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Concord preparing for dominant Pioneer rushing attack

ATHENS, W.Va (WVVA) — The Mountain Lions find themselves in an early 0-2 hole to start the 2019 season.

Last Saturday, the Frostburg State rushing attack gashed the CU defense for 230 yards and five touchdowns. This week, head coach Paul Price and company will travel to Morris Stadium at Glenville State — always a tough place to play.

In 2018, the Pioneers used a balanced attack to take down Concord at home, 41-35. Starting quarterback Jaylen McNair tossed for 269 yards and a pair of touchdowns. McNair, however, is questionable for this week after entering the concussion protocol.

Price knows they have capable backup in Tim Heltzel, but the focus this week remains on the veteran running backs.

“I don’t see it as a major thing to concern yourself with, but in the same token, why not go with the senior who you can easily hand the ball to — that’s been productive through the years,” Price said. “It only makes sense — if they can get that running game going, the ability for the quarterback to open things up will get you in the end.”

Price mentioned that the linebackers will rotate more this weekend to keep fresher legs on the field. He hopes it will slow down top back, Mario Pender, who tallied 212 yards and two touchdowns at Callaghan stadium last season.

Kickoff between the Mountain Lions and Pioneers is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Saturday.

Nick Dugan

Sports Director

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