Friday, November 24, 2000
Patriots football team plays with heart
The 2000 Concord-Carlisle football team had another successful season, led by a number of strong seniors. Among the senior Carlisle members were captain Tim Moschini, wide out/defensive back Dave Irwin, quarterback Chris Bodnar, and tackle/defensive end Josh Davis. They all started for the team, helping the team finish one of the best and most exciting seasons in recent memory. Among the highlights of the season were two heart stopping last minute victories for the Patriots. When C-C squared away against (at the time) undefeated Westford, a possible league title was at stake. The Patriots (or Pats) battled with the Grey Ghosts of Westford, but found themselves down 10-7, with a minute and half left to go in the game. The Pats marched down the field and with forty seconds left on the clock, Bodnar hit Irwin for the winning touchdown. Westford blitzed two linebackers on the play and without the strong blocking of Davis and Moschini on the play, the pass would have never gotten off.
Two weeks later C-C found themselves in the same situation against perennial rival Lincoln-Sudbury (L-S). This time the Pats were down 14-7, with two minutes left in the game. Again they marched down the field, and as improbable as it seemed, Dave Irwin wrestled away a thirty-yard pass from two L-S defenders to pull C-C within one. L-S blocked the ensuing extra point, but C-C's Erik Jenkinson alertly picked the loose ball in after two monster blocks from Davis and Moschini to give the Pats another come-from-behind, miracle win.
The Pats finished up their season with eight wins and two losses. They were six-one in the league. Irwin and Moschini were named all-Dual County League for their play at wide out and linebacker respectively. In the words of the immortal Dick Kerr, "These guys (senior Carlisle players) were the glue to the team. They all played hard to the very end of the game, proving it is never over till it's over. I could not be more proud of them, the whole team for that matter." The team will lose these veteran stars, but the current Carlisle juniors will step up and play like the Carlisle seniors played this year, with a lot of heart.
© 2000 The Carlisle Mosquito