Concord senior running back Kris Copeland plots his trajectory down the field in preparation for the season opener against Emory & Henry.

Concord’s senior running back and kick returner Kris Copeland landed Special Teams Player of the Week accolades from the Mountain East Conference.

On specials teams, Copeland had 165 kick return yards, including a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the opening half, and a 43-yard return that set up Concord’s first score of the game. He also rushed for Concord’s go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.

EMORY, VA. — In his comments before the game between Concord University and Emory & Henry, ÇU Head Coach Dave Walker said his team had to learn to hold onto leads late in the game.

On Saturday, at Fred Self Stadium, the Mountain Lions first rallied from a 17-7 second quarter deficit and outscored the Wasps 20-3 over the remainder of the game then held on for a 27-20 victory.

After getting down by the 17-7 deficit which resulted after a bad snap on a punt was recovered by the Wasps in the end zone, CU running back Kris Copeland took the resulting kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown with 4:15 left in the first half to make the score 17-14.

After forcing an E&H punt with 1:54 left in the half, the Mountain Lions went into the two-minute drill which concluded successfully when quarterback Jack Mangel hit receiver Jarod Bowie with a 25-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds left to make the score 20-17 at halftime.

CU was tested defensively midway through the third quarter when E &H got deep in their zone. The defensive stand proved successful when Ty Maust and Phillip Russell stopped running back Grayson Overstreet on fourth-and-goal.

The Wasps managed to tie the game 20-20 as they connected on a 22-yard field goal with 2:26 left in the third quarter.

The Mountain Lions immediately responded with a 62-yard five-minute drive which resulted with a Copeland one-yard touchdown to make the score 27-20 CU. The run was set up by a 17-yard pass from Mangel to Bowie on third-and-11.

The Concord defense held for the rest of the game with the last Emory & Henry drive stopped on downs.

Mangel passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns, one each to Bowie and Cayden Chambers (40 yards).

Bowie caught six passes for 92 yards and a score.

Copeland had 221 all-purpose yards with two scores including the first CU score on a kickoff since 2014.

On defense, Maust had 10 tackles, Tylen Fowler seven, two for loss and Dajor Davenport had five, three for loss including a sack. The defense held the Wasps to 227 yards total.

CU (1-0) opens both their home and Mountain East Conference schedule against Glenville State Saturday at Callaghan Stadium. Game time is 1 p.m.

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