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Zion Barnette tries to break free after catching a pass during a home loss late last month. Concord will try to break free of the slump against Alderson-Broaddus on the road on Saturday

ATHENS — Coming off another narrow loss in Mountain East Conference play, the Concord University Mountain Lions prepare to face off against MEC newcomer Alderson-Broaddus tomorrow in their last road game of the season.

The schools are former WVIAC rivals who have never faced off in football before. The Battlers started playing football in 2012.

As for his team’s progress this season, CU head coach Dave Walker said, “I think we’ve made a lot of progress this year but we have a lot of work still to be done.”

In the game against Wheeling Saturday, he said, the defense performed well, the offense struggled and the special teams were inconsistent.

He added,”Zion Barnette had a good game and I’m happy for him. He’d really struggled as a defensive back but had the offensive skills to be a good receiver. As he gains more experience, he should be even better. “

As for AB, which is 1-8 overall and 1-7 in the MEC, Walker said,”We have to play a complete game which has been a challenge to us. (Quarterback Jaylen) McNair is a good quarterback with much experience.”

He concluded by saying, “Our goal is just to get better every day in the execution of our game plan. We have to prepare against Alderson-Broaddus the same way we prepare against any other opponent.”

Game time tomorrow at Multi-Sport Performance Stadium is 2 p.m.

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

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