Glenville State entered Saturday's contest at Concord tied for first place in the WVIAC football standings. The Pioneers have played a tough non-conference schedule, but it's helped mature this team into one of the best in the WVIAC.
Playing on the road in the WVIAC is no easy task. Concord is the defending conference champion, and the homecoming celebration was only going to make it tougher for the Pioneers.
Glenville State dominated the first half thanks to relentless defensive pressure. The Pioneers couldn't get their offense working though, resulting in a scoreless first quarter.
Glenville put together a solid drive early in the second quarter. Pioneer Kicker Colston Bayless connected on a 34-yard field goal to give them the 3-0 lead.
The Pioneer defense came up with a huge stop. On the ensuing kick return, Glenville forced a fumble, resulting in the Pioneers recovering the football on the Concord 20 yard line.
Once again, Glenville was unable to find the end zone, resulting in another field goal. Eddie McKay came on and drilled a 47-yard field goal to give the Pioneers the 6-0 lead at the half.
The Mountain Lions came out roaring in the second half.
On Concord's first possession of the third quarter, the Mountain Lions capped off a phenomenal drive with a two-yard run by Ben Nester into the end zone. Concord snatched back the lead 7-6.
After another McKay field goal attempt, 47 yards, hit the upright, the Mountain Lions took over on downs and completed another scoring drive. Nester took the handoff from five yards out and Concord took a 14-6 lead into the fourth quarter.
On Glenville's ensuing drive, the Pioneers marched down the field but couldn't convert on third down. McKay would make good on another field goal, this time from 45 yards out. Glenville State cut the deficit to 14-9 midway through the fourth quarter.
The Pioneers would get the ball back at the end of the quarter, but a failed conversion on fourth-and-15 sunk Glenville's chances of a comeback.
Concord ran out the clock and defeated Glenville State by the final of 14-9.
The Pioneers still look like one of the better teams in the WVIAC, regardless of the heartbreaking loss on the road to a gritty Concord team.
Glenville State will be back in action next Saturday as it hosts West Virginia State in its first home game since September 6. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.