Both Concord and J.M. Robinson entered Friday night's contest looking for their first win of the season. The Bulldogs were not the only visitors at Robert C. Bailey Stadium Friday night. The remnants of tropical storm Hannah brushed the area providing some heavy rain showers in the first half.
In the 1st quarter the teams exchanged several punts until Robinson tailback Jason Hampton broke free for a 37 yard touchdown run to put the Bulldogs up 7-0. The defenses ruled the rest of the quarter. Concord's Darin Posey and Wesley Scott sacked Bulldog quarterback Robert Cloninger to end the 1st quarter. The defensive struggle continued in the 2nd quarter with both offenses stalling. Later Concord would put together a sustained drive capped by Roger Smith's 27 yard touchdown reception from Sean Willix. Brandon Barnhardt would add the extra point to tie the game at 7-7. Concord's Wesley Scott recovered a Robinson fumble on the next series and the half ended in a 7-7 tie.
The defenses would control the 2nd half as well. After a Concord punt Jason Hampton would strike again for the Bulldogs, this time covering 71 yards to put Robinson up 14-7. Concord answered with a drive of their own capped by Evan Carpenter's 45 yard TD catch. Barnhardt's extra point was wide right. Concord's defense started the 4th quarter with a big stop as Robinson went for a 4th and short conversion. The duo of Wesley Scott and Jalen Brown teamed up to stop the Robinson runner short of the first down. Down by one Concord methodically drove down the field. But a tipped pass was intercepted by Bulldog cornerback Zach Fandl.
With less than two minutes left and Robinson holding the ball all appeared lost but Concord's defense would come through again. On the first play after the turnover the Spiders forced a fumble recovered by Concord linebacker Bradley Phillips. Concord would run a few plays before a field goal attempt. The Bulldogs used their remaining timeouts to ice kicker Brandon Barnhardt but to no avail. Barnhardt's 22 yard field goal split the uprights to give Concord the lead with 2 seconds remaining. The kickoff return was stopped after a short gain.
Darin Posey led the Concord defense with 12 tackles, 2 sacks and an interception. Sean Willix finished 12-27 for 165 yards with 2 touchdowns and one interception. Roger Smith added 58 yards rushing and a touchdown reception.
Next week the Spiders open SPC play with a trip to Piedmont.
Click on read more for complete stats. Stats courtesy Billy Lyerly and Scott Dyer.
Concord traveled to Mt. Pleasant to open the 2008 season. After a hard fought first half Mt. Pleasant took control in the 2nd half to defeat Concord 42-27 Friday night.
After a slow start both teams got the offenses going late in the 1st quarter. Mt. Pleasant would strike first with QB Evan Seymour hitting Andrew Carroll for a 32 yard touchdown pass. The first quarter would end with Mt. Pleasant ahead 7-0.
In the 2nd quarter Concord would answer with a 30 yard touchdown from Sean Willix to Jared Nash. Brandon Barnhardt would add the extra point to tie the game at 7-7. On the ensuing possession Seymour would again connect with Carroll this time on a 47 yard touchdown strike. Later in the 2nd Concord would take the lead after a 10 yard touchdown run by Roger Smith. That drive was highlighted by a 43 yard pass to Will Cowan and a 4th down conversion by Roger Smith. Concord's defense would recover a Mt. Pleasant fumble to end the half with a 14-13 lead.
Mt. Pleasant would score on the opening drive of the 3rd quarter on Haywood Forte's 3 yard touchdown run to put the Tigers up 19-14. The Tiger's defense would hold the Spiders and the Tigers struck again as Dalton Brandon would add a 20 yard touchdown run to give Mt. Pleasant a 27-14 lead. The teams would exchange turnovers before Mt. Pleasant would add another score as Seymour would find Brandon on a 57 yard touchdown pass. Concord's offense could not convert and the Tigers would add another score to put the Tigers up 42-14.
Junior quarterback Jordan Havinga came on in relief in the 4th quarter. The Spiders would add a 2 yard touchdown run from Brandon Phillips. Later after a Mt. Pleasant fumble was recovered by Tevin Barnes Havinga would connect with Davion Waters on a short touchdown pass.
Willix finished 15-28 for 243 yards and 1 touchdown. Havinga would finish 4-8 for 64 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Phillips would lead the Spider rushers with 34 yards. Six different receivers would catch passes led by Will Cowan's 4 catches for 109 yards.
Concord will be in action next week as they host the J.M. Robinson Bulldogs at Robert C. Bailey Stadium.
Stats courtesy Scott Dyer and Billy Lyerly.
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|Marty Paxton||Head Coach|
|Brad Faw||Asst Coach|
|Ryan Crowder||Asst Coach|
|Ryan Milligan||Asst Coach|
|Jason Porter||Asst Coach|
|Preston Whitley||Asst Coach|
|Wendell Fisher||Asst Coach|
|Andre Reid||Asst Coach|
|Jermaine Reid||Asst Coach|
|Josh Yow||Asst Coach|
|Jeff Smith||Asst Coach|
|Dwyan Luckey||Asst Coach|
|2||Javian Cannady||6'0||150||DB / WR||11|
|3||Ikym Hall||6'0||150||DB / WR||12|
|7||Jo Jo Bond||5'11||170||SPIDER/QB||11|
|8||Cameron Sledge||5'11||168||DB / WR||11|
|9||Jarrad Presutti||5'10||130||DB / WR||12|
|10||Jourdan Heilig||6'2||200||LB / RB||12|
|12||Domo Brown||5'9||130||DB / WR||11|
|13||Khristian Buitrago||5'10||143||DB / WR||11|
|14||Jaden Smith||6'1||165||DB / WR||11|
|15||Travion Wilson||6'1||191||LB / RB||10|
|23||Nijel Robinson||5'11||153||DB / WR||11|
|33||Clint Bost||6'0||205||LB / OL||12|
|44||Kodi Ward||6'0||198||LB / TE||12|
|52||Solomon Giles||6'3||250||DL / OL||12|
|55||Anthony Flores||6'1||266||DL / OL||11|
|63||Deon Cooper||6'1||190||DL / OL||11|
|71||Peter Petroff||5'9||200||DL / OL||11|
|77||Jasper Boyce||5'10||245||DL / OL||11|
|89||Gavin Starnes||5'11||150||DB / WR / K||12|
|The Paxton File|
Worked an an assistant at Central Cabarrus before accepting an assistant coaching position at Mooresville.
Started football program at Hickory Ridge when school opened in 2007.
Returned to Mooresville as Head Coach in 2016.
Coach Paxton is married to Carrie Paxton and they have two children.
In a move anticipated by some in Spider Nation Marty Paxton was named head football coach at his alma mater.
Paxton returns to CHS after head coaching tenures at Hickory Ridge and Mooresville.
Paxton is a 1994 graduate of Concord and played for former Head Coaches Glen Padgett and E.Z. Smith.
|The Paxton File|
Concord High School Class of 1994
Worked an an assistant for Head Coach E.Z. Smith before accepting an Assistant Coaching Position at Mooresville.
Started football program at Hickory Ridge when school opened in 2007.
Took over Mooresville program in 2016.
L.J. Currie rushed for 312 yards to propel Concord past Phillip O. Berry Friday night at Cardinal Stadium. Currie's 312 total is the 3rd highest single game rushing total in Spider history. View records here.
Currie carved through the Cardinal defense for two scores in the first half. Currie ran every play on the first Spider drive and scored on a screen pass on the 2nd possession.
Berry answered with two quick strike touchdown passes to get within two points.
The Spiders spent much of the first half in Berry territory but two red zone turnovers and numerous penalties squashed their scoring chances.
Halftime adjustments proved to work for the Spiders.
Currie and the offensive line continued the rushing assault in the 2nd half.
The Spiders marched down the field to open the 3rd quarter. Jadon Bell plunged in on a 1 yard keeper to put the Spiders up 21-12.
Once again Berry hit the deep pass for another score.
Currie and the offensive line would add 2 more rushing scores in the 3rd to give the Spiders a bit of a cushion.
Zyion Boger picked off a Cardinal pass in the 4th.
Jourdan Heilig came on in relief of Currie late and added his own rushing touchdown from 49 yards.
After the game Currie was quick to credit his offensive line.
The Spider defense was led by Clint Bost Jr., Emmanual Arias, and Zyion Boger each had 4 stops. Boger added 2 interceptions. Sia Olomua and Louis Williams added sacks.
Friday night was the first meeting between the schools.
|L J Currie||5||36||312||3|
|L J Currie||5||1||20||1|
|PLAYER||#||TACKLES||ASSIST||FOR LOSS||SACK||RECOVERY||RET. YDS.||INT.||RET. YDS.||DEF.||KICK|
|1||Preston Morgan||22||Denzel Phillips||58||Michael Pearson|
|2||Jermaine Reid||23||Craig Bailes||59||Austin Chasteen|
|3||Eli Bost||24||Tres Giles||60||A.J. James|
|4||Jason Willix||25||Michael Delargy||61||Kyle Franklin|
|5||Taj Williams||30||Robbie Pigott||62||Trevor Truesdale|
|6||Varen Blake||31||Jared Allison||63||Jonathan Furr|
|7||Nathaniel Smith||32||William James||64||Carlos Medlin|
|9||Taylor Nolte||33||Omar Meza||65||Stephon Francis|
|10||Jahlial (JD) Misenheimer||35||Justin Harris||66||Zach Whitten|
|11||Jalen Ferguson||42||Adrian McWilliams||67||Jackie Hillie|
|12||Kenji Martin||50||Alex Salado||70||Del Drye|
|13||Ben Kelnhofer||51||Ethan Bean||71||Hakeem Singletary|
|14||Desmond Shamsid-Deen||52||Curtis Wise||72||Cody Hammel|
|15||Eddie Melo||54||Hunter White||77||Dylan Kluttz|
|16||Dariane Myers||55||Jacob Gadd||78||D.J. McMullen-Eury|
|18||Zach Lewis||56||Max Tirk|
|19||Devin Leech||57||Austin Everhardt|