|Concord Head Coach Garin Justice|
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In a high-scoring, offensive shootout against West Virginia Wesleyan, the Mountain Lions prevailed 48-40 over the Cougars on Saturday. The Mountain Lions edged WVWC in total offense 513-481, but the Cougars were held to 35 yards rushing by the Mountain Lions defense.
The win marks a tremendous turnaround for the program after going winless in 2008. Justice, a former Second-Team All-American, is one of the big reasons behind the turnaround. He brought in a similar spread-offense to what he learned under Rich Rodriguez when he joined the Concord staff in 2009 as the Offensive Line Coach and Conditioning Coordinator, and the change to the offense was immediate. The team went from scoring 11.3 points per game in 2008 to 33.2 in 2009. Rushing yards per game were nearly tripled. The Mountain Lions gained 227.0 yards rushing per game in 2009, up from 79.8 in 2008.
Justice's coaching pedigree is rich. Starting with being GA under Rich Rodriguez in 2006. He then spent the next two seasons under Bobby Bowden also as a GA before joining the Concord staff.