Mountain Lions' Season Opener Brings Football Festivities To Town

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 30 2011

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. - From pre-game tailgates to a halftime show saluting America’s heroes to a new coach’s debut on the football field, the Mountain Lions’ season opener is packed with action.

Concord University plays host to the Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears Saturday, Sept. 3 at Callaghan Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

The contest will be the first game for the Mountain Lions with new head football coach Garin Justice at the helm. Concord takes the field boasting an 8-3 record from the 2010 season.

Several tailgates are planned from 6 p.m. until kickoff. They will be located in the parking lot near the stadium. Alumni and other friends of the University are invited to stop by the Concord University Office of Advancement tailgate.
Concord’s Office of Veterans Affairs is hosting a tailgate for veterans, active duty military personnel and their families, EMTs, police officers and firefighters.

The Mountain Lion Pride Marching Band will perform “An American Tribute” at halftime. The three selection show is arranged by Concord student veteran and senior drum major Thomas Hilliker.

The first piece, “Home of the Brave,” salutes veterans and other members of the military. The PikeView High School JROTC will present the colors. Hilliker’s second number in the show pays tribute to the victims of 9/11 and their families and the rescue workers who served during the attacks.

The finale features “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” the United States’ National March by John Philip Sousa. Band director Laura Zamzow said this number is “our tribute to our great nation.”