ATHENS — What do you call a game in which both offenses combine for 1,158 yards and combined for 89 points?
By most standards, including those who were at Callaghan Stadium Saturday to see Concord play its final game of the 2010 football season in hopes of seeing the Mountain Lions possibly get their first NCAA Division II playoff berth if things went their way, it was a shoot-out, albeit a disappointing one. Concord fell to the visiting West Liberty Hilltoppers, 56-33.
It also, despite the presence of record-breaking Hilltoppers senior quarterback Zach Amedro, turned into an offensive showcase for Amedro’s teammate Kevon Calhoun, who rushed for over 250 yards and had five touchdowns on the day.
The day started with a bang as an attempted lateral by West Liberty returner Ryan Travis went out of bounds at the WL 19-yard-line, Three plays and 81 yards later, Calhoun ran 64 yards for a score, making it 7-0 (Mike Blewitt kick) Hilltoppers with 14:06 left in the first quarter.
Concord wasted little time in responding as Zach Grossi hit senior receiver Nathan Tanner, playing in his last game along with six of his teammates, with a 10-yard touchdown pass to male the score 7-6 (a two-point play attempt failed) with 12:14 left in the quarter. The score ended a six-play, 38-yard drive set up by Concord grabbing an attempted on-side kick.
A Grossi fumble recovered by Jayson Keyser of WL at the Concord 49-yard line set up the next scoring drive. Three plays, plus a personal foul penalty against Concord, and 49 yards later, Calhoun ran for his second score, a 10-yard run, to make the score 14-6 WL (Blewitt kick) with 10:53 left in the first.
After stopping Concord on downs, the Hilltoppers went on their longest scoring drive of the day in terms of plays, a 15-play, 67-yard drive which ended with Amedro hitting Jermaine Carter with a two-yard touchdown pass to make the score 21-6 WL (Blewitt kick) with 2:48 left in the first quarter.
Concord’s Andrew Gondor returned the ensuing kickoff 38 yards to set up the next scoring drive, an 11-play, 57-yard drive which culminated in Chris Rodriquez’ one-yard scoring run with 13:03 left in the first half to make the score 21-13 (Brandon Strupp kick).
The lead was cut to one point, 21-20 (Strupp kick) at the 2:32 point of the second quarter as Grossi ended a six-play, 73-yard drive with a one-yard plunge.
Concord took its only lead of the game on the opening drive of the third quarter as Brian Kennedy ended a 16-play, 82-yard drive with a one-yard run, making the score 27-21 Concord (Strupp kick) with 10:01 left.
Calhoun’s third score of the day, a three-yard run, made the score 28-27 WL (Blewitt kick) one minute (9:01) later. The play ended a three-play, 68-yard drive and started an uninterrupted 21-point scoring run by West Liberty.
Calhoun again took the ball for a score, his fourth of the day, to end the longest scoring drive for WL in terms of yardage, an 11-play, 82-yard one, as he ran it in from 10 yards out, to make the score 35-27 (Blewitt kick) with 3:08 left in the third quarter.
West Liberty’s next scoring drive was a quick one, set up by a Deron Taylor interception of a Grossi pass. Two plays and 88 yards later, Calhoun ran for his fifth and final score of the day, a 73-yarder, to make the score 42-27 WL (Blewitt kick) with 13:37 left in the game.
Amedro used his legs, not his arm, for the next West Liberty score, as he ended a six-play, 76-yard drive, with a one-yard run with 7:21 left in the game to make the score 49-27 WL (Blewitt kick).
Concord made it 49-33 (two-point conversion failed) with 4:44 left as Grossi hit Thomas Mayo with a three-yard touchdown pass to end a 13-play, 55-yard drive.
The final scoring of the day started with the Hilltoppers recovering an onside kick at the Concord 25-yard line. Five plays later, Amedro hit Travis with a nine-yard scoring pass to make the score 56-33 (Blewitt kick) with 1:59 left.
West Liberty (7-3, 6-2) was led by Amedro who went 34 for 51 for 356 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Calhoun rushed for 258 yards on 22 carries with five touchdowns. Travis caught 12 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown while Carter caught nine passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. Calhoun had 300 total yards (24 receiving and 18 in kick returns). Alec Wood had 11 tackles, eight solo, while Clay Beeler had 10 tackles, six solo.
Concord (8-3, 6-3) was led by Grossi who went 30 for 53 for 359 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Kennedy rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown in 33 attempts and caught 10 passes for 103 yards. Mayo had eight catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. Kennedy had 274 total yards (32 kick returns). Nate Pollard had 12 tackles, seven solo.
2010 was CU’s first eight-win season since 1991. Saturday was Senior Day at Callaghan. It was the final game in maroon and gray for Josh Arrington, Jared Brown, Thomas Hearons, Bryan Roof, Chris Shatley, Tanner and Justin Williams. Cheerleaders Angela Booth, Mandy Griffith and Megan Holcomb and band drum major Justin Patton were also honored as seniors.