Crusaders fall in offensive showdown at Concord
Saturday, November 5, 2005
Crusaders fall in offensive showdown at Concord

ATHENS, WV- The North Greenville Crusaders and the Concord Mountain Lions put on an offensive showcase Saturday at Callaghan Stadium. The two teams combined for 71 points and 947 yards. Crusader running back Travis Mosley rushed for 211 yards and 4 touchdowns on 40 carries, while Concord quarterback Ryan Pimentel threw for 470 yards and 5 touchdowns to four different receivers en route to a 37-34 Concord victory.

The Crusaders came out running. Freshman Matt Moore returned the opening kickoff 47 yards to the North Greenville 49-yard line. From there, senior running back Travis Mosley took over. Mosley rushed four times for 41 yards on the drive, capped by a 2-yard touchdown run. Adrian Escalona added the PAT to give the Crusaders an early 7-0 lead with 13:13 remaining in the first quarter.

North Greenville's defense came out and quickly forced a Concord fumble. Chad Castor, who is second in NCAA Division II in forced fumbles, recovered the fumble, but sprained his right ankle on the play. He would return in the third quarter. The Crusaders, however, could not convert a 4th and nine, and the Mountain Lions took over on downs. Concord drove the ball down the field, but the Mountain Lions fumbled a toss sweep to the right and Isaac Tate recovered the ball. After the two teams exchanged punts, the Crusader offense once again went to the ground. Mosley scored on a 5-yard run to cap a 9-play, 85-yard drive. Escalona's PAT made the score 14-0 with 14:46 left in the second quarter. Mosley went over 100 yards rushing on the touchdown run.

The Mountain Lions would be forced to punt on their next possession. North Greenville could not take advantage, however, as Escalona missed a 27-yard field goal wide right. Josh Williams would then make a great defensive play, forcing the third Concord fumble of the day. Sheldon Patton recovered the fumble. Once again, however, the Crusaders did not capitalize on the turnover. As Mosley made his way towards the goal line, a Mountain Lion defender forced a fumble and recovered the ball on the 1-yard line.

Not discouraged after three fumbles and a 14 point deficit, the Mountain Lions mounted a comeback. The Mountain Lion offense proceeded to drive 99-yards using a balanced running and passing attack. Ryan Pimentel found Kelvon Yancey in the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown to cap a 10-play, 99-yard drive. After a missed PAT attempt, North Greenville held a 14-6 lead with 3:20 remaining in the first half. Then, the Concord defense forced North Greenville to punt, and the Mountain Lions took over on the 38-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Pimentel threw a swing pass to Torrince Ruth, who went 38 yards for the touchdown. Matt Baker's PAT made the score 14-13 with 1:20 remaining in the first half.

That would not be enough for the Mountain Lions. They would regain possession after a Crusader punt with 0:28 remaining in the half. Four plays later, Baker hit a 28-yard field goal to give Concord a 16-14 halftime lead.

Concord continued their scoring spree in the second half. On their second possession of the third quarter, Pimentel hooked up with Yancey for a 24-yard touchdown pass to cap an 8-play, 59-yard drive. Baker's PAT gave the Mountain Lions a 23-14 lead with 6:02 remaining in the third quarter. North Greenville responded by going 35 yards on a 7-play drive led by Zack Kay, in at quarterback for the injured Eric Moeller, who went down with a hip pointer, but returned in the fourth quarter. Travis Mosley capped off the drive with a 9-yard run and his third touchdown of the day. Escalona's PAT would cut Concord's lead to 23-21 with 2:58 left in the third quarter.

The Mountain Lions answered quickly when Pimentel found LeBryan Patterson for a 53-yard touchdown pass to cap a 5-play, 74-yard drive. Baker's PAT made the score 30-21 with 0:41 left in the third quarter. Concord would add another touchdown after another Crusader punt. Pimentel hooked up with Dustin Greenwood for a 28-yard touchdown pass with 13:04 remaining in the game. Baker's PAT gave Concord a 37-21 lead.

The Crusaders refused to go away, however. Mosley capped a 3 -play, 29-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown run. After a failed two-point conversion attempt, the Mountain Lions held a 37-27 lead with 11:56 remaining in the game. Then, Moeller returned to lead the North Greenville offense on a 16-play, 86-yard drive that included Mosley getting a first down on a much needed fourth and two. The drive ended when Moeller found Travis NeeSmith in the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown pass. Escalona's PAT made the score 37-34 with 5:04 remaining in the game.

On Concord's next possession, Defensive End Ken Floyd made a huge 7-yard sack to force a third and sixteen situation for the Mountain Lions. They would not get the first down, and the Crusaders regained possession with 2:29 remaining in the game. Moeller threw a pass to Travis Talbert who broke several tackles on the 38-yard gain. Moeller hit Mosley on swing pass for a 5-yard gain, and then found James Crooks for four yards. Mosley lost 3 yards on the next play, but Moeller found Crooks again for a 7-yard gain. On third and five from the Concord 20-yard line, Moeller dropped back to pass, but was forced to scramble. He gained only two yards to make it fourth and three. Adrian Escalona came in to attempt a 35-yard field goal, but the exchange on the snap was shaky. Concord blocked the field goal to preserve the 37-34 win.

Moeller finished with 193 yards on 19-28-0 passing. Talbert and NeeSmith led the Crusader receiving corps with five receptions each. Isaac Tate once again led the defense with 11 solo tackles and 2 assisted tackles. Rafael Bush added 9 tackles.

North Greenville, who fell to 2-8 with the loss, will host Allen University November 12th at Younts Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:30.