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Photo courtesy of Glenville State College Glenville State College wide receiver Austin Ratliff (33) scores the game-winning touchdown in overtime against Concord University during the Pioneers’ 27-20 Mountain East Conference victory Saturday at Morris Stadium. Pioneer teammates Javon Butler (80) and Messiah Proctor (70) look on.

Glenville State 27,

Concord 20 (OT)

GLENVILLE — Delonte Hood’s end zone interception, his fourth of the year and second of the game, sealed Glenville State College’s 27-20 home-opening Mountain East Conference victory against Concord University here Saturday afternoon at Morris Stadium.

The Pioneers (2-1, 1-1) were driving late in the fourth quarter to go ahead by two possessions, but a lost fumble resulted in an 81-yard TD return by Imani Moore to tie the game at 20 with 4:24 to go.

Although Justin Watts, who drilled a 48-yard field goal early in the second to make it a 3-3 affair, failed to convert a 37-yarder with 49 ticks left in regulation, head coach Mike Kellar’s squad got it done in overtime.

Austin Ratliff, the former Gilmer County prep standout, took a screen pass from Tim Heltzel on the first play in overtime, broke a couple of tackles and raced in for a touchdown.

Concord (0-3, 0-3) converted a 4th-and-1 at the 16 thanks to a Matt Shearer quarterback sneak, but the Mountain Lions were facing a third-and-14 at the GSC 19 after a JT Ngangum sack. Hood then picked off Shearer, who went 17 of 39 for 121 yards and a trio of interceptions, to seal it.

The G-men, who return to action 7 p.m. Thursday at West Liberty, had their first two turnovers of the season.

Heltzel finished 28 of 38 for 333 yards. His 19-yard TD pass to Edward Webber with 2:42 left in the second quarter tied the game 10-all at halftime. Concord’s Derek Kincaid had scored earlier in the period on a 10-yard TD run.

Javon Butler (6-61) hauled in a 46-yard touchdown strike from Heltzel early in the third.

Ratliff finished with eight catches for a game-high 126 yards. Mario Pender led the ground attack with 58 yards on 19 attempts.

The Pioneers were limited to 88 rush yards on 31 carries, but won the total yards battle 421-236.

Ngangum recorded two sacks. Chris McSweeney had three tackles for loss and joined Samuel Thomas with a forced fumble. Tatah Njoka also picked off Shearer.

Louisiana-Lafayette 45,

Ohio 25

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Elijah Mitchell rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns as Louisiana-Lafayette won its third straight game, holding on to get past Ohio 45-25 on Saturday afternoon.

The Ragin’ Cajuns held a 10-6 lead at the half and extended that to 31-12 early in the fourth before Ohio rallied to score twice on just four plays and close to 31-25 with 7:54 remaining in the game.

Ohio’s Jarren Hampton recovered a fumble on Louisiana-Lafayette’s 28. Two plays later Ja’Vahri Portis bulled across from the 3. Following Louisiana-Lafayette’s missed field goal attempt on the next series, Nathan Rouke nailed Shane Hooks on a 49-yard completion to ULL’s 21. Rouke and Hooks connected on the next play for a score to move within six of tying the game with 7:54 remaining.

The Ragin’ Cajuns responded with two quick scores to put the game out of reach.

Levi Lewis threw for 188 yards and two scores for the Ragin’ Cajuns (3-1) who won their first away game this season. ULL fell to Mississippi State 38-28 in the season opener.

Rourke threw for 277 yards and a touchdown for Ohio (1-3) which lost its third straight after opening the season with a 41-20 win over Rhode Island.

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