By DAVID VANTRESS
THE GOSHEN NEWS
After two straight losses, Concord desperately needed to get back on the winning track this week at home against Northridge.
And amid the distractions of Homecoming, that figured to be even more difficult.
But the Minutemen put together a dominant performance in all phases of the game and left Jake Field with a 35-7 win over the Raiders.
With the win, Concord improved to 6-2 overall on the 2013 season (5-1 NLC). Northridge, which was battling for its first ever NLC crown, drops to 6-2 (4-2).
It was the kind of gutsy performance Concord coach Tim Dawson was looking for from his team.
“We’d been talking to the kids about battling through the adversity and coming out with a good effort tonight,” Dawson said.
The Minutemen got two first-half scores en route to a 14-0 halftime advantage. Concord senior quarterback Trevor Wilmore hooked up with a wide-open senior receiver Adam Glanders for a 48-yard scoring strike with 3:19 left in the first to get the Minutemen on the board,
Wilmore connected with his younger brother, sophomore tight end Matt Wilmore, on an 11-yard TD just inside the second quarter.
The Minutemen opened the third quarter with the ball and needed all of one play to pad their lead, getting a 62-yard TD run from Jackson Marlow for a 21-0 lead.
The Raiders finally got on the board on their ensuing possession, with a four-yard TD pass from Tanner Love to Payton Carson.
Concord added scores on an 11-yard pass from Wilmore to Glanders and a 5-yard run by Jerrell Pointdexter for the final tally.
Northridge coach Tom Wogomon said Concord was clearly the better team Friday night.
“We were hoping for good things to happen, and Concord willed good things to happen,” Wogomon said. “They were the more physical team.”
The Minutemen host Warsaw next week in a game that will determine the NLC championship, as the Tigers bested NorthWood Friday night at home.
Northridge travels to Elkhart Memorial.