Football 'Cats Come Up Just Short Against Concord, 20-17

Football 'Cats Come Up Just Short Against Concord, 20-17

BUCKHANNON – Senior tailback Michael Anderson had a career day on the ground for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats has he compiled 237 yards on 34 carries against the Concord Mt. Lions today in a Mountain East Conference clash at Cebe Ross Field.

Unfortunately for the Bobcats, his efforts were not enough to lead Wesleyan to a victory as they dropped another close one at home – losing a 20-17 decision.

It didn't take Concord long to find the end zone as they scored just 45 second into the game.

A 58-yard opening kick-off return gave Concord the ball at the Wesleyan 38-yard line.

A first down run by Ethan Richardson netted four yards and then Brian Novak hit Brandon Plyler for a 34-yard scoring strike.

Zack Keaton's kick was good as Concord took a 7-0 lead.

Wesleyan countered when Zach Schademan hauled in a 19-yard pass from Ryan Deal with 6:09 left it in the first quarter.

The score capped a five-play, 59-yard drive.

Tyler Fischer's point-after kick was good as the game was tied at 7-7.

Concord scored on the first play of the second quarter as Plyler hauled in a nine-yard reception from Novak to go up 13-7.

Keaton's kick went wide right as Concord kept their 13-7 advantage.

Wesleyan moved the ball all the way down to the Concord five on their next possession, but the 'Cats had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Fischer at the 8:59 mark of the second quarter.

That made it a 13-10 game, and that score would stand at the intermission.

That score would remain into the fourth quarter following a scoreless third quarter.

Following a Concord punt, Wesleyan set up shop at their own 34.

On second down, Deal completed a 16-yard pass to Schademan that put the ball at the 50-yard line.

Deal connected on two passes for nine yards but threw an incompletion on a third-and-one situation.

Head coach Del Smith elected to go for it on a fourth-and-one at the Concord 41 and the move paid off as Anderson took the hand-off and scampered 37 yards over the left tackle to the Mountain Lion four-yard line.

After a Wesleyan time-out, Deal floated a beautiful pass to the right back corner of the end zone where Ian Waddell ran underneath of it for the score.

Fischer's point-after try was good as Wesleyan took a 17-13 lead with 12:31 showing on the fourth-quarter clock.

After the two teams traded punts, Concord went 90 yards on 10 plays for their go-ahead score when Paul Jones went over a Wesleyan defender for a touchdown catch in the right corner of the end zone.

Keaton's kick was good as Concord took at 20-17 advantage.

The big play for Concord was a 44-yard pass play to Jermeil Douse.

Wesleyan moved the ball down to the Concord 45-yard line on their next possession, but a fourth-and-two pass came up short for Wesleyan as they turned the ball back over to the Mountain Lions with 1:22 left in the game.

The Bobcats had one more drive as they took over the ball at their own eight-yard line with 13 seconds remaining, but they turned the ball over on an interception on the first play.

Wesleyan outgained Concord by a 396-305 margin collecting 278 yards on the ground and 118 through the air.

Anderson caught two passes for 10 yards as he ended his day with 247 total yards.

Deal finished the game completing 15 of his 29 passes for 118 yards and two scores.

Schademan was the top receiver for Wesleyan as he caught three passes for 38 yards and one score.

Concord improved to 2-2 on the season and 2-2 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 1-3 overall and 1-3 in the MEC.

The Bobcats will return to action this Thursday night in the MEC Game of the Week as they travel to West Liberty for a conference game with the Hilltoppers.

Kick-off is slated for 7:10 p.m.

Pictured: Wayne Mathews intercepts a pass for the Bobcats.

(Photo courtesy of Brian Bergstrom/The Record Delta.