Concordia football team loses to Miles College in season finale

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 12, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

FAIRFIELD – Miles took advantage of first-half scoring opportunities, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter and then following up with another in the second quarter.

It was all the scoring the Golden Bears (2-9) needed as they beat the Hornets 21-6 to close out the season for both teams.

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The Hornets’ offense didn’t show up in the first two quarters of the game. They squeezed out a total of 80 yards in the first half. They turned the ball over three times – once on a fumble and twice on interceptions – all in the second quarter.

“I was disappointed,” said Concordia coach Shepard Skanes. “We played sluggish, and it looked like we couldn’t adjust. It almost seems our guys just wanted to get it over and get out of here.”

The Bears took advantage of great field position twice in the first quarter to reach pay dirt, once on a 43-yard drive. On its next possession they scored on a three-play, 38-yard drive. That gave Miles a 14-0 first quarter advantage.

The Bears added another score at the 14:23 mark of the second quarter. Turnovers halted the Concordia offense in the second quarter as they found themselves down 21-0 going into the half.

The Hornets finally put together a drive late in the third quarter. They marched 72 yards in seven plays and DeAngelo Surls dashed 8 yards to cap the drive. The point after was no good.

The combination of quarterback Anthony Gibson to receiver John Halman on three passes were key plays in the drive. Gibson completed passes of 34, 10, and 27 yards to Halman to get Concordia in scoring position.

Halman finished with four catches for 91 yards. Gibson completed 15-of 35-passes for 142 yards and three interceptions. Surls rushed for 35 total yards for the Hornets.

“Given all the teams we’ve played, and not to take anything away from any of them, we should be at 9-2,” said Skanes. “All the adversity we go through at Concordia to get these guys prepared to get on the field to play, win lose or draw, they are winners in my book. Remember we’re only a three-year football program, and we’ve had some accomplishments.”