By JEFF HARVEY for the Princeton Times ATHENS — Concord University’s 10th and final football game of the 2021 season Saturday followed their season-long pattern of close games as they defeated Mountain East Conference opponent UNC-PEMBROKE 28-25 at Callaghan Stadium in a game in which victory was sealed by a defensive play. Concord (4-6, 4-6) opened up the afternoon’s scoring with a six-play, 18-yard drive wrapped up by Jack Mangel’s one-yard plunge into the end zone, making the score 7-0 CU. The drive was set up by a fumble forced by Rashon Lusane and recovered by Jordan Jones. The Mountain Lions’ defense set up another touchdown as Lusane tipped a pass which was intercepted by Jonathan Roebuck. Seven plays and 47 yards later, Kevon Young-Warren ran for an eight-yard score making it 14-0 Concord. The first UNCP score was set up by a 52-yard kickoff return by Devon Jones. Seven plays and 47 yards later, Josh Jones hit Trey Dixon on an eight-yard touchdown pass, making the score 14-7 CU. The game was tied 14-14 as Josh Jones ended a 16-play, 75-yard drive by hitting C.J. Davis with a 17-yard touchdown pass. The first drive of the third quarter saw the first and only lead by the Braves as Alex Alvarado wrapped up a seven-play, 45-yard drive with a 30-yard field goal. Concord quickly responded with their own scoring drive, an 11-play, 80-yard one which ended with a Mangel 21-yard touchdown pass to Tywan Pearce to make the score 21-17 Concord. Towards the end of the third quarter, following a blocked punt and recovery by J.T. Turner, Mangel and Pearce again connected on a touchdown pass, this one an eight-yarder, to make the score 28-17 CU. The Braves’ final score for the day saw Joseph Early culminate a 10-play, 85-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run followed by a two-point conversion to make the score 28-25 CU. The last attempt to score by UNCP was stopped by a fumble forced by Noah Overstreet and recovered by Jordan Jones. UNC-Pembroke was led by Josh Jones with 360 yards passing with 25 completions in 45 attempts with two touchdowns and an interception. He also had 49 yards rushing. Dixon caught six passes for 98 yards and an touchdown. John Jones had 13 tackles, nine solo. Concord was led by Mangel with 209 yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Young-Warren had 49 yards rushing with a touchdown. Pearce had 86 yards receiving with two touchdowns. Lusane had 13 tackles, nine solo. Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com.

ATHENS-Concord University’s 10th and final football game of the 2021 season Saturday followed their season-long pattern of close games as they defeated Mountain East Conference opponent UNC-PEMBROKE 28-25 at Callaghan Stadium in a game in which victory was sealed by a defensive play.

Concord (4-6, 4-6) opened up the afternoon’s scoring with a six-play, 18-yard drive wrapped up by Jack Mangel’s one-yard plunge into the end zone, making the score 7-0 CU. The drive was set up by a fumble forced by Rashon Lusane and recovered by Jordan Jones.

The Mountain Lions’ defense set up another touchdown as Lusane tipped a pass which was intercepted by Jonathan Roebuck. Seven plays and 47 yards later, Kevon Young-Warren ran for an eight-yard score making it 14-0 Concord.

The first UNCP score was set up by a 52-yard kickoff return by Devon Jones. Seven plays and 47 yards later, Josh Jones hit Trey Dixon on an eight-yard touchdown pass, making the score 14-7 CU.

The game was tied 14-14 as Josh Jones ended a 16-play, 75-yard drive by hitting C.J. Davis with a 17-yard touchdown pass.

The first drive of the third quarter saw the first and only lead by the Braves as Alex Alvarado wrapped up a seven-play, 45-yard drive with a 30-yard field goal.

Concord quickly responded with their own scoring drive, an 11-play, 80-yard one which ended with a Mangel 21-yard touchdown pass to Tywan Pearce to make the score 21-17 Concord.

Towards the end of the third quarter, following a blocked punt and recovery by J.T. Turner, Mangel and Pearce again connected on a touchdown pass, this one an eight-yarder, to make the score 28-17 CU.

The Braves’ final score for the day saw Joseph Early culminate a 10-play, 85-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run followed by a two-point conversion to make the score 28-25 CU.

The last attempt to score by UNCP was stopped by a fumble forced by Noah Overstreet and recovered by Jordan Jones.

UNC-Pembroke was led by Josh Jones with 360 yards passing with 25 completions in 45 attempts with two touchdowns and an interception. He also had 49 yards rushing. Dixon caught six passes for 98 yards and an touchdown. John Jones had 13 tackles, nine solo.

Concord was led by Mangel with 209 yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Young-Warren had 49 yards rushing with a touchdown. Pearce had 86 yards receiving with two touchdowns. Lusane had 13 tackles, nine solo.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com.

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