WESTON, Mass. -- Henry Bumpus was doing what he’d been taught.
How it ended, that’s not exactly how Concord-Carlisle head coach Tom Dalicandro would’ve drawn it up.
Bumpus, the hulking 6-foot-6 senior defender, also a defensive end on the Patriots’ Super Bowl champion football team, became an unlikely hero in No. 2 C-C’s 7-6 win over Dual County League rival No. 13 Weston.
With a tie game and less than three minutes to play, Bumpus gathered a ground ball in his own end, streaked upfield and … well, he didn’t stop.
“I tried to call timeout, but I couldn’t speak,” Dalicandro said of the scene, watching his long pole in the offensive zone.
It must have been an imposing sight for Weston’s ESPN Boston All-State goaltender Jared Fong to gaze out and see Bumpus on the charge. But he continued on his beeline to the cage. Once Bumpus closed to 12 yards out, he fired. His initial shot clanged off the post, but, like a true power forward, he followed his shot and potted the game-winner.
“They were walking off on everyone else because I’m a long pole,” said Bumpus, who will continue his football career at Brown next year, “so I made a couple moves and took it to the net.”
Weston (8-2, 3-2 DCL) controlled more than three quarters of the action and took a 6-4 lead into the fourth.
That’s when C-C (8-0, 6-0) went on the offensive.
“When we got to 4-4, I felt pretty good,” Dalicandro said. “But when they went up 6-4, I didn’t think we were going to have the gas to get to seven.”
Kevin Delehey got the Patriots within a goal early in the fourth before junior middie Charlie Painter tied it with a shade under eight minutes to play.
“They made plays,” Weston head coach Jim Wilcon said. “There were a couple mistakes we could look at, there were maybe a couple of turnovers that gave them possessions. But I think a team like that, they cause the turnovers, they cause the mistakes.”
While the Wildcats fell short, they were a man-down per se without top scorer Joey Pasquale. The senior attack suffered a thigh contusion during Weston’s loss to Westford Academy.
Even without their leader, attacks Jordan Fong and Geoffrey Ziobro stepped up to fill the scoring duties admirably. And, in turn, the Wildcats nearly came away with an upset over their rival.
“I thought as a team we played pretty well today,” Wilcon said.