Concord University head football coach Greg Quick is anxious to see how the young players on both his team and Fairmont State’s react as West Virginia Conference play begins this weekend.

The Falcons will visit Concord for a 1 p.m. game Saturday on the brand new June O. Shott Field at Callaghan Stadium.

“The first few games are no indication of what is to come when you start conference play,” said Quick. “This is WVIAC-week, and everything gets turned up a notch. The new kids in our program don’t understand what it means to play in this conference. It’s a tough conference, and every game within the conference is a battle. I’m sure the young guys in Fairmont’s program are the same way. The older guys know, but the youngsters will find out in a hurry Saturday.

“When we line up to play anybody has a chance to win. I know Shepherd is sitting out there at the top and they’re nationally ranked and deservedly so, but I’ve told people our league is like a pot of stew; the rest is potatoes and carrots. You don’t know from week to week what you’re going to pull out. You better be ready to play every week. I honestly think this fall is going to be a very exciting fall for our conference.”

Both Fairmont and Concord enter Saturday’s matchup with 0-2 records. Last season the scenario was the same when the Mountain Lions visited Duvall-Rosier Field. On paper the squads appeared evenly matched last year, but FSU took advantage of eight Concord turnovers and cruised to a 34-7 win.

“We went up there and didn’t play well at all,” said Quick. “We had some kids banged up and there’s always excuses, but we weren’t looking for excuses. We were looking for results, and we didn’t get those results. There’s always pride involved to a degree in this game, and ours took a blow in that one.

“From what I understand and I know from the time I’ve been here, the Fairmont-Concord contest is always a big one. It’s one of those red-letter games that all of our alumni look at. When I go out on the road and meet with our alumni, they always want to know how we did against Fairmont. It was always a big game and it continues to be a big game for both schools.

“I have a lot of respect for (FSU coach) Rusty (Elliott) and his staff. They always do a great job of preparing their team to play. I’ve told my staff and our players that Fairmont is one of the best-coached teams that we’re going to face this season. Their kids always play hard and they’re always very aggressive. We need to match that.”

Quick says neither Concord nor Fairmont State got the results they wanted in their first two games, but noted he feels both teams are better than their 0-2 records indicate.

“Offensively neither team has played to its capability or at least has gotten the results it would like to have had on offense,” he said. “Both of us have played tough opponents. Fairmont challenged themselves at the beginning of the season, and we feel like we challenged ourselves.

“Fairmont is a very talented and physical football team. I can assure you of that. I think Concord has some talented people as well. Honestly, I think it’s going to be a great football game here Saturday.”

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