High School: Al Robichaud
December, 3, 2011
By Ryan Kilian | ESPNBoston.com
Ryan Kilian/ESPNBoston.com Patriots owner Robert Kraft dropped by the Concord-Carlisle sideline.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Concord-Carlisle made their second consecutive trip to Gillette Stadium a successful one as they defeated Oliver Ames (7-5) 42-9 to win the Eastern Massachusetts Division 3 Super Bowl.
The game plan for C-C was to run the football, just as they had done in each of their previous 12 victories this season. C-C pounded the ball for 298 total rushing yards behind their veteran offensive line and three-headed backfield of seniors George Craan, Tyquan Culbreath, and junior Tim Badgley.
“For those guys to have a great day, particularly George and Ty as seniors, that makes it special,” Concord-Carlisle head coach Mike Robichaud said.
When Concord-Carlisle (13-0) went to the air they also converted as C-C quarterback Ryan Hoey found tight end Henry Bumpus on two separate occasions for touchdown strikes.
“It was a complete team effort,” said Robichaud. “I could not have been more proud of our team today.”
Oliver Ames could never get any sustainable drives going on the day despite solid games from quarterback Jared Schneider (11-22 passing for 123 yards and 2 INT) and running back Sam Langston (14 rushes for 60 yards and one touchdown).
Bumpus rebounds and stars: Bumpus had a strong junior season for C-C last year but had a dropped ball in the end zone that would have been a score for Concord-Carlisle in their Super Bowl loss at Gillette Stadium to Duxbury last year.
“Last year was the worst day of my life,” Bumpus said. “I dropped a big catch that I should have had so this year I knew I had to make up for it. I think I did that today and it feels so good to get that off my back.”
The Dual County League MVP had the biggest game of his career on the biggest stage as the 6-foot-6 defensive end/ tight end had two catches for 34 yards and two touchdowns to go along with an interception where he leaped up and picked off a Schneider pass and returned it deep into Oliver Ames territory.
Bumpus is also the captain of the C-C basketball team as well as a starting defenseman for the Patriots lacrosse squad. He will attend Brown University next season along with teammate and two time DCL lineman of the year Andrew VanderWilden. Together they will team with Henry’s older brother John who was a 2009 captain for Concord-Carlisle.
Right time to shine: Craan has put together one of the all-time great careers for any running back in the history of the Dual County League. This season Craan stepped his game up at the right time for the Patriots as the senior ran for 342 yards (122 in today’s Super Bowl win) and seven touchdowns in C-C’s two playoff wins.
“I remember when I came in as a little cocky freshman, I told my coach we were going to win the state championship before we left here,” Craan said. “We did it and it feels real good to finish big.”
History repeats itself for the Robichaud family: The last time Concord-Carlisle won the Super Bowl was 1978 at Nickerson Field in Boston and the head coach was the legendary Al Robichaud, who manned the Patriots’ sidelines from 1972-1990. Al, a member of the Massachusetts Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, is the father of current head coach Mike Robichaud. He was on hand to witness the championship game and share an emotional moment with his family after the game.
“My dad is my role model,” Robichaud said. “I am just proud of the kids to get this done. It is just a great honor to be in the profession he was in. It was not always about the wins and losses as much as it was the impact that he had on so many kids lives.”
Seniors go out in style: “We got together as freshman and collectively said that we wanted to be the best,” Bumpus said. “I love all these kids and this is the greatest team I have been on.”
The senior class has made it to three straight playoff games, improving each year to win one more game.
“A perfect season feels good,” said Craan. “We all put in the hard work, we all worked out together in the offseason, we had good chemistry and we did it. We are a family. We are more than just a team off the field. Brothers look out for each other and that is what we did today.”
“They were the first class I connected with as sophomores,” Robichaud said. “To execute this way and to end on a perfect season is not just something they deserved or were entitled to. They worked for it. I am just really happy I was able to be a part of it and to spend these lat years with these kids. I am really proud of them.”
