 2-6), entered the game as the conference’s leading passer, but he gained just 199 yards through the air Saturday. He threw touchdown passes in each half.
For the game, Concord outgained Wesleyan 372-275 in total offense, 233-199 in passing yards and 139-76 in rushing yards. CU’s defense ends the year having allowed just three players to rush for more than 100 yards against them.
The Maroon and Gray won the time of possession battle, holding the ball for 39:16.
Concord scored on three of four first-half possessions to take a 17-3 lead. Montana’s scoring toss to Justin Heinauer cut CU’s lead to 17-10 at halftime.
Montana threw an 11-yard touchdown to Nyquan McGirt, cutting Concord’s lead to 20-16 late in the third quarter, but the visitors’ defense held the Bobcats scoreless after that.
The Mountain Lions end the year in a three-way tie for second place in the WVIAC.