ATHENS — On a rainy Saturday afternoon at Concord’s Callaghan Stadium, the Mountain Lions overcame the weather and a powerful Glenville State offense to win both their home and Mountain East Conference opener 21-7.
CU (2-0, 1-0), after a defense-dominated first quarter, scored at the 10:46 mark of the second quarter as Thurlow Wilkins wrapped up a 10-play, 94-yard drive with a 26-yard run, making the score 7-0 (Mikey Lago kick).
The score went to 14-0 Mountain Lions in the third quarter when, with less than two minutes into the quarter, Wilkins ran for a 20-yard touchdown to make the score 14-0 (Lago kick).
GSU (1-1, 0-1) made the score 14-7 with a six-yard touchdown pass from MEC Offensive Player of the Week Jeff Miller to Zay Huff, wrapping up a six-play drive.
For the second week in a row, the Concord defense stepped up in the second half with the first instance being when defensive lineman Nathan Lease forced a fumble at the Concord 27-yard line, which was recovered by linebacker Ty Maust. The fumble was CU’s first of the year. The Mountain Lions got the final score of the game in the ensuing drive as quarterback Jack Mangel hit Jared Bowie with a four-yard scoring.pass.
The game was sealed when with 3:16 left in the game, defensive back Marcellus Saint intercepted a goal-line pass from Miller. From there, CU ran out the clock.
Concord was out gained on total offense 383-366 but had no turnovers.
Mangel went 19-37 for 181 yards with a touchdown. Wilkins ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns.
The offensive line kept Mangel upright and opened holes for the running game. Bowie had four catches for 52 yards and a score.
On defense, Maust had eight tackles and Saint 11 (10 solo). Dajor Davenport had 1.5 sacks.
Concord travels to Buckhannon to play West Virginia Wesleyan at Cebe Ross Field tomorrow. Game time is 2 p.m.
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