Aside from an early miscue the Weston High varsity football team kept things well under control in its game at Oxford.
The Trojans fumbled on their first possession, which turned into an early lead for the hosts. They did not give them many opportunities after that a the Trojans won 32-14 on Saturday, Sept. 22.
Oxford started on its own 40 yard line after the opening kickoff went out of bounds. It eventually surrendered the ball to the Trojans, but they fumbled on their own 29 yard line.
The hosts took advantage of this early miscue and scored on a five-yard touchdown run by quarterback Brennan Diaz with 6:37 left in the first quarter. The extra point was good, making the score 7-0.
“We gave them a free one,” said Weston head coach Joe Lato of the turnover.
Weston would not be denied the next drive as Zach Cannon scored on a 69-yard run only 1:01 later. The extra point was good, making the score 7-7 with 5:36 left in the first quarter.
Tyler Hassett, who had a role in five total touchdowns the week before, intercepted a pass the next drive and returned it 76 yards for a touchdown. Although the extra point missed, the Trojans led 13-7 with 3:16 left in the first quarter.
Oxford was unable to move the ball into scoring position on its next drive and had to punt, giving the Trojans the ball on their own 35 yard line. They marched down to the Oxford’s 27 and Hassett found Schaffer, who jumped up and caught the ball between two defenders and held on in the end zone for the touchdown. After another missed extra point Weston led 19-7 with 9:47 left in the first half.
Oxford had two apparent touchdowns called back due to penalties. Chris Vankamerik had returned a kickoff for a touchdown that was called back by a holding call. The second touchdown called back would have been a running score by Diaz. On both series Oxford had to punt the ball away.
Cannon was not in action in the second half, having his shoulder wrapped for precautionary reasons.
Weston started the second half off with the ball, but failed on fourth down at the Oxford 20. The rest of the third quarter there was no score, and neither team had much luck moving the ball.
At the start of the fourth quarter Oxford converted a fourth down and five situation and got to Weston’s 35 yard line, but fumbled the ball. Austin Gomar knocked the ball lose and it was recovered by Sam Panton. The forced fumble was not the only help Gomar gave his team this game, he also had 2.5 sacks for 25 yards.
“Austin Gomar was amazing today,” said Lato. “We had some subs in there, we had some kids step up in there today.”
The scoring picked up again in the fourth quarter when Weston found the end zone again on a 55-yard rushing touchdown by Panton with 7:07 left in the game.
Oxford scored on the next possession on a five-yard touchdown run by Marcus Esteves. It tacked on the extra point to make it 25-14 with 4:41 left.
The Wolverines failed to recover the onside kick and saw Weston score again, this time on a 25 yard rushing touchdown by Hassett with 2:04 left in the game. The extra point was good and the score 32-14.
“Our line gelled in the second half, a lot of good things happened,” said Lato “I was proud of our o-line today too.”
Schaffer intercepted an Oxford pass and that sealed the game as Weston went into victory formation.
Now 2-0, Weston visits Pomperaug on Friday at 7 p.m.