Throwing two touchdown passes and scoring three himself, quarterback Tyler Hassett led the Weston High varsity football team to a 46-18 win over Notre Dame of Fairfield to start the season on Saturday, Sept. 15.
“He can do it all,” said Weston head coach Joe Lato. “He can run the option, and throw.”
The game started off slowly, however, as neither team could reach the end zone in the first quarter, Weston could have put have put points on the board, but a three-yard run into the end zone by Justin Schaffer was nullified by a holding call. That drove the Trojans back ten yards, and they ultimately missed on a field goal attempt.
Weston did get an opportunity early in the second quarter. After partially blocking a Lancer punt, Weston took over on its opponent’s 27 yard line. On fourth and three Zach Cannon scored on an eight yard rush with 9:57 left in the half.
Notre Dame fullback Hakim Fleming tied the game up at 6-6 with a two yard touchdown run with 6:41.
Despite punting on its next series Weston got the ball back when the Lancers fumbled the kick and Schaffer recovered. On the next play he caught a 24-yard pass from Hassett, which put the Trojans on the one yard line. Hassett then scored with 2:43 left in the half.
As time was winding down in the first half the Trojans managed to score again. With 16 seconds left to go Hassett hit Erik Dammen-Brower for an 18-yard reception and the score. After the game Lato said that scoring play was drawn up by his players.
The second half started off with back to back turnovers. The Trojan offense was able to capitalize on Notre Dame’s fumble when Hassett again found Browner-Dammen for a six-yard touchdown pass.
That scoring drive was the first of three for the Trojans in the third quarter, compared to the one for the Lancers, coming on a 62-yard run by running back Marcus Fulton. Both teams found the end zone in the fourth quarter just once.
Lato felt that Notre Dame came out with great defense. He gave its coaching staff credit because he saw a lot of things from Notre Dame that his team was not expecting. He said that the Lancers had improved, that they tackled well, and were headed in the right direction.
As for his own defense, he said they were young, and could work on certain things like stopping big plays. It did take the ball away five times. Cannon and Blake Wertlieb each had interceptions. Weston also recovered two mishandled punts by the Lancers, and Jim Brasco recovered a fumble.
Weston, now 1-0, visits Oxford on Saturday at 12 noon.