CONCORD, Mass. -- Concord-Carlisle scored early and often on its way to a convincing 35-7 win over Boston Latin on Thursday afternoon. The win moved C-C (5-0, 1-0) into an early first place lead in the Dual County League Small, as Boston Latin fell to 3-2, 0-2.
C-C led 35-0 at the half, with each of their five first half touchdowns coming by way of the “big play”. The Patriots struck first early in the opening quarter as senior quarterback Ryan Hoey found classmate Jackson Finigan on a 47-yard touchdown strike.
“That was all (Ryan) Hoey,” said Finigan. “We actually had a run play called but Ryan checked to the fade and threw a perfect ball that I caught and it was all grass from there on.”
Hoey looked sharp all day controlling the C-C offense, and has been a steadying factor in his first year under center for the Patriots.
“Offensively we did a good job,” said Concord-Carlisle head coach Mike Robichaud. “We talked about the trenches and the edges and I think we did a good job there. We have some running backs that can make things happen if we get to the second level so we were pleased with that.”
C-C star running back George Craan scored the next two touchdowns on long runs of 71 and 55 yards respectively. The senior totaled 156 yards on the day, on only five carries
Junior tailback Tim Badgley got into the scoring action as well, with a 65-yard burst through the middle of the Boston Latin defense midway through the second quarter.
Senior tailback Tyquan Culbreath concluded the first half scoring barrage with a 44-yard scamper through the Wolfpack defense.
C-C has come out of the locker room the last two games and put their opponents away early with big opening first halves.
“It is a credit to these captains and a credit to these seniors,” said C-C head coach Mike Robichaud of his team’s early game execution and focus. “They take a lot of pride in coming out and being real good on first downs and early in the game.”
Boston Latin’s lone score on the afternoon came with 2:59 remaining in the third quarter, as junior Mike Surdek plunged in from two yards out to break up the shutout.
Latin was also playing without injured junior quarterback Miles Wright who was present on the sidelines sporting a hard cast on his right arm. Junior Cal Cahill took the snaps for the Wolfpack on the day.
Huge holes: “The offensive line are all big fast guys,” said Craan. “They do a good job conditioning and at practice and the coaching staff does a great job preparing them.”
The C-C veteran offensive line led by seniors Andrew vanderWilden, Trevor Castrichini, Owen Guattaduaro, Tom Gregory and Thomas Kleyn opened up some monster holes for the C-C running backs to run through.
“The offensive line did a great job,” said Robichaud. “It is a senior group and these guys have played with each other in some tight situations.”
Seniors step up: The C-C senior class has experienced success having advanced to the post season the past two years including a Division 2A Super Bowl appearance last season where they lost to Duxbury 35-13 at Gillette Stadium.
Whether it was captain Henry Bumpus’ big fourth down sack in the first half or the aggressive pursuit tackling of defensive backs Tyler Koning, Anthony West and linebacker Kleyn the C-C defense was up to the task.
“Our defense is led by a strong senior group,” said Finigan. “We have a bunch of hard hitting kids and we are doing a good job stopping the run and pass and whatever is called.”
Hoey, Finigan, Craan, Culbreath and the veteran offense line all led the way for the offense.
Finigan factors in: Finigan was all over the field for C-C. The senior caught a touchdown, returned punts, threw some key blocks to spring the running backs and was a big factor in containing the edge from his defensive back position.
“Probably the guy that is most unsung in our running game is Jackson Finigan,” said Robichaud. “He does a tremendous job of making blocks downfield. When you have good backs half our touchdowns are because Jackson has gotten on someone down field and what was a 30-yard run becomes a 50-yard touchdown. We don’t throw the ball a whole lot but he has just been huge for us the past three years.”
CONCORD-CARLISLE 35, BOSTON LATIN 7
CC (5-0) --- 14 21 0 0 - 35
BL (3-2) --- 0 0 7 0 - 7
C – Jackson Finigan 47 pass from Ryan Hoey (kick failed)
C – George Craan 71 run (Craan run)
C – Craan 55 run (Evan Boynton kick)
C – Tim Badgley 65-yard run (Boynton kick)
C – Tyquan Culbreath 44-yard run (Boynton kick)
B – Mike Surdek 2-yard run (Jake Hardy kick)