The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 3, 2004


In the fall at CCHS, it's boys football, cross country and soccer

Senior Thanksgiving Day football brings a fifth straight turkey day win

Senior co-captain Mark Lakness led the football team to its most successful season since the mid-1980s. (Photo by Carol Bailey)

The Patriots earned their ninth win of the season defeating Bedford 27-0 on Thanksgiving Day at Sabourin Field in Bedford. Senior running back Donnie Driscoll found the endzone four times for the Patriots, rushing for 38 yards on 13 carries. Driscoll scored on all three of CCHS's first half possessions, two drives starting with Bedford turnovers. In the end it was the costly early turnovers and a goal line stand that ended Bedford's hopes of a huge upset in front of the home crowd. This was the fifth straight Turkey Day win for the Patriots and extends their winning streak to five games to close the season. With Lincoln-Sudbury losing to Newton South 10-7 on a last-second field goal, the Patriots move into a tie for second place in the Dual County League. They will miss the playoffs but will end their most successful season since the mid-1980's.

The Patriots have a winning season

The Patriots entered the 2004 season with an entirely restructured defense and an adapted offense; and so far the senior nucleus has made it work. The Patriots opened the season with two tough wins over non-league opponents before facing and losing the Acton-Boxboro game 3-0. AB broke the Massachusetts High School Football winning streak record with their 41st straight win but it was not without a serious threat from CCHS, who had owned the record since the 1950s. Since that game, the Patriots have played with an air of confidence that has bolstered them to an 8-2 record overall, 5-2 in the Dual County League (DCL). Despite being hurt by injuries to key players, the Patriots won four games in a row after the AB game much due to the leadership and experience of the 17 seniors on the team.

Seniors Mark Lakness (co-captain), Steven Bodnar, Sean DeBruzzi, and Kevin Tarca of Carlisle all start on offense for the Patriots, each having a breakout season. Lakness, DeBruzzi, and Tarca, as well as sophomores Dan Canina and Taylor Habbe starred on probably the best defense in the DCL, holding opponents to under a measly ten points a game. No one knew what to expect from this year's team and still no one was sure until they showed what they could do in the AB game and no one is really sure what to expect from next year's team which will lose17 seniors. As evidenced by this year's Patriots, anything can happen. All it takes is one play, one game, or one team to jumpstart a season.

Soccer team makes it to states

Junior forward Jean Fauchet goes after the ball in the game against Wayland. (Photo by Carol Bailey)
The men's soccer team at CCHS returned to the state tournament for the 22nd straight year under relatively new head coach Ray Pavlik and with the leadership of senior captain Colin Brady of Concord. The Patriots wanted to once again penetrate deep into the tournament, repeating as sectional finalists, but it was not meant to be. CCHS lost a heartbreaker to the Pentucket Sachems. With 12 seconds left in a sudden-death overtime, 12 seconds before the game would go to penalty shots, Pentucket scored to push themselves past CCHS with a 3-2 victory. Senior David Button had scored two earlier goals for the Patriots in the game. Many players speculate that if they had survived that final 12 seconds their season would have continued to the next round.
The Patriots turned in a 10-8 regular season record to make the tournament, clinching a berth against Dual County League foe Boston Latin. Brady and senior Bryan Lieb of Carlisle made first team All-DCL for their season performance. Next year the Patriots are returning many starters and are optimistic for the 2005 season. With high expectations for themselves CCHS will hope to make the state tournament for the 23rd year and advance farther this year.

Cross-country has 40 plus wins in a row

Co-captains Joe Carpenito (left) along with Matt Phillippo (right) of Carlisle, and Taylor Burmeister of Concord led the boys cross-country team which finished third as a team in the Division 1 championships. (Courtesy photo)

No one can argue with three Division 2 Eastern Mass championships in four years or five straight Dual County League champions or forty-plus wins in a row. And the list goes on for the CCHS men's cross-country team. For five years the Patriots have been perfect within the DCL, no small feat considering the entire year is leading up to the big meets. The runners train right through most dual meets but the winning attitude has carried them to victory. Yet the Patriots will not face their toughest opponents until this week at the all-state meet. Coach Steve Lane thinks that the boys will have to go faster to win but also that they can. Division 1 champion Newton-North as well as Brockton and Amherst will challenge the Patriots state championship bid.

On a cold and snowy day in the middle of November, the Patriots faced their final obstacle on the way to states. Once again, each runner came through with Roy Bondurant leading Carlisle runners placing 2nd in 17:13 and Joe Carpenito right behind in 17:39 placing 11

[ The Concord-Carlisle team did well as it placed third in the Division 1 championship race on November 20. Taylor Burmeister was the fastest finishing 16th in 14:54. Carpenito and Phillips finished 23 and 24.]

Sean DeBruzzi, takes a break from blowing leaves at the Bennetts' on Berry Corner Lane to pose with his helper Griffin Bennett. Sean was one of the many CCHS football players participating in the CCHS football teams' fall workday fundraiser. (Photo by Susan Goodall)

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito