BEDFORD — After senior running back Jeff Adegbe trotted into the end zone, the ensuing play seemed like a formality. Trailing, 7-6, Concord-Carlisle coach Mike Robichaud sent his kicking unit out in hopes of tying rival Bedford before the end of the first half, but the kick by Abigail Ojemann sailed wide right.
Then came a flag. Roughing the kicker was the call. Ojemann was shaken up on the play. With little time to react, Robichaud sent out his offense for the 2-point conversion. Quarterback Austin Hoey found wide receiver Andrew Kielar in the end zone to give the Patriots an 8-7 lead.
Not thinking points would be that hard to come by, Robichaud was just happy to have the lead at halftime. As it came to pass, that 2-point conversion was the deciding factor Friday night, as the Patriots took down the Buccaneers, 8-7.
“We didn’t have a lot of time to think it through,” said Robichaud. “We went into a set that we like to use and the guys executed the play. It turned out to be huge. We didn’t think it was going to be that big at the time.”
While the Patriots (3-0, 1-0 Dual County Small) came out on top, it was Bedford (2-1, 0-1) which initially looked poised for a big game. On C-C’s first drive, Bedford’s Dakota Fox Tree-McGrath recovered a botched handoff at the Buccaneer 26, ending a 55-yard drive.
As time was winding down in the first quarter, quarterback Joe Zampell found wide receiver Mike Hayes in the end zone for a 21-yard strike and a 7-0 Bedford lead.
With the Patriot offense having spent much of the first quarter on the sideline, sophomore running back Kejuan Farquharson (8 carries, 60 yards in the first half) made the most of his carries in the second. After gaining possession at the Patriot 35, Farquharson rushed four times for 38 yards, including a 23-yard dash that helped set up first and goal from the Bedford 5-yard line.
On third and goal, Adegbe (14 rushes, 46 yards) broke right, waited behind his linemen until a hole opened, and trotted in from the 6. Hoey’s 2-point conversion followed.