Concordia Prep tops Annapolis Area Christian for first in MIAA C football; Pearson scores 2 TDs (VIDEO HERE!!)

Concordia Prep running back Jhymir Pearson tries to break free from Annapolis Area Christian’s Joey Dixon (4) during Thursday’s MIAA C Conference football match. Pearson scored a pair of touchdowns, lifting the undefeated Saints to a 24-6 decision in Baltimore County.

by Derek Toney

Three years ago, Concordia Prep football was at a crossroads. Now, the Saints are on track for a championship.

Concordia Prep defeated Annapolis Area Christian School, 24-6, in a MIAA C Conference contest in Loch Raven. Jyhmir Pearson scored two touchdown for the Saints, and Colin Glenn threw for a score and kicked a 34-yard field goal.

Concordia (4-0 overall) led wire-to-wire, ending the reigning MIAA C champ Eagles’ nine-game winning streak. At 3-0 in league play, the Saints are in a favorable spot to reach the league final in November.

The Saints didn’t field a team in 2016 after going 0-9 in 2015 (4-31 from 2012 to 2015). Concordia returned to competitive play last fall with an independent schedule, going 4-6.

The Saints are definitely back after avenging a 28-6 loss to AACS (1-1, 0-1 MIAA C) last fall.

“We’ve fought tooth and nail to get ourselves back on the map,” said Concordia junior linebacker Jarren Terry. “We have a big chip on our shoulders.”

“Last year was crazy with how many young guys we had playing both ways,” said Saints coach Josh Ward, who had only two seniors on the 2017 roster. “This year, we’re lucky to have 13 seniors, but we have a ton of freshmen…I love the makeup of these guys, from the old guys to the young guys to our few sophomores and juniors, this is an impressive team.”

Thursday’s statement win was far from a work of art for Concordia, which drew more than 12 penalties, seven coming in a drive that consumed all but seven seconds of the third quarter.

Pearson barreled into the end zone for two yards out, pushing the Saints’ lead to 21-6. Concordia, whistled for seven holding penalties, got a 31-yard pass play from Glenn to senior Tyeler Buchanan on 3rd-and-33.

“I never seen third quarter quite like that,” said Ward. “Our guys talk about adversity and they handled it today. We were penalized a lot, but we held together.”

Terry ended Annapolis Area’s ensuing drive with a sack on 4th down. Concordia got a 37-yard burst from Pearson to inside AACS’ 15 before settling for a Glenn 34-yard field goal, extending the lead to 24-6 with 4:07 left in regulation.

After several penalties on its opening drive, Concordia took advantage of a roughing the punter penalty against AACS to keep its second drive going. After a shaky exchange with Glenn, Pearson got around the right side into the end zone for a 7-0 lead with 7:46 left in the first quarter.

The Eagles answered on the next play from scrimmage as Jeremiah Taylor pulled down Ryan Idleman’s throw and broke free for an 80-yard touchdown. Glenn threw a strike across the middle to senior wide receiver Charles Byers, who out-raced AACS’ defenders for a 52-yard touchdown.

Eagles coach Mike Lynn said Concordia has improved from last year.

“They’ve done a great job of getting some football players. Physically, they look like a real good team, ” said Lynn. “They’re athletic and have a good staff and game plan. You put that together, that’s going to be tough to deal with. They’re going to have a bunch of success.

The Saints will travel to Odenton next month for the second go-around with AACS, with a possible third meeting in the MIAA C final in November.

Next up, Concordia has non-league tests next up with MIAA A stronghold Calvert Hall College and last year’s B runner-up Severn School.

“We’ve put in a lot of work for this. We’re grinding everyday,” said Pearson. “This didn’t just happen. We’re here.”

Concordia Prep 24, Annapolis Area Christian School 6

AACS 0 6 0 0 – 6

Concordia 0 14 7 3 – 24

Second quarter

Concordia – Pearson 2 run (Glenn kick)

AACS – Taylor 80 pass from Idleman (kick failed)

Concordia – Byers 52 pass from Glenn (Glenn kick)

Third quarter 

Concordia – Pearson 2 run (Glenn kick)

Fourth quarter

Concordia – Glenn 34 field goal