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October 13, 2013

Concord can’t catch up in 22-10 loss at Urbana

URBANA, Ohio — Concord fell behind 15-0 and could not recover, losing 22-10 to Urbana University Saturday.

The loss is just Concord’s second in its last nine games dating back to the 2012 season.

The Blue Knights scored the game’s first 15 points before the Mountain Lions (4-2, 3-1 Mountain East Conference) stormed back with 10 unanswered points in the third quarter. Urbana was able to withstand the Concord surge and added a touchdown in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

Concord was led by sophomore running back Calvinaugh Jones and sophomore defensive lineman Tre Preston. Jones ran for 94 yards and one touchdown on 32 attempts, while Preston made a career-high 10 tackles, including three for loss and one sack.

Senior safety Davon Marion had five tackles and intercepted his second pass in three games to give himself a team-best three picks on the season.

Senior linebacker Jake Lilly and senior safety Josh Clark added nine and seven tackles, respectively, while sophomore defensive lineman Ervin Moore made his team-leading third sack of the year. Senior cornerback Riyahd Richardson also broke up two passes.

Sophomore defensive lineman Anthony Pyle, junior defensive lineman Keith Ferguson and junior defensive back DeShon Marman all added one tackle for loss.

Urbana set the tone for the day with a 75-yard touchdown pass on its first play from scrimmage to put the Blue Knights up 6-0. The Concord defense regrouped to hold Urbana scoreless until the Knights (4-2, 4-1) converted a 44-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter to take a 9-0 advantage into halftime.

The Nights stretched their lead to 15-0 early in the third period after being pinned down at their own 2-yard line by CU sophomore punter Andrew Huska. Quarterback D.J. Mendenhall connected with Marc Johnson for a 98-yard touchdown.

Concord fought back over the remainder of the third quarter, starting with an 11-play, 45-yard drive midway through the period that ended with a successful 39-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Andy Ellington.

Marion intercepted a Mendenhall pass on the ensuing possession, giving the Mountain Lions’ possession at the Urbana 25. Three plays later, Jones broke free to sprint 23 yards into the end zone for his fourth touchdown in the last three games to make it a 15-10 game with four minutes to play in the third quarter.

However, Concord was unable to finish any of its final four drives of the game with points, and Urbana added an insurance touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Urbana was led by Mendenhall, who was 22-of-38 for 387 yards and three touchdowns. The Blue Knights held a 490-196 advantage in total offense.

The Mountain Lions will look to return to their winning ways when they host West Virginia Wesleyan next Saturday. Kickoff at Callaghan Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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