Concordia crushes UTA 66-0

Published 12:14 am Sunday, October 11, 2009

SELMA — Concordia College football coach Shepherd Skanes thought about which players stood out during Saturday’s 66-0 shellacking of the University of Texas-Arlington at Memorial Stadium.

Trying to single out players wasn’t easy. He praised the entire team after almost everyone participated in the beatdown.

“Of course, the defense looked pretty strong today,” said Skanes, who honored the team’s seniors at halftime during the Hornets’ final home game. “Everyone wanted the seniors to go about with a bang.”

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Who would get the game ball, coach?

“If I had to give one, I would probably give it to Louis Manning,” he said. “I was glad to see him play well.”

Manning, a 5-foot-9, 195-pound junior from Atlanta, scored two touchdowns — one each from each side of the line.

In the second quarter, running back Manning took a pitchout around left end for a 5-yard score with 1:13 left until halftime. Eddie Cribbs’ PAT run put the Hornets up 40-0 at halftime.

Then in the fourth quarter, punt returner Manning snatched up a Mavericks kick out of the end zone and returned it 22 yards for Concordia’s final points. The clock showed 13:46 left.

The dark cloud over the day’s victory was the loss of placekicker Harrison Ellison for the season. The senior from Birmingham injured his knee in the first half during an extra-point kick.