The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

September 28, 2013

Defense again leads Concord in win at West Liberty

WEST LIBERTY — The Concord University football team forced three turnovers, including an interception return for a touchdown by senior safety Josh Clark, while sophomore running back Calvinaugh Jones rushed for a career-long 45-yard touchdown to lead the Mountain Lions over West Liberty 20-3 Saturday afternoon.

Concord (3-1, 2-0) rebounded from last week’s loss at Bowie State to stay perfect in Mountain East Conference competition.

The Mountain Lions had the advantage in time of possession (45:23-29:37), total yards (260-198), rushing yards (133-52), first downs (14-11) and forced turnovers (3-1).

The Mountain Lion defense has now held opponents to 10 points or less in five of its last seven games dating back to 2012.

Jones led the Concord offensive attack with 132 yards on 32 rushes. The 100-yard game was the fifth of Jones’ career while his 32 attempts were a career-high.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Brian Novak completed 12 of 18 passes for 127 yards and and was intercepted once. Sophomore Ryan Stewart caught three passes for 44 yards while junior Darrick Williams hauled in four receptions for 35 yards.

Concord’s stout defense was paced by Clark’s 32-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Mountain Lions generated two other turnovers — an interception by Davon Marion and a fumble recovery from Keith Ferguson after Clark forced the loose ball.

Bluefield product Jake Lilly made a team-high eight tackles, Riyahd Richardson broke up three passes and Anthony Pyle picked up his second sack in as many weeks.

Sophomore Andy Ellington connected on two field goal attempts of 48 and 42 yards. Ellington’s 48-yarder, which capped off the first drive of the game, was the longest by a Concord kicker since the Mountain Lions moved to NCAA Division II.

His second field goal increased the lead to 6-0.

The Hilltoppers (2-2, 1-1)  scored their only points of the game with a Bryan Arbes field goal from 21 yards out to make it a 6-3 game with 9:39 to play in the half.

Concord will look to maintain its perfect MEC record at home on Saturday against Fairmont State. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

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