Patriots rule Latin
CONCORD - As far as league games go, it most likely will not get any easier for No. 9 Concord-Carlisle than its victory over Boston Latin yesterday.
“The process of the season gets harder as you go,’’ said Patriots coach Mike Robichaud. “We’ve got to see if we can get better . . . I’ve got a lot of trust in [my players] that they will continue with a lot of focus.’’
The Patriots (5-0) took a 35-point lead into halftime and improved to 1-0 in the Dual County Small League with a 35-7 victory over the Wolfpack.
Boston Latin (3-2) has dropped two straight DCL games.
The Patriots came out of the gate strong with a touchdown on their opening drive, a 46-yard catch-and-run by Jackson Finigan. It was one of only three pass attempts by quarterback Ryan Hoey as the Patriots were able to dominate on the ground.
“The O-line, you know, it’s a senior group. These guys have played together in some pretty tight situations,’’ Robichaud said. “There’s a good rhythm among those guys.’’
Both teams found success running outside, but the Patriots’ ability to create space up the middle gave them the upper hand.
Senior running back George Craan (5 carries, 156 yards) shot up the middle for a 71-yard touchdown on the Patriots’ second drive. On the first play of the subsequent drive, he went up the middle again for a score, this time for 55 yards, to make it 21-0.
“I knew the play was coming to me and the O-line just opened up a hole a mile wide,’’ Craan said. “There’s only one thing you can do, just hit the seam and hit full speed and that’s what I did.’’
The Patriots had two more explosive scores in the second quarter, a 65-yard rush by Tim Badgley and a 44-yard jaunt by Tyquan Culbreath.
“Offensively we did a good job,’’ Robichaud said. “We talk about the trenches and the edges, I think we did a pretty good job there, and we’ve got some running backs that can make something happen if we can get to the second level, so we were pleased with that.’’
Robichaud was critical of his defense, which allowed 222 yards on the ground.
The Patriots held the Wolfpack to 7 points, but the execution left something to be desired, and it is something that Robichaud will address before the Patriots host Westford next Friday.
“I don’t think we had a good game defensively,’’ Robichaud “We were able to hold when we needed to but they drove the ball right down the field. We’re a good defensive team, we didn’t really show it today.’’
The Patriots sit at the top of the Dual County standings, but they know they will be challenged in the coming weeks.
“We’ve got to stay focused and worry about our next opponent,’’ Craan said. “We’ve got to play it like it’s our last game.’’