Patriots are back for more
CONCORD - Since losing to Duxbury in the Division 2A Super Bowl last season, Concord-Carlisle has been itching to get back to the “Big Game’’ - even after being a casualty of realignment and dropping to Division 3 .
The Patriots took one step toward that goal yesterday, defeating Bedford, 34-7.
Concord-Carlisle secured the Dual County League Small title and punched its ticket to the playoffs, where it will face Holliston on Tuesday. .
“It feels great to win,” said Concord-Carlisle coach Mike Robichaud. “It is great for the seniors. They haven’t lost a league game while on the varsity team. They were really focused and were motivated to win this game.”
A loss to Duxbury has served as a motivating tool for Concord-Carlisle.
“To get so close to winning the Super Bowl made us want it more this year,” said senior captain Thomas Kleyn. “There were kids back in the weight room a week after the loss getting ready for this season.”
Senior running back Tyquan Culbreath said the loss was “a building block for what we have here this year.”
The Patriots (11-0, 4-0) have relied on a stout defense and an overpowering running game this season and didn’t stray far from that formula against Bedford (6-5, 3-1).
The Patriots’ three-headed monster – Culbreath, George Craan, and Tim Badgley - combined to rush for 271 yards and three touchdowns.
“We are very fortunate to have such talented kids at running back,” said Robichaud. “They work hard and make each other better.”
The Patriot defense, which has allowed more than two touchdowns in a game only once this season, forced three turnovers.
Concord-Carlisle’s first score came as the result of its defense. Tyler Koning intercepted a pass on Bedford’s first drive. The Patriots took over at their 43-yard line and chewed up all their yards on the ground to pay dirt. On first and goal, Badgley galloped into the end zone on a jet sweep from 8 yards to make it 7-0.
Concord-Carlisle scored twice more in the second quarter to take a 21-0 lead into halftime. Evan Boynton caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Hoey and Culbreath took a reverse handoff 49 yards for a touchdown.
Badgley scored his second touchdown of the game on the Patriots’ first drive of the third quarter. He took a handoff and ran untouched up the middle for a 23-yard touchdown. Badgley rushed for 54 yards on the drive.
The Patriots’ final score was a 8-yard pass from Hoey to Henry Bumpus.
Bedford got on the board with an 11-yard touchdown run by Christian Boivin midway through the fourth quarter.