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Concordia burns UNO 78-14

SELMA — For a homecoming game, Saturday’s Concordia College 78-14 victory over the University of New Orleans was made to order.

Everybody in a green and yellow uniform got a chance to play. It was a family affair.

Hornets coach Shepherd Skanes, however, expressed reservations about the visiting Privateers.

“We really didn’t know what to expect from them,” Skanes said. “They were moving the ball for a time during the second half. But it feels good to win at home, and it feels good to be 3-3.”

Scoring was early and often for the Hornets, who took a 31-0 lead after the first quarter. After Harrison Ellison’s 40-yard field goal, quarterback Larry Kerlegan tossed a 5-yard TD to Fred Rouse, Taron Squires went eight yards for one score and A.J. Ward carried twice for 56 yards (42 was the TD).

Then with 6 seconds on the first-quarter clock, freshman defensive back Jeffrey Ward got his first of two defensive touchdowns. As UNO tried a pitchout around the left end, Ward scooped up the fumble and ran about 30 yards for a touchdown.

Ward, who later scampered 72 yards through defenders to return an interception for a touchdown, said he doesn’t do anything special on defense. And the defensive schemes are pretty simple.

“We run cover 2 and cover 3 and man-to-man,” Ward said. “So it helps that it’s pretty easy. I’m playing for the ball, playing with instinct.”

Concordia College was running almost on automatic, watching UNO march from its own 22 to the Hornets’ 27-yard line before the drive stalled. Four incompletions turned the ball over to Concordia College.

On the second play from scrimmage, Kerlegan lofted a 70-yard pass to Rouse for a 37-0 lead.

The Privateers got on the scoreboard after a nine-play, 66-yard drive ended with a 23-yard scoring pass from quarterback Chris Brady to Akeem Davis.

Concordia followed with 36 yards on seven play for the TD. Kerlegan went 3 yards around right end with 5:09 until halftime.

UNO went strictly through the air, stalling out a drive with four incompletions. After Concordia fumbled at the Privateers’ 16, Brady completed a 16-yard touchdown to Josh Giambelluca with no time remaining on the clock.

Playing mostly third- and fourth-stringers in the second half, Concordia held UNO scoreless. Actually, the Hornets allowed only four first downs, and one of those came on a penalty.

Concordia opened the third quarter with 56 yrds in five plays for the score. Kerlegan hit A.J. Ward for a 35-yard TD with 13:27 left on the clock.

Linebacker Alphonso Tucker scored Concordia’s next touchdown, knocking down a Brady pass into his hands and rumbling 13 yards inside the pylon.

The final scores came on Jeffrey Ward’s 78-yard interception return, a 14-yard pass from freshman quarterback Lamar Woodson to Mason Tillman and a 50-yard scamper by Anthony Landrum.

Concordia hosts Texas-Arlington at 2 p.m. Saturday.