Concord shocks No. 3 Shepherd
Roundup: Pittsburg State upends No. 1 Northwest Missouri St.
Concord upset No. 3 Shepherd 28-14 on Saturday afternoon, ending a seven-game losing streak to the Rams and moving into first place in the conference. Concord hadn't beaten Shepherd since a 20-19 triumph on November 8, 2003.
The Mountain Lions' defense limited the Rams to 204 total yards, 246 under their season average, and only one offensive touchdown. Concord forced five turnovers, including three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Meanwhile, Concord's offense piled up 461 yards, or 232 more than Shepherd had allowed per game this season. The Mountain Lions forged a nearly eight-minute edge in time of possession, 33:54 to 26:06.
Zach Grossi completed 22 of his passes for 306 yards and Randall Hawkins caught ten of them for 128 yards, while Ryan Stewart added three catches for 91 yards. Chris Rodriguez rushed 12 times for 87 yards, all in the 2nd half, while Brian Kennedy finished with 77 yards on 20 carries.
On defense, Jake Lilly -- the WVIAC's leading tackler -- had 12 stops, including three tackles for loss. Greenway added nine tackles. Richardson finished with six tackles, two interceptions and one pass break-up.
No. 15 Pittsburg State 38, No. 1 Northwest Missouri State 35
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chase McCoy booted a 26-yard field goal as time expired to help lift No. 15 Pittsburg State to a 38-35 victory against No. 1 Northwest Missouri State in The Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium.
McCoy's third field goal of the game helped the unbeaten Gorillas (5-0, 4-0 MIAA) halt the Bearcats (4-1, 3-1 MIAA) record streak of 49 consecutive MIAA regular-season victories.
Pitt State became the first conference team to defeat Northwest in the regular season since the Gorillas handed the Bearcats a 56-35 defeat in The Fall Classic on Oct. 29, 2005. Pitt State also halted a painful seven-game losing streak in its series with Northwest.
The Gorillas had to rally from deficits of 21-0 and 28-6 to come from behind in the game played before 15,106 fans on Saturday afternoon.
Zac Dickey completed 14 of 21 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown and he rushed the ball 19 times for 102 yards and a score to lead the Pitt State offense.
No. 2 North Alabama 42, Southern Arkansas 14
MAGNOLIA, Ark. – Trailing 14-0 just before the half, No. 2 North Alabama put up 42 unanswered points on the way to a 42-14 road win against Southern Arkansas.
The win, UNA’s 10th consecutive in the series with SAU, improves the Lions record to 5-0 overall. Southern Arkansas falls to 1-4.
North Alabama entered the game knowing that top-ranked Northwest Missouri State had been upset by Pittsburg State 38-35 and that No. 3 Shepherd had fallen 28-14 to Concord. In the first half it appeared that the Lions might also fall victim to the upset bug, but a score in the final minute of the first half ignited a ferocious UNA comeback. The Lions scored touchdowns on five of six possessions from the second to fourth quarters and pulled away for the easy win.
The Lions gained 318 total yards in the second half and held Southern Arkansas to just 43 total yards. UNA finished with 484 total yards, rushing for 119 and passing for 365.
UNA quarterback Lee Chapple finished the game 21-of-38 for 321 yards and two touchdowns.
Arkansas Monticello 23, No. 4 Valdosta State 9
MONTICELLO, Ark. -- Arkansas-Monticello scored three fourth quarter touchdowns to defeat No. 4 Valdosta State 23-9 in non-conference football action at Cotton Boll Stadium Saturday evening.
The loss dropped Valdosta State to 4-1 while Arkansas-Monticello improved to 3-2.
The first Arkansas-Monticello touchdown game less than two minutes into the final quarter of play as Damon Wicker threw a 22-yard pass to Willie Landers. The touchdown capped off a 16-play, 85-yard drive that took 7:24 off the clock.
After being stopped on the VSU four-yard line on its next drive, UAM recovered a fumble on the Blazer 20 to set up its next touchdown. Wicker tallied the score as he ran around left end raced untouched to the end zone for a 17-6 Boll Weevil lead.
After the two UAM touchdowns, Valdosta State closed back to within eight points with Andersen's third field goal of the game. The Blazers moved the ball to the Boll Weevil 6 on the drive, but a pair of incomplete passes and an intentional grounding flag on third down forced the 39-yard attempt with 4:45 to go.
The Boll Weevils took the ensuing kickoff and again marched down the field, with Greg Taylor scoring on a 27-yard run. The extra point was blocked to set the final score.
No. 5 Bloomsburg 32, East Stroudsburg 20
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- Kicker Dan Fisher connected on four fields to set a new school career record and Dan Haverstock had two, drive-stopping interceptions in the fourth quarter to help No. 5 Bloomsburg (5-0, 2-0 PSAC East) rally for a 32-20 win against East Stroudsburg (1-4, 0-2 PSAC East) on Saturday.
The win was also the 199th overall in the coaching career of Bloomsburg head coach Danny Hale.
Fisher's four field goals raise his career total to 31, breaking the old mark of 29 held by three players, Bill Beall (1992-95), Mark Weiss (1988-91) and Jon Koenig (2006-09).
East Stroudsburg did have one more chance, but Haverstock made his second consecutive interception at the Huskies 48-yard line. Haverstock did return the ball for a score, but a penalty nullified the score and gave Bloomsburg the ball at the ESU 26. From there the Huskies ran out the clock to stay unbeaten.
On the day, Eddie Mateo led the Huskies with 157 yards rushing on 24 carries, while Quiteh rushed 26 times for 124 yards and two scores. Quarterback Pat Carey completed 15 of 21 passes for 198 yards and score, while Ryan Dickerson caught a career-high eight passes for a career-best 104 yards.
Defensively, Justin Shirk had 10 tackles, while Haverstock had six tackles and two interceptions.
For East Stroudsburg, Ray Wagner finished 27 of 52 for 397 yards and two scores.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.