|Concord Upends Bears In Season Opener|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Sunday, 08 September 2013 07:47|
The Concord University Football Team (1-0) took advantage of five Lenoir-Rhyne (0-1) lost fumbles en route to an 18-10 win over the Bears Saturday night in the 2013
season opener in front of 7,257 fans at Moretz Stadium. L-R came into the game ranked No. 23 in NCAA Division II.
Concord's Gary Saylor (New Market, Md.) scored the decisive touchdown in the third quarter after returning one of those fumbles for a score as the Mountain Lions defeated the Bears for the fourth time in the last five tries.
The touchdown gave Concord an 18-3 advantage as Lenoir-Rhyne was held out of the end zone until eight seconds remaining in the contest.
Junior running back Jarrod Spears (Bunnlevel, N.C.) was on the receiving end of a 19-yard reception from junior quarterback Miles Freeman (Sacramento, Calif.) for the Bears' lone touchdown of the contest.
Concord held an 11-0 advantage at halftime thanks to a 34-yard field from Andy Ellington (Scott Depot, W.Va.) and a 13-yard touchdown reception by Shaun Workinger (Greensboro, N.C.), both in the second quarter.
The Mountain Lions were led by quarterback Brian Novak (College Park, Md.) with 145 yards through the air and a score while Jake Lilly (Bluefield, W.Va.) finished with 13 tackles and four forced fumbles on defense.
Freeman led all rushers with 110 yards while passing for 83 yards and a score despite the loss. On defense, junior linebacker Tanner Botts (Lawrenceville, Ga.) led the way with 13 takedowns in the losing effort. L-R also limited Concord to just 258 yards of total offense in the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which rushed for 215 yards in the affair, also saw its 12-game home winning streak snapped. The Bears last lost to Mars Hill by a 24-20 score on October 9, 2010.
Lenoir-Rhyne faces Davidson in Davidson, N.C., next Saturday night at 7:00 p.m., while Concord hosts West Virginia State Saturday at 1:00 p.m., in its home opener in a Mountain East Conference contest.
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