A strong second-half performance was the right formula for the Weston High varsity football team when it hosted Bethel.
The Trojans were tied with their opponent heading into halftime. With their defense stepping up the best was yet to come for the Trojans in a 33-20 win on Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 10.
The day also featured a ceremony recognizing Zach Cannon, Aaron Pomerance, Tyler Hassett, Justin Schaffer, Mickey Smith, Austin Gomar, Jimmy Brasco, Jack Hamilton and Tom McGlone, who were playing in their final home game.
“We are tight,” said quarterback Hassett. “We’re all brothers. I am going to miss them so much next year.”
The Wildcats would not go down easily, however. Receiving the opening kickoff, they started a 58-yard scoring drive that included a few third down conversions and was capped off by James Giannone’s 15-yard touchdown run. They missed the extra point attempt but led 6-0 with 7:18 left in the first quarter.
Weston answered with a score of its own, beginning on its own 35. Running back Peter Lummis took Weston to the Bethel 49 on first down and converted on a
fourth and two situation at the Bethel 41 to keep the drive going. The Trojans scored on a 16-yard jaunt by running back Sam Panton with 3:10 left in the first quarter to make it 6-6.
Bethel went three-and-out on its next series and Hassett returned the punt 60 yards to the Bethel 25. It only took two plays for the Trojans to score, this time on 17-yard run by Hassett that came with only 39 seconds left in the first quarter. It again missed the extra point but led 12-6.
Both teams exchanged punts before Bethel scored on a 59-yard run by Zach Farrell with eight minutes left in the first half, making the score 13-12 with the extra point. Weston answered again, this time on a nine-yard run by Schaffer, who also scored the two-point conversion to make it 20-13 with 4:50 to go in the first half.
id score again in the first half with 1:32 left on a 22-yard run by quarterback Joseph Piatnik to tie it at 20-20. A 32-yard pass by Erik Dammen-Brower to Lummis helped the Trojans advance on their next series but the half ended without them finding the end zone.
The second half was all Weston as it shut out the Wildcats. Schaffer and Lummis blocked a Wildcat field goal attempt at the end of the third quarter and Lummis scored from five yards out on the Trojan drive that followed with 10:06 left in the game. Kicker Max Carroll added the extra point to make it 27-20. Lummis would find the end zone again with 4:13 remaining in the game to make 33-20.
“We needed that,” said Weston head coach Joe Lato on Lummis’s performance. “We were hoping to get that going. He did provide the spark we needed.”
He also felt the team stepped up on defense in the fourth quarter. Offensively it moved the ball a little more and made good blocks.
Hassett completed 10 of 13 passes for 156 yards. He rushed for 88 and Schaffer had 99 with 88 yards receiving. Lummis finished with 52.
Pomerance led in tackles with 10 and Gomar had nine. The former had two sacks and the latter one and they also combined for one.
Now 7-1, Weston visits Masuk on T
hursday at 7.