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November 8, 2012

Mountain Lions defeat Highlanders 21-3

PRINCETON — ATHENS — The Concord Mountain Lions’ defense has been the strongest of the team’s three units this year, and Saturday’s game at Callaghan Stadium proved no different, as the Mountain Lions defeated the West Liberty Highlanders, 21-3, on Senior Day.

The Mountain Lions (6-4, 5-2) opened the game with their longest drive this year in terms of total plays (18), which went 69 yards, aided by a Hilltopper personal foul on fourth down which negated a Concord punt and returned the ball to Concord’s possession. The drive saw quarterback Evin Dusold, in his last home game, hit Tyler Smith with a 13-yard touchdown pass to make the score 7-0 Concord (Andy Ellington kick) with 5:22 left the game in the first quarter. Dusold hit Derrick Williams with an 11-yard pass on fourth down and 11 and Calvinaugh Jones with an eight-yard pass on third and eight to keep the drive alive.

The Mountain Lions made it 13-0 (kick failed) with 9:22 left in the first half as PikeView High School alumnus Ben Nester ran it in from four yards out. The eight-play, 43-yard drive saw Dusold connect with fellow senior Randall Hawkins for a 16-yard pass and two West Liberty penalties that led to first downs.

The second of what turned out to be four interceptions by the Mountain Lions, this one by senior defensive lineman Mike Hodeib, set up the third scoring opportunity for the Mountain Lions. Six plays and 17 yards later, Ellington hit a 40-yard field goal with 4:38 left in the half, making the score 16-0.

After a scoreless third quarter, West Liberty got on the clock as kicker Jeff Hoak hit a 48-yard field  goal, making the score 16-3 Concord, after a five-play, 17-yard drive, with 10:50 left in the game.

The Concord defense scored with 4:58 left in the game as Will Greathouse sacked Hilltopper quarterback L.D. Crow in the end zone to make the score 18-3 on the ensuing safety.

The final scoring in the game came on the next drive as Concord, aided by a penalty on the kickoff, ended a four-play, three-yard drive with a 44-yard field goal by Ellington, with 3:54 left in the game.

Concord was led by Jones with 47 yards rush on 16 attempts. Dusold went 19 for 37 in passing attempts for 174 yards and one touchdown. Hawkins had four catches for 38 yards. Jake Lilly had 11 tackles, seven solo.

West Liberty (5-5, 4-4) was led by Isaiah Moody who had 73 yards in 14 rushing attempts. Crow went 9 for 22 passing for 66 yards with two interceptions. Branson Schroeder caught six passes for 26 yards. Kyle Augustin had nine tackles, two for loss, including a sack.

Concord ends its regular season at West Virginia Wesleyan tomorrow. Game time is 1 p.m.

— Contact Jeff Harvey at delimartman@yahoo.com

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