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Concord's Richardson WVIAC Player of Week

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The Concord Football team's 28-14 upset of then-#3 Shepherd Saturday afternoon was a team effort.

The Mountain Lions defense held the Rams to 204 total yards, well under the 550 yards per game Shepherd had averaged.  What's more, the Rams had been scoring at a 55-points-per-game clip before their visit to Athens.

CU's offense scored 28 points and accumulated 461 yards against a Shepherd defense that was allowing 12.8 points and 229 yards per game.

Concord's special teams provided an important two-point conversion and placed three punts inside the Shepherd 20-yard line, including one that stopped at the 2.

The Mountain Lions' victory came from the efforts of the entire roster. 

But that doesn't mean CU won't receive an individual honor:  Defensive back Riyadh Richardson has been named the WVIAC co-Defensive Player of the Week.

The sophomore cornerback from Duncan, SC had two of Concord's three interceptions against Shepherd.

Richardson's first pick set up the CU offense for a seven-play, 71-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown that put Concord up 21-14 midway through the 2nd quarter.  The Mountain Lions would be ahead to stay.

Richardson's second interception came with 1:46 left in the 4th quarter and ended Shepherd's last possession of the game.

Richardson also notched six tackles and a pass break-up, and returned five punts for 44 yards, including a long of 28.

He's the second Concord player to win a WVIAC weekly honor this season.  The conference named quarterback Zack Grossi as its Offensive Player of the Week after CU's 38-15 win at the University of Charleston on September 17.

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