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September 17, 2012

Rotary Bowl trophy goes to University of Charleston

PRINCETON — A rough week for the Concord Mountain Lions came to a painful close Saturday, as they lost the WVIAC opener against the University of Charleston Golden Eagles, 17-14, at Callaghan Stadium.

The Mountain Lions (1-2, 0-1) entered the week with more than one-third of their starting lineup out due to injury, with the biggest blow coming Thursday with the announcement that senior quarterback Zach Grossi’s career was ended by injuries suffered in a car wreck earlier in the week.

The day’s scoring began on the first Golden Eagle offensive possession, as Charleston place-kicker Puma Nuredini ended a seven-play, 60-yard drive with a 32-yard field goal to make the score 3-0 UC with 11:49 left in the first quarter. The big play in the scoring drive occurred when Charleston back-up quarterback John Knox hit Jordan Roberts with a 58-yard pass on third-and-six on the fourth play of the drive.

Charleston (3-0, 1-0) made it 10-0 (Nuredini kick) on their first drive of the second quarter, a drive which started when UC’s Isaiah Gibson intercepted an Albert Rose pass in the end zone. Ten plays and 80 yards later, Roberts rushed in for the five-yard score with 6:25 left in the half. The drive saw a 10-yard rush by Roberts on fourth-and-one, a Knox 46-yard rush and a Knox pass completion to Ryan Foster for 17 yards as key plays.

Concord responded with an 11-play, 80-yard drive of their own, which culminated in a nine-yard Rose scoring run with 1:23 left in the half to make the score 10-7 UC (Andy Ellington kick). Key plays on the drive saw freshman Calvinaugh Jones, in his first game since becoming eligible, rush for 32 and 10 yards and Rose hit back-up receiver Tyler Smith for 16 yards.

Concord went up 14-10 with 2:51 left in the third quarter as PikeView High School alumnus Ben Nester ran up the middle of the line for a four-yard rushing score (Ellington kick). The eight-play, 45-yard drive saw Rose hit Deron Williams with a 10-yard pass, and a Rose to Tiko Henderson 17-yard pass as key plays.

The final score of the game saw Gibson and Jeff Green of UC combine on defense, Gibson with a blind-side sack which forced a Rose fumble recovered by Green who ran it in 11 yards for the 17-14 score (Nuredini kick) with 8:17 left in the game.

From there, several Concord drives faltered before time ran out.

Charleston was led by Knox in both rushing and passing, with him rushing for 93 yards in 16 carries and going 13-21 for 162 yards passing. Roberts had five catches for 77 yards.. Green, Justin Avery and Gibson had six tackles apiece, with Green having six solo tackles, including four sacks and Avery and Gibson having five solos each.

Concord was led by Jones with 111 yards in 22 carries rushing. Rose went 16 for 27 passing for 137 yards and an interception. Andrew Linder caught three passes for 19 yards, wile Henderson led in receiving yardage with 25 yards from two catches. Jake Lilly had 15 tackles, eight solo, with 2.5 for loss. As a team, Concord held advantages over Charleston in first downs, 18-11; time of possession, 31:10 – 28:50; and third down conversions, 7-3). Concord will hit the road for its first away contest of the season Saturday at West Virginia State. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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