Pacheco, New Fairfield football run over previously unbeaten Weston
Updated 12:14 am, Saturday, October 20, 2012
NEW FAIRFIELD -- Mike McCourt bobbled a snap Friday night. It was nothing out of the ordinary.
New Fairfield's junior quarterback, who's been thrust into that role in place of injured senior starter Mike Jamieson, swiftly scooped up that bobbled snap to avoid further damage. Again, it was a play that won't end up on any highlight reels.
But what followed--Jamieson recovering from the potential blunder in time to handoff to senior running back Joe Pacheco for a run--might qualify as special if not for the fact that extraordinary runs are now the norm for the Rebels' star. Pacheco churned and pumped and pushed through the Weston defensive line for a 7-yard score.
Pacheco ran for 238 yards on 28 carries and scored four of the Rebels' six rushing touchdowns in a 42-21 demolition of previously unