After a heartbreaking loss to Fairmont State a weekend prior, Concord football looked to redeem themselves in one of their biggest games of the season, Homecoming.
The week leading up to the Homecoming game was filled with events and activities, but Concord football players had to remain focused on bouncing back from the loss.
When Saturday October 9th rolled around, there was nothing else on their minds except West Liberty and it was just like any other game.
“The pressure definitely was there with it being Homecoming, but I prepared for it like I would any other game, I listened to Motley Crue, as I would before every game to get me in the zone.”Nathan Lease, Senior
His pregame tradition proved to be effective as he finished with three tackles and a sack in the fourth quarter.
Concord played an impressive well-rounded game and appeared to be very in sync offensively and defensively. They were able to hold West Liberty in the last drive to prevent a touchdown and the game ended 20-16 in favor of the Mountain Lions.
“The entire week in practice we practiced extra hard and with a chip on our shoulders after the loss to Fairmont State, I think all of that work and focus really paid off heading into the game against West Liberty.”Nathan Lease
Graduate student Matthew Maust finished the game with 4 tackles and mimicked Lease’s sentiments while adding:
“We needed that win, and we went out and worked hard for it, and I could not have asked for a better outcome.”Matthew Maust, Graduate
Homecoming was a major step for the Mountain Lions, but there is still a lot of work to be done and games to be played. Matthew Maust and Nathan Lease are far from satisfied with the win on the 9th and they each voiced what is next for them and their teammates this season.
“My goal for the remainder of the season is to become better men, teammates, and football players,”Matthew Maust
“If we work hard and continue to play like we have shown we can then there is no reason we should not win out this season, and that is the goal,”Nathan Lease
Concord’s football season is far from over and if you would like to see them in action their next home game is this Saturday, October 23rd.
If you hope to support them for the remainder of the season the link below is the schedule of home and away games.
by Nakaila Gray