CONCORD-CARLISLE 42, OLIVER AMES 9
C-C (13-0) - 13 - 8 - 14 - 7 --- 42
OA (7-5) - 3 - 0 - 0 - 6 --- 9
C – George Craan 4 run (Evan Boynton kick)
O – Ryan McGrath 26 field goal
C – Craan 9 run (kick failed)
C – Bumpus 20 pass from Ryan Hoey (Craan run)
C – Tyquan Culbreath 35 run (Boynton kick)
C – Bumpus 14 pass from Hoey (Boynton kick)
C – Craan 12 run (Boynton kick)
O – Sam Langston 3 run (kick failed)
December, 3, 2011
By Corey J. Allen | ESPNBoston.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- On April 28, 2010, the world lost a shining star in Tyler W. Ryan.
The loss was felt throughout Concord-Carlisle Regional High community as well as the football team, where Ryan wore No. 5 and played for the Patriots.
Since his passing, the No. 5 jersey had not been worn until Saturday morning when C-C running and defensive back George Craan slipped it on. The Patriots’ ran to a 42-9 victory, capturing the MIAA Division 3 Eastern Mass. Super Bowl.
For the next year, the jersey will be showcased at the Hall at Patriot Place, where Ryan's number will be displayed along with championship teams from across New England.
Margaret (Marty) Ryan, Tyler’s mother, was at the game wearing her own replica No. 5 C-C jersey. She felt a flood of emotions after the game, but they were all good.
“I am elated, I am touched, I am happy for the guys," Mrs. Ryan said. "I am happy for my son who I felt was out there today."
The tribute by Craan was all Craan’s doing -- albeit, it was partially by mistake.
While preparing for Tuesday’s playoff game, Craan could not find his jersey. Concord-Carlisle athletic director Barry Haley put it plain and simple to Craan: "If you don’t find the jersey, you can’t play."
"You should have seen the look on his face,” joked Haley, who was amused at Craan’s mimed response.
There was some discussion about what jersey Craan would wear in the place of his own jersey, No. 15, and the No. 5 jersey was the closest match they had that a running back could wear. Craan discussed the potential of sporting Ryan’s number with Mrs. Ryan and shortly thereafter, the matter was settled.
Craan would pay homage to his former teammate at Gillette in the Super Bowl by playing in the jersey.
“I'm feeling really proud, I know he’s looking down on us today,” said Craan, donning the jersey after the game with “5” written over the tape on his right wrist and “R.I.P TyRy” across the tape on the left wrist. “We wanted this ever since freshman year and all of us have been together. We talked about it. Our motto is conceive, believe achieve… hard work pays off.”
“Tyler was a great kid,” C-C head coach Mike Robichaud said. “It’s a wonderful tribute and made it extra special that we could actually pull it off with a win today. It says a lot about George, a lot about Tyler. The kids love him so much and honor his memory.
For Robichaud, the victory was bittersweet as well.
In October of 2007, Coach Robichaud lost his mother, Mrs. Carol Marie Robichaud, and said that she was on his mind during the game and after.
“We know that that she’s looking down and she is really happy for all of us,” Robichaud said.
Joining him in his post game interview were his son, Will, who is also the team’s water boy, and his dad, legendary C-C coach Al Robichaud. Although he will always be called coach, the elder Robichaud wore his varsity jacket and held a camera taking pictures of his son, the same as every other proud parent in the crowd.
“He’s the greatest,” said Al of his son in response to Mike sharing the same sentiment for his father. “He means everything to me, he’s my role model. I’m so proud to be in the profession that he was in for so many years, to try to follow in his footsteps, it’s an honor to be doing this today.”
Keeping the legacy of her son alive, Mrs. Ryan relayed what Tyler would say were he on the concourse at Gillette Stadium about his former team's victory:
“It’s wonderful, it’s a game, but the most important thing in life is kindness to everybody else.”
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