Football Bobcats lose in the final minute for the second straight week


ATHENS – It happened to the West Virginia Wesleyan football team – again!

For the second straight week, the Bobcats dropped a game in the final minute of the game.

Last week, the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets scored with 11 seconds remaining to steal a win for the Bobcats, this week, it was Concord’s turn to grab a late win.

With 1:01 remaining in the game, Concord scored to escape with a 28-24 win in a Mountain East Conference game Saturday at Callaghan Stadium.

With Wesleyan leading 24-21, Concord took over the ball at their own 25-yard line with 6:48 remaining in the game.

In almost a perfect drive for Concord, they chewed up 5:47 on the clock with a 12-play drive that ended with a 17-yard pass from Kyle Akin to Caeleb Bass for a touchdown.

Luke Walls was good with his point-after kick to give Concord a 28-24 advantage with 1:01 left in the game.

Wesleyan took over at their own 25-yard line following a touchback on the kick-off and moved the ball all the way to the Concord 13-yard line, but Jarrett Northrop’s pass to Dana Young on the final play of the game fell incomplete when it was swatted away by Concord linebacker Tylen Fowler.

The loss was especially frustrating for the ‘Cats as they outgained Concord by a 503-245 margin.

The setback dropped Wesleyan to 1-8 overall and 1-7 in the MEC.

Concord won their first game of the season as they improved to 1-8 overall and 1-7 in the MEC.

Wesleyan wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard after forcing a punt on Concord’s first drive.

The Bobcats took over the ball at their own 42-yard line following an 11-yard punt.

It took them just seven plays to go the 58 yards for the score when Jarrett Northrop called his own number and scrambled 13 yards for the score with 10:24 left in the first quarter.

Michael Susman was good on the point-after kick as the Bobcats took a 7-0 lead.

Concord tied the game midway through the second quarter when Joshua Maxwell ran it in from three yards out for the first Mt. Lion score.

Luke Walls made the point-after kick as Concord tied the game at 7-7 with 5:36 remaining in the half.

Wesleyan took the ensuing kick-off and set up shop at their own 20-yard line.

The moved the ball to the Concord six-yard line, but had to settle for a Susman 24-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining in the half.

Wesleyan took a 10-7 lead into the half.

The Bobcats fumbled the ball away on their first possession of the second half with Concord recovering at the Wesleyan 32-yard line.

Three plays later, Kyle Akin ran it in from 16 yards out for the score.

Walls’ kick was good as Concord took their first lead, at 14-10, with just 1:08 ticked off the third-quarter clock.

Wesleyan came right back with a score on their next drive to grab the lead back.

The ‘Cats went 65 yards in nine plays on a drive that took 4:59 off the clock.

Kord Jenkins capped off the drive with an 18-yard run.

Susman was true on his kick as Wesleyan took a 17-14 advantage

It was a short-lived lead for Wesleyan as Tywan Pearce took the kick-off back 82 yards for Concord to the Wesleyan 13-yard line.

One play later, Maxwell scored his second touchdown of the game with a 13-yard run.

Walls was again good on his kick as Concord grabbed a 21-17 lead with 8:10 left in the third quarter.

Still trailing by four in the fourth quarter, Wesleyan received a huge break when they were forced to punt the ball away, but Concord’s Michael McNeal fumbled it away and Kobe Vinegar recovered for Wesleyan at their own 45-yard line with 9:04 left in the game.

The ‘Cats went 55 yards in just three plays when Jenkins ended the drive with a 40-yard rush.

Susman was good with his kick as Wesleyan closed it to 24-21 with 6:48 left.

That is when Concord went on their game-winning drive.

Wesleyan gained 121 yards on the ground and 382 through the air.

Jenkins led the ground game with 69 yards on five totes while Shaq Freeman Parks had 43 yards on 11 carries.

Northrop had his best day of the season as far as passing yards completing 32 of his 46 passes for 382 yards.

Devin Taylor was his favorite target with 10 catches for 113 yards.

Wesleyan will return home this Saturday as they host West Liberty at 1 p.m.

It will be Senior Day for the Bobcats.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan  7  3  7  7 – 24

Concord                        0  7  14  7 – 28

West Virginia Wesleyan – Jarrett Northrop, 13-yard run (Michael Susman kick).

Concord – Joshua Maxwell, 3-yard run (Luke Walls kick).

West Virginia Wesleyan – Susman, 24-yard field goal.

Concord – Kyle Akin, 16-yard run (Walls kick).

West Virginia Wesleyan —Kord Jenkins, 18-yard run (Susman kick).

Concord – Maxwell, 13-yard run (Walls kick).

West Virginia Wesleyan – Jenkins, 40-yard run (Susman kick).

Concord – Caeleb Bass, 17-yard pass from Akin (Walls kick).

TEAM STATISTICS

First downs – West Virginia Wesleyan: 26 (9 rushing, 14 passing, 3 penalty); Concord: 15 (7 rushing, 7 passing, 1 penalty).

Rushing yards – West Virginia Wesleyan: 27-121; Concord: 29-112.

Passing yards – West Virginia Wesleyan: 382; Concord: 133.

Total yards – West Virginia Wesleyan: 503; Concord: 245.

Passes – West Virginia Wesleyan: 32-47-1; Concord: 14-23-0.

Penalties – West Virginia Wesleyan: 18-146; Concord: 7-64.

Punts – West Virginia Wesleyan 2-40.5; Concord: 6-36.2.

Fumbles – West Virginia Wesleyan 3; Concord: 2.

Fumbles lost – West Virginia Wesleyan: 3; Concord: 1.

Time of Possession – West Virginia Wesleyan: 33:43; Concord: 26:17.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing

West Virginia Wesleyan – Kord Jenkins 5-69 (2 touchdowns); Shaq Freeman-Parks 11-43; Lawrence Brown 3-8; Jarrett Northrop 8-1 (1 touchdown). Totals 27-121 (3 touchdowns).

Concord – Kyle Akin 14-62 (1 touchdown); Joshua Maxwell 11-34 (2 touchdowns); Brandon Plyler 1-11; Tywan Pearce 1-5; Matt Shearer 1-4; team 1-(-4). Totals 29-112 (3 touchdowns).

Passing

West Virginia Wesleyan – Northrop 32-for-46 for 382 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception.

Concord – Akin 14-for-21 for 133 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions; Shearer 0-for-2 for 0 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions. Totals 14-for-23 for 133 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions.

Receiving

West Virginia Wesleyan – Devin Tayor 10-113; Derek Drapen 6-88; Kenny Lewis Jr. 4-76; Brown 5-55; Dana Young 3-38 Treshawn Luton 1-8; Freeman-Parks 2-6; Jenkins 1-(-2). Totals 32-382.

Concord –Pearce 7-64; Plyer 3-34; Caeleb Bass 2-28 (1 touchdown); Elijah Butz 1-4; Maxwell 1-3. Totals 14-133 (1 touchdown).

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