BUCKHANNON — For the first time in 504 days, the Concord University Mountain Lions football team took the field Saturday to play and they made it count, defeating the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats 52-14 at Cebe Ross Field.
Concord (1-0) opened the day’s scoring as quarterback Jack Mangel, en-route to tying a CU record with five touchdown passes in a game, hit Jarod Bowie with an 18-yard touchdown pass to culminate their opening drive 7-0 with the go ahead kick by Luke Walls. The drive took six plays and 40 yards. The score occurred at 10:17 in the first quarter. Mangel tossed five touchdowns on the afternoon to tie a program record, becoming the first quarterback to pass for five scores since Brian Novak had five touchdowns at West Virginia State November 2016. It was the sixth time in program history a five-touchdown passing game has occurred.
The Mountain Lions went up 14-0 on an one-yard Dillon Howie run wrapping up a four-play, 17-yard drive with 1:41 left in the quarter. The scoring drive was set up by an interception by Marcellus Saint.
A muffed kickoff by the Bobcats set up the third CU score as Mangel wrapped up a 4-play, 31-yard drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Tywan Pearce to make it 21-0 with 14:52 left in the half.
Wesleyan (0-2) got on the board with 9:38 left in the half as Josh Stewart wrapped up a nine-play, 65-yard drive by hitting Kenny Lewis, Jr., with a five-yard touchdown pass (Joshua Erb kick) to make the score 21-7.
Concord responded on their next possession as Mangel hit Teddy Russell with a 15-yard pass to make the score 28-7 (Walls kick) with 8:20 left in the half. The drive took four plays and 45 yards.
The score went to 35-7 with 3:20 left in the half as Mangel hit Bowie with a seven-yard pass to culminate an eight-play, 82-yard drive.
The second half’s scoring started at the 12:28 point of the third quarter as Walls hit a 27-yard field goal to make the score 38-7 to wrap up a seven-plus, 42-yard drive.
The Bobcats made it 38-14 on their next play from scrimmage as Stewart hit Lewis with a 59-yard score at the 12;11 mark in the third quarter.
CU made it 45-14 (Walls kick) with 11:17 left as Mangel hit Pearce with a 60-yard scoring pass.
The day’s scoring ended as Daruis Smith made it 52-14 (Walls kick) with a 59-yard run with 13:27 left in the game.
Stewart had two touchdown passes and an interception, passing for 118 yards for Wesleyan. Lewis, Jr., had three receptions, two for scores, for a 78 yards.
Unfortunately, according to a Concord press release on Tuesday, the football team announced the cancellation of its two remaining spring football games.
“Due to COVID-19 protocols at Concord University, CU’s final two scheduled contests for the 2021 spring football season have been canceled,” the athletic department released Tuesday night. “The virus ultimately dictated that we could not move forward. We are very hopeful that by fall we can return to a level of normalcy.”
No postponed or canceled games will be made up this spring.