The Spiders kicked off the 2007 season before a boisterous crowd Friday night at Robert C. Bailey Stadium. Kickoff was delayed half an hour due to the excessive heat.
The teams spent most of the first quarter getting settled in. The first few series resulted in punts for both teams. Late in the 1st the Tigers went for a 4th down conversion in Spider territory. Tiger QB Tye Hill was stopped for no gain on a keeper. With no returning starter at quarterback Coach E.Z. Smith gave snaps to Ben Brill, Eric Brink, and Sean Willix before handing the reigns to senior Tony Moore. Moore would play the rest of the way. The quarter would end in a 0-0 tie.
In the 2nd quarter Moore set the Spiders up with an interception. Concord would capitalize with a field goal from Brandon Barnhardt out of the hold of Ben Brill. Later Mt. Pleasant would put together a solid drive highlighted by Hill's pass to Jason Talbert. Mt. Pleasant would later recover a Concord fumble and added a 32 yard field goal by Weston Brown. Mount would add another turnover on an interception to end the first half at 10-3.
The defenses controlled the 3rd quarter. Midway through the quarter Mount took advantage of a long pass play and added another field goal (30 yards) from the foot of Brown. Concord would later add a 45 yard touchdown run from Moore. Moore fumbled the snap, recovered his own fumble and scrambled through the Tiger defense for the score. Brandon Barnhardt would add the extra point.
Both defenses controlled the rest of the game. Jimmy Drye hauled in a 50 yard completion off of a tipped pass from Moore but the drive stalled in Mount territory. Mount controlled the ball much of the quarter behind the running of junior tailback Haywood Forte. Concord would have one final chance to score with less than two minutes to go. Tony Moore completed passes to Jimmy Drye and Jacquise Moore to set the Spiders up for a winning score. With seconds remaining Moore looked to the endzone for the winning score. His pass was picked off by Jacob Hunt to seal the win.
It was the first victory over the Spiders in 5 tries for Mount.
Concord will return to action next week as they travel to county rival J.M. Robinson.
Stats courtesy of Scott Dyer and Billy Lyerly.
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Concord's offense had some new components in the lineup Friday night as Dee Bost took over at QB and Roger Smith got his first start at tailback. Jimmy Drye who had started the Spider's first three games at QB moved to flanker.
The first half was a defensive struggle with the teams trading stops and turnovers. That changed with about 3 minutes left in the half as Roger Smith ran around left end for a 24 yard touchdown. The snap was high on the PAT attempt and kicker Chad Myers scooped up the ball but was stopped short.
Mt Pleasant moved the ball down the field on their next possession but Concord linebacker Calvin Hillie stepped in front of an Evan Seamore pass and returned it to the Mt. Pleasant 18 yard line.
Concord wasted no time putting another TD on the board as QB Dee Bost scored on a 4 yard keeper a few plays later. Concord went for 2 and was stopped short. Concord took a 12-0 lead into halftime.
Both defenses played well in the 3rd quarter, Concord's lone score in the period was a 29 yard Chad Myers field goal for a 15-0 Concord lead.
The 4th quarter saw more scoring as Dee Bost found Jimmy Drye for a 29 yard touchdown. Chad Myers' PAT was good bringing the tally to 22-0.
Concord's offense continued to move the ball in the 4th. Dee Bost threw to the endzone and WR Lance Lewis went up over two defenders for the TD catch.
On the ensuing kickoff Mt. Pleasant kick returner Daniel Beaver took Chad Myers kick and returned it 93 yards for the Tigers lone score.