Football: Weston hangs on in overtime

A shaky first half performance did not follow the Weston High football team into the second when it visited Bunnell last week.

The Trojans put themselves in a hole early and trailed for most of the first half on Friday, Oct. 12. Much of the second was put to good use as they battled back to force overtime before winning 27-20.

It was the fifth straight win for Weston, which remains unbeaten at 5-0.

The Trojans had some difficulty in the beginning. After receiving the kickoff the visitors fumbled and Bunnell recovered, setting up a 10-yard run by Justin Townsend to put his team up 6-0 with 10 minutes left in the first quarter. The Bulldogs missed the extra point.

It did not take the Trojans long to respond. Zach Cannon returned the ensuing kickoff 47 yards to give his team good field position and set up a 10-yard run by quarterback Tyler Hassett with nine minutes left in the first quarter. Zach Cannon kicked the extra point and the Trojans led 7-6.

Bunnell’s defense tightened up after that, keeping the Trojans off the board for the remainder of the half. In the meantime it regained the lead with a pair of touchdowns.

One came on a pass from Bryan Castelot to Nolan Aurelia, which was good for 80 yards for the score with six minutes to go in the first quarter. Although the run for two points failed the Bulldogs were back in the lead at 12-7.

The defenses battled for the remainder of the half but with a minute to go Terrence N’Dabian ran 30 yards for the score and then found the end zone on the two-point conversion that put the Bulldogs up 20-7 at halftime.

Not only did the Trojans’ defense step up for the second half, holding the Bulldogs scoreless, they slowly began to close the gap on their opponent. They drew a step closer when Erik Dammen-Brower completed a 55-yard pass to Tom McGlone on a reverse play for a touchdown. Cannon kicked the extra point and the Trojans were within striking distance.

It remained a 20-14 game until four minutes remained in regulation time. A fake punt on fourth down helped the Trojans keep a drive alive and Hassett later found the end zone from a yard out on fourth down.

However, the Bulldogs blocked the extra point, ultimately sending the game into overtime.

On Weston’s first possession of the extra period Hassett hit McGlone with a five-yard pass for the touchdown and with the extra point the Trojans were back on top. The Bulldogs did threaten but fumbled on their first overtime series. Aaron Pomerance recovered and Weston sealed the win.

Hassett rushed for 95 yards and threw for 270. Justin Schaffer caught nine passes for 174 yards and Cannon had 83. McGlone finished with 53.

Pomerance had a busy day on defense with 12 tackles, including a sack. Dammen-Brower and Sam Panton had seven apiece.

Weston, now 5-0, visits New Fairfield on Friday at 7 p.m.

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