Staff, wire reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
GREENSBURG, Pa. —
Down by 13 points on the road, the Concord University Mountain Lions mounted a dramatic comeback and defeated the winless Seton Hill Griffins 29-26 on Saturday afternoon in a West Virginia Conference football matchup.
Evin Dusold, a senior making his first appearance at Concord quarterback this season, threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Mountain Lions (4-3, 3-2 in conference play).
Dusold, who came on in relief of starting quarterback Albert Rose at the end of the first quarter, was nearly perfect, going 17 for 20.
Senior wide receiver Ansel Ponder caught four passes for 79 yards and one touchdown.
Fellow senior wideout Randall Hawkins, who entered the game leading the WVIAC in receptions per game, snagged six passes for 44 yards. Freshman wide receiver Darrick Williams caught two passes, including a 10-yard touchdown.
Aiding CU’s passing attack was freshman running back Calvinaugh Jones, who eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the third time this season, gaining 123 yards on 26 attempts and scoring his first collegiate touchdown.
Sophomore fullback Ben Nester scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season.
Seton Hill (0-7, 0-5) led 13-0 after the first period and 26-14 early in the third quarter before Concord’s comeback. Quarterback Andrew Jackson connected with receiver Mike Allen for two scores, and threw for four touchdowns and 265 yards in all.
Midway through the second quarter, Jones took the handoff and burst through a hole for a 16-yard score. An Andy Ellington extra point made it a 13-7 game.
The Griffins’ leading tackler for the season, Tyler Zimmer, recovered a Concord fumble that led to a 31-yard touchdown pass to give Seton Hill a 20-7 lead with 5:01 left in the first half.
Concord’s 10-play scoring drive closed out the half. The Mountain Lions reached the two yard line and called a time out with two seconds remaining. Nester was able to get the score on the final play, making it a 20-14 contest after two quarters.
The third quarter saw both teams trade scores, Seton Hill by way of a 10-yard pass to Allen and Concord’s coming off of an eight-yard reception from Ponder. At the start of the fourth quarter, Concord trailed 26-21.
The Mountain Lions marched 72 yards in 10 plays with Williams hauling in a 10-yard pass from Dusold to score the go-ahead touchdown, followed by a two-point conversion. The drive featured Jones running for 25 yards and Dusold going 4-for-4 for 49 yards.
Seton Hill was able to drive down to the Concord 35 on the ensuing drive before Lilly stopped SHU running back Tavin Davis at the line of scrimmage on fourth down to seal the Mountain Lion victory.
The Mountain Lions registered nine tackles for a loss and a season-high three sacks.
Leading the defensive effort was senior safety Nate Pollard, who made a team-best 12 tackles. Junior linebacker Jake Lilly, the WVIAC’s second-leading tackler, made nine stops including two TFLs.
Freshman linebacker Ervin Moore notched two sacks. Senior safety Kevin Elliott picked off his third pass in as many games and fourth of the season.
Concord has outscored its opponents 77-51 in the second half of games this season.
The Mountain Lions will travel to Lynchburg, Va., next weekend to take on Liberty University in a non-conference game. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.