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Tide puts on a football party for the city

  • Concord's Matthew Campbell points to the bleechers and yells, "Undefeated," trying to get the crowd to start a chant towards the end of the fourth quarter against Pinkerton. Concord went on to win the game 42-14 to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Matthew Campbell points to the bleechers and yells, "Undefeated," trying to get the crowd to start a chant towards the end of the fourth quarter against Pinkerton. Concord went on to win the game 42-14 to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.
    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.
    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.
    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.
    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.
    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.
    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Pinkerton's Emmanuel Latimore soars threw the air after a hit by Concord's Leo Sudieh during the Division I State Football Champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013. Concord went on to win the game, 42-14.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Pinkerton's Emmanuel Latimore soars threw the air after a hit by Concord's Leo Sudieh during the Division I State Football Champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013. Concord went on to win the game, 42-14.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Matthew Campbell points to the bleechers and yells, "Undefeated," trying to get the crowd to start a chant towards the end of the fourth quarter against Pinkerton. Concord went on to win the game 42-14 to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Matthew Campbell points to the bleechers and yells, "Undefeated," trying to get the crowd to start a chant towards the end of the fourth quarter against Pinkerton. Concord went on to win the game 42-14 to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Kate Dasey, 17, a senior, congratulates her boyfriend, Nicholas Comeau, after Concord defeated Pinkerton 42-14 to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Kate Dasey, 17, a senior, congratulates her boyfriend, Nicholas Comeau, after Concord defeated Pinkerton 42-14 to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Kate Dasey, 17, a senior, congratulates her boyfriend, Nicholas Comeau, after Concord defeated Pinkerton 42-14 to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Kate Dasey, 17, a senior, congratulates her boyfriend, Nicholas Comeau, after Concord defeated Pinkerton 42-14 to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Kate Dasey, 17, a senior, congratulates her boyfriend, Nicholas Comeau, after Concord defeated Pinkerton 42-14 to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Kate Dasey, 17, a senior, congratulates her boyfriend, Nicholas Comeau, after Concord defeated Pinkerton 42-14 to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Matthew Campbell points to the bleechers and yells, "Undefeated," trying to get the crowd to start a chant towards the end of the fourth quarter against Pinkerton. Concord went on to win the game 42-14 to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Pinkerton's Emmanuel Latimore soars threw the air after a hit by Concord's Leo Sudieh during the Division I State Football Champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013. Concord went on to win the game, 42-14.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord's Matthew Campbell points to the bleechers and yells, "Undefeated," trying to get the crowd to start a chant towards the end of the fourth quarter against Pinkerton. Concord went on to win the game 42-14 to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord's Kate Dasey, 17, a senior, congratulates her boyfriend, Nicholas Comeau, after Concord defeated Pinkerton 42-14 to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School defeated Pinkerton to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord's Kate Dasey, 17, a senior, congratulates her boyfriend, Nicholas Comeau, after Concord defeated Pinkerton 42-14 to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord's Kate Dasey, 17, a senior, congratulates her boyfriend, Nicholas Comeau, after Concord defeated Pinkerton 42-14 to become the division I state football champions at Memorial Field in Concord on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

For the city.

They’ve been repeating the mantra from early in the season. Sure, it was about winning a football championship for Concord High School, but it was much more than that. It was about giving the state’s capital city something to come together for, a team of talented and thoughtful young men to rally around.

Yesterday, the Concord High football team completed its quest. The Crimson Tide not only brought home the school’s first football state championship since 2000, it did so in dominating fashion, beating perennial power Pinkerton, 42-14, to finish the season with 12 wins and no

losses, stamping an exclamation point on the first undefeated, untied season in the program’s 116-year history.

“I think that Concord really needed a championship. I think that Concord really needed something to bring us all together,” said junior linebacker Will Scharlotte, who had a blocked punt, recovered an onside kick and generally wreaked havoc on the defensive side of the ball. “When you look around and see how packed these stands were and how long the line was out through the parking lot, I think that really shows how much we have the city behind us. And that’s really great.”

As the first quarter ended with Concord trailing, 7-6, the last in a line five-wide that extended up the parking lot hill and down South Fruit Street nearly to Clinton Street entered Memorial Field. Though many missed the game’s first two touchdowns, it was as if Concord was waiting for the announced crowd of 5,684 to fully arrive before fully unleashing its fury.

Then, in a span of less than six minutes in the second quarter, the Tide scored three times, turning a one-point deficit into a 28-7 lead and bringing the crowd to its feet as Concord headed to the locker room under the main grandstand at halftime.

It had been 13 years since Concord hosted the state title game, 13 years since the championship plaque rested in the arms of a Crimson Tide player. Even longer, however, was a season quite like this one.

The last time Concord constructed an undefeated regular season was in 1982, when the Tide and Spaulding both went into the season finale undefeated, with the winner earning home field for the championship game two weeks later. Concord went to Rochester and overcame a 7-0 deficit in the final minutes, with Randy Strople running in from 3 yards out, then Coach Don Lebrun’s gutsy call to go for the win, with Chris Lyons connecting with Chris Milligan for the 2-point conversion pass.

“Beating Spaulding in Rochester, then on the way home having a police escort, that was memorable,” said Tim Daniels, a sophomore center and defensive tackle on that ’82 team whose son Ryan is a senior lineman on this year’s team.

The euphoria of that win disappeared two weeks later, however, when Spaulding came to Memorial Field and ruined the Tide’s perfect season with a 19-0 victory. In those days, the playoffs consisted of just the championship game, with only the top two teams from the regular season moving on. Now, a team must win three playoff games to be crowned state champion.

And this year’s edition was determined to complete the season with a victory.

Aside from the final outcome, similarities abound between the two seasons. Concord beat the defending champ in both years (Portsmouth in ’82, Exeter in ’13). Both teams pulled out overtime wins (against Salem in ’82, Pinkerton in ’13), and both teams spread it out offensively with a balanced running and aerial attack.

The Daniels pair isn’t the only relationship, either. Milligan’s nephew is this year’s starting center, Kyle Cushman.

“The tightness of the family of football, it was evident then and now. In order to be good you have to have that camaraderie, you have to live together like family,” Tim Daniels said.

It’s a family that this year’s team extended citywide.

“It means everything for me because of what it means for the city,” senior linebacker Logan Lamoureux said before the game. “It’s been a while since the city’s had something to be proud of like this.”

Not only did the team capture the attention of Concord, it brought back countless former players to Memorial Field. Three members of the 2000 championship team – DJ Proulx, Mike Smith and Brian Roberge – manned the chain gang for all three playoff games. Glenn Mathews represented the ’82 squad by speaking at Friday’s in-school pep rally. And a throng of players from the 1974 championship team that went 10-1 arrived together to support their legacies.

“I could feel the love from the beginning of the game,” said senior Seimou Smith, who had four catches for 106 yards and a highlight-reel touchdown. “It was truly done for the city today, and the city came out and we had a blast together.”

(Sandy Smith can be reached at 369-3339 or ssmith@cmonitor.com.)

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Marc Gaudet could contain himself no longer. The traditional handshake line behind him, Concord’s senior captain sprinted toward the end zone, shouting at the top of his lungs: “YES! YESSS! UNDEFEATED!” Four long years of grueling practices, of nagging injuries, of blood, sweat and tears. Three years of never reaching the playoffs. And, yes, finally, his Crimson Tide football team … 0

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