Oct. 24, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- One made his 40th career collegiate football start. And one made his third.
They were both named CIAA players of the week on Monday.
Fayetteville State's Larry McDonald (Sr., Mebane, N.C.) was honored as the conference's Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Broncos' dominant 17-7 victory over Livingstone on Saturday while starting quarterback Chauncey Concepcion was named the league's Rookie of the Week.
McDonald has started every game since joining the program as a true freshman and made his 40th consecutive start against the Blue Bears. The 6-foot-3, 333-pound guard has been a mainstay on the line since stepping foot onto the Fayetteville State campus, anchoring the line that helped the Broncos to the 2009 CIAA Championship. Earlier this season, McDonald moved into second place for most career starts in the modern era, ranking only behind current defensive line coach Damien Adams, who made 44 starts in his career.
McDonald's steady play on the line enabled the Broncos to roll up 471 total yards against the Blue Bears in a game that was not nearly as close as the final score indicated. Fayetteville State (3-5, 3-3), which won for the third time in its last four games, had 25 first downs to just eight for Livingstone, and held the ball for an incredible 23 minutes in the first half.
Of course, the Rookie of the Week had something to do with that.
Concepcion (Fr., Charlotte, N.C.), who made his third collegiate start since taking over for junior Brandon Blumears-Cluff
midway through the season, was brilliant at times on Saturday. Concepcion had more than 100 yards rushing before the 9-minute mark of the second quarter as the Broncos dominated the field of play in the first half, rolling up 328 total yards to Livingstone's 27 by the break. Concepcion finished with 183 yards passing, and though he did have three interceptions, he added a career-high 125 yards on the ground on just 13 carries to lead the Broncos' rushing attack.
"He ran the ball exceptionally well, and threw it well except for the three miscues," Fayetteville State head coach Kenny Phillips said of Concepcion. "Overall, he did a really nice job."
After completing his first five passes, it was clear Concepcion was on his way to enjoying his finest performance of his young collegiate career.
He tossed a 17-yard touchdown to tight end Xavier Molina-Williams (Jr., West Covina, Calif.) to march the Broncos to a 7-0 lead on the opening drive of the game, serving as the masterful architect in a 11-play, 76-yard series that took more than 6 minutes off the clock. He competed 6 of 7 passes for 66 yards on the drive, adding 15 yards on the ground to keep the chains moving.