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Concord football off to a good start

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2011 was a monumental year for Concord University football. That was the start of the Garin Justice era. He led the Mountain Lions to a conference title in his first year as head coach, and followed up with another winning season last year.

With the first win under their belt this season, the team is off to a good start and hope to keep the momentum going.

The Mountain Lions started their season with an 18 to 10 win over Lenoir Rhyne on Saturday. The Bears who entered the game ranked 23rd in the preseason NCAA DII poll, were handed their first loss on their home field since 2010.

"It was excellent, the guys did everything right, as far as the way they prepared, the way they traveled, the game itself," said Coach Justice.

Senior Jake Lilly was a spectacle on defense with 13 tackles and 4 forced fumbles

"Jake makes you shake your head sometimes, he always amazes you, you can never tell Jake "no", that he can't do something. Because he'll just prove you wrong," he said.

Lilly's performance in that game got him Concord Athlete of the Week honors, but he gave credit to the rest of the defense.

"It's no big deal, I give it to my D. My D-Line, they give me all the holes and make scrapes. They do their part," Lilly said.

Concord will host their first home game on Saturday as new members of the Mountain East Conference.

"I'm excited to start it, it's our first conference game I believe everybody seemed like they were out of conference this week," explained Lilly.

Justice added, "It's a conference football game, its our home opener, that's always exciting, we have our home crowd."

The Mountain Lions game at Callaghan Stadium starts at 1PM on Saturday.

Concord won their match up between West Virginia State University last year 23-16.

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