CONCORD, Mass. –- One point and one yard proved to be the difference on Friday night as the Wayland Warriors (6-3) defeated the Concord-Carlisle Patriots 14-13 in overtime.
The win gives Wayland the edge in the Dual County League Small Race as they stand at 2-0 in league with two more games to play in the regular season. The win is also Wayland’s first over the three-time defending Dual County Small champion Patriots since 2007.
“It was just a great effort from the team all around,” Wayland head coach Scott Parseghian said after the game. “We are very excited right now.”
In a damp and raw evening on the gridiron, it was both teams’ defenses that shined through. With the game tied at 7-7 at the end of regulation the two teams entered their first overtime game of the season.
Wayland scored the opening touchdown in overtime as senior signal caller Matthew Goddard found tight end Kurt Straube on a 10-yard pass on second down to gave Wayland the 14-7 lead.
On the ensuing possession, Concord-Carlisle (4-5) dipped into their playbook as they executed a perfect halfback pass as senior running back Evan Boynton found sophomore quarterback Will Blumenberg on third down attempt for a 6-yard touchdown strike.
Trailing by one, Concord-Carlisle wasted little time, as they decided to go for two out of a timeout.
Blumenberg rolled right and did not see any open receivers so he tucked it under his right arm, dove for the pylon with his the ball extended, but he came up one yard short as host of Wayland defenders led by linebacker Matthew Devlin made the stop.
“I was actually thinking of going for two because I knew he was going to,” Parseghian said. “The defense just came up big.”
Devlin and the Warriors' defense stepped up when it counted all night, as they held Concord-Carlisle scoreless on two other crucial red zone opportunities along with a stop at the end of regulation.
“Defense is our strong point this year,” Parseghian stressed. “We are holding teams to under 10 points a game and we knew it was going to be a great effort.”
Wayland also received a strong defensive game from senior defensive back Dayleon McKenzie who had two big interceptions in the end zone on the evening, denying two C-C scoring attempts.
Senior Defensive End Tom Crowley stood out defensively for Concord-Carlisle as he made double-digit tackles and multiple tackles for losses on the night. Blumenberg also did a nice job in pass coverage for the Patriots.
Back-to-Back Early Scores: While both defenses were the story on the evening both offenses showed glimpses of excitement early as the games only two regulation touchdowns occurred on 25-yard-plus scoring strikes less than three minutes apart in the second quarter.
Goddard began the action when he found senior fullback William Gunshenan on a fourth down play that went for 25 yards and the game’s first score.
Blumenberg answered right back, as the athletic sophomore scrambled to his left and launched a 38-yard bomb to classmate Andrew Kielar for a touchdown.
What this means: The win gives Wayland the opportunity to control their own destiny if they win their final two games against Bedford and Weston.
Bedford (6-2, 2-0 in the DCL Small) poses a strong threat as they are currently tied atop the DCL Small with games against Wayland and Concord-Carlisle remaining.
Wayland also has the added benefit of hosting next Friday night’s game against Bedford at 7 p.m. along with their annual Turkey Day rivalry against neighboring Weston.
WAYLAND 14, CONCORD-CARLISLE 13
WAY (6-3) 0 7 15 0 7 --- 14
C-C (4-5) 0 7 0 0 6 --- 13
W- William Gunshenan 25 pass from Matthew Goddard (Eric Maclean kick)
C – Andrew Kielar 38 pass from Will Blumenberg (Evan Boynton kick)
W– Kurt Straube 9 pass from Goddard (Maclean kick)
C– Blumenberg 6 pass from Boynton (rush failed)