Concord opened the season Friday night taking on former SPC foe Hickory Ridge in Harrisburg. Concord had won the 4 previous meetings but the Bulls grabbed a firm hold on Friday's contest early on.
Bulls senior quarterback Dylan Ratliff ran around left end 70 yards for a touchdown less than a minute into the contest. After a Spider punt Ratliff connected with Jarett Garner on a 27 yard touchdown pass.
Down 16-0, Spider quarterback Jadon Bell and a strong running game got the Spiders back into the contest.
Concord defeated Hickory Ridge 31-14 Friday night on a rainy night at Robert C. Bailey Stadium.
Things started poorly for Concord as Dominique Posey fumbled the opening kickoff and the Ragin' Bulls recovered. The Bulls took advantage of the short field quickly as QB Brett Lilly found WR Martin Murrell for a 28 yard touchdown. Return problems would continue for Concord as the Bulls would recover another Posey fumble on the ensuing kickoff. However Concord's defense would hold and force a Hickory Ridge punt. Concord would be forced to punt on the possession but the snap sailed over punter Brandon Barnhardt's head. After the turnover Concord's defense would hold as the Bull's field goal attempt sailed wide left. After a blocked Concord punt Hickory Ridge jumped out to a 14-0 lead after Chase Stout's 3 yard run.
In the 2nd quarter Concord's offense would get going. QB Antonio Moore would scramble 25 yards for the Spiders first score. Concord defender Norman Young would recover a fumble on the next possession. A few plays later Antonio Moore would find Jimmy Drye on a 13 yard touchdown pass. Later Roger Smith would add a 33 yard touchdown run. Later facing a 4th down at midfield the Spiders faked a punt with Ben Brill finding Dominique Posey who advanced the ball deep into Ragin' Bull territory. Brandon Barnhardt would add a 37 yard field goal to put the Spider's up 24-14 at the half.
As the second half began Roger Smith picked up where he left off in the first half adding another score this time covering 17 yards. The defense and sloppy weather would control the rest of the game. With a storm approaching the game was called with 4:16 remaining after officials spoke with both head coaches.
The ground game would carry the Spiders on a wet night. Roger Smith rushed for 241 yards and QB Antonio Moore would add nearly 100 yards.
Stats courtesy Scott Dyer and Billy Lyerly.