West Virginia State 16
INSTITUTE, W. Va. - Concord recorded a 23-16 win at West Virginia State Saturday afternoon, picking up its first WVIAC victory of the season.
Ricky Phillips got things going when he connected with Keionn Garrett for a 22-yard touchdown strike, giving the Yellow Jackets a 7-0 lead. The Mountain Lions knotted the contest with just 36 seconds remaining in the period when Albert Rose scampered 32 yards for the score.
CU took the lead late in the first half when Rose hit Calvinaugh Jones for a 28-yard touchdown pass.
With 8:58 to play in the third quarter, Sean Hayton drilled a 35-yard field goal for the home team, bringing the score to 14-10.
The Yellow Jackets struck for a touchdown four minutes later when Phillips bulled his way into the end-zone from two yards out, making it 16-14. The extra point was blocked by the Mountain Lions and Riyahd Richardson picked it up and returned the ball 98 yards for the score and the two points, tying it at 16.
With just 1:31 to play in the third quarter, Rose found Tiko Henderson for a 44-yard touchdown. Andy Ellington's extra point capped off the scoring.
Shepherd 16, Charleston 10
CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Shepherd needed a comeback but produced a 16-10 victory over Charleston Saturday afternoon in a tightly contested WVIAC match-up.
The Rams trailed 10-0 in the second quarter before rallying for 16 straight points and the win.
Puma Nuredini blasted a 22-yard field goal with 39 ticks remaining in the first quarter, giving UC a 3-0 advantage. Maurice Leak then found Shaq Williams for a 27-yard score with 9:48 to play before halftime.
SU battled back, pulling within three just before intermission when Keon Robinson intercepted a pass and returned it for a 48-yard touchdown.
In the second half, the Rams took the lead when Jihad Rasheed bolted into the end-zone from six yards out. The score was 14-10 in favor of the visitors and remained the same until SU was awarded a safety with 12:21 to play in the game.
UC had a chance to win on its last drive, but a last second pass from John Knox to Shaq Williams was incomplete.
West Virginia Wesleyan 41, Seton Hill 17
BUCKHANNON, W. Va. - West Virginia Wesleyan picked up its first win of the season with a 41-17 victory over visiting Seton Hill Saturday afternoon.
The Griffins took an 8-0 lead with 4:45 to play in the first quarter when Ryan Morris connected with Niko Hall-Brown for a 23-yard touchdown strike. Josh Cavalier ran it in for the 8-0 margin.
The Bobcats fought back for a 21-8 lead by scoring three touchdowns in the second quarter. Jonas Celian picked up a fumble and rumbled into the end-zone. The extra point cut the deficit to 8-7.
Nate Montana hit Nyme Manns for a six-yard touchdown with 6:41 to play before halftime, giving the Bobcats a 14-8 advantage with the extra point. The home squad made it 21-8 when Montana completed a pass to Manns for another touchdown with 23 seconds to play before half. However, SHU cut the deficit to 10 when Cavalier booted 35-yard field goal as time expired to make it 21-11 at the break.
The Griffins made it 21-17 when Morris connected with Hall-Brown for a 19-yard touchdown pass. The ensuing conversion attempt failed.
WVWC would score 20 unanswered points to close the scoring. Montana fired in his third touchdown pass of the game when he hit Chase Blackwell from three yards out with 3:26 to play in the game.
Kasper Bernild connected on two fourth-quarter field goals (23 yards and 42 yards) before Montana and Blackwell hooked up again for another touchdown with 4:26 to play to complete the scoring.
Fairmont State 25,
West Liberty 20
FAIRMONT, W. Va. - Fairmont State needed a touchdown in the final minutes to secure a 25-20 victory over visiting West Liberty Saturday.
The Falcons soared to an early 19-0 lead in the game. FSU's Johnny Dearstine converted a 36-yard field goal with 4:22 left on the clock in the opening quarter. A safety two minutes later gave the Falcons a 5-0 lead.
In the second period, Bobby Vega hit Chris St. Hilaire for a 13-yard score with 14:12 left to play. Matt Wilmer's touchdown reception at the 10:25 mark gave the Falcons a 19-0 advantage.
However, the Hilltoppers' quick strike offense went to work. L.D. Crow's one-yard rush made it 19-6 with 6:37 to play in the half. Isiah Moody's two-yard run made it a 19-13 contest with 28 ticks before intermission.
WLU took the lead just 1:16 into the third quarter when Jovontae Johnson scooped up the ball and returned the fumble 22 yards for a touchdown.
The score remained the same until Vega connected for his third touchdown pass of the game. This time, he found Charaun Goodwin for an 83-yard strike on the Falcons' first play of the drive.
The Hilltoppers had a chance, driving to the 34-yard line before three straight incompletions gave the home team the ball back with 36 seconds in the game.