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Friday, October 8, 2004


Acton-Boxboro defeats CCHS 19 — 7 for state football record

The Concord-Carlisle football team heads from the gym towards the buses which will carry them to Acton for the important Friday night football game against Acton-Boxboro. Leading the way are: tri-captains John Ferrell (#56), Donnie Driscoll (#31) and Mark Lakness (dark shirt) and quarterback Steve Bodnar (#3). (Photo by Mike Quayle)

A stalwart CCHS defense held the Acton-Boxboro Colonials to just 12 points for forty-three minutes. And the Patriots defense was painfully close to finishing the job. But it just wasn't meant to be for CCHS as they attempted to defend Concord High's 52-year-old record for the longest winning streak in high school football. The previous mark of forty straight was broken on Friday night as A-B won their 41st in a row.

The Colonials didn't put the Patriots away until there were just 38 seconds left in the game when quarterback Dave Crocker bootlegged around for the 19- yard scoring run. Prior to that the Colonials had been held scoreless in the first quarter and scored just once in the second to take it into the locker room leading just 6-0, an uncomfortable lead for a team that expected to walk all over the team they've beaten handily the last three years.

The Patriots scored early in the third quarter after an interception return to the Acton 25-yard line and a two-yard dive by senior halfback Donnie Driscoll. When kicker Jeff Nolet put the extra point through the uprights, you could have heard a pin drop on the A-B sideline. This wasn't the game they were expecting, down 7-6 in the third quarter.

A-B scored again but was stopped on the two-point conversion to make it 12-7. C-C continued to threaten, most notably on the A-B 15-yard line when senior quarterback Steve Bodnar's pass was tipped into the hands of an A-B cornerback in the end zone, but couldn't punch it in. "The difference between us and all the teams they've steamrolled this season, is that we just straight up weren't afraid of them," said senior captain Mark Lakness, "and that's what made it a game." It was a game certainly worthy of all the media coverage it got, including ESPN, and A-B is a team certainly worthy of the record. They know how to win and that's what they do best.

Ed. note: DeBruzzi failed to mention a quote from the Boston Globe's coverage of the game: "Acton-Boxboro wasted a chance on its first possession when Crocker was picked off by C-C's Sean DeBruzzi in the end zone...On the first possession of the half, Crocker was again intercepted by DeBruzzi." Go Sean!

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