BUCKHANNON - West Virginia Wesleyan closed the 2012 football campaign Saturday afternoon, dropping a 23-16 decision to Concord. The last three Bobcat losses during the difficult season came by a touchdown or less.
Concord outgained Wesleyan 372-275, using a balanced attack that featured 233 passing yards and 141 rushing yards. The efficient Mountain Lions controlled possession for a count of 39:16 to 20:44.
Wesleyan grabbed an early lead on a Kasper Bernild 26-yard field goal, but Concord's Andy Ellington answered with a 30-yarder of his own. Later in the quarter, Concord claimed the lead for good on a 1-yard plunge from Ben Nester.
Calvinaugh Jones pushed the Concord lead to 17-3 in the second quarter, racing in from 22 yards out. Jones lead all rushers in the game with 138 yards on 25 carries.
Nate Montana found Justin Heinauer for a 12-yard score, curring the deficit to 17-10 at the half.
Elllington delivered a 35-yard field goal in the third quarter to extend the lead to 20-10, but Montana responded again, finding Nyquan McGirt for an 11-yard touchdown. The point after failed, leaving the Bobcats still in need of a touchdown.
Wesleyan got three fourth-quarter possessions with opportunities to complete the comeback, but could not produce points. A third field goal from Ellington, a 33-yarder, ended the scoring.
Montana closed his Bobcat career with a 25 of 52 performance for 199 yards and two touchdowns. His primary target was McGirt, who had five catches for 36 yards. Lavaughn Hughes had three grabs for 60 yards.
Montana ends the season as the WVIAC leader in touchdown passes (19) and yards passing (2,480).
Wesleyan ended the season at 3-8 overall and 2-6 in the WVIAC. Concord (7-4, 6-2) ends the season in third place in the league.