The traffic accident that sidelined its veteran quarterback did not change Concord's ultimate goals, of course, but it did bring some modifications to the offense.
Second-year coach Garin Justice, a former West Virginia University offensive lineman, seems to welcome the challenge.
"It's kind of fun as coaches to try and reinvent yourself,'' he said.
The new quarterback, redshirt freshman Albert Rose, adapted nicely to the revised approach Saturday afternoon at Lakin Field, scrambling for a touchdown and throwing for two others, to lead Concord to a 23-16 victory over West Virginia State. A crowd of about 450 attended.
Rose assumed the starting role Sept. 15 in the Mountain Lions' game against the University of Charleston, replacing senior Zack Grossi, who had thrown for more than 7,000 yards in his career but suffered season-ending injuries in a traffic accident Sept. 10.
Grossi's play last year helped the Mountain Lions to a West Virginia Conference championship - and helped them erase the memories of the 0-11 season of 2008.
Against State late in the first quarter on Saturday, Rose dropped back to pass but opted to run and sprinted 26 yards for a touchdown, tying the score at 7.
He connected with Calvinaugh Jones on a 28-yard TD pass with 15 seconds left in the first half, giving the Mountain Lions a 14-7 advantage, and hit Tiko Henderson on a 44-yard pass-and-run score late in the third quarter, snapping a 16-all tie.
Rose, an Orlando, Fla., resident whose father, Chris Rose, is a Charleston native, completed 11 of 17 passes for 129 yards with one interception and carried eight times for 68 yards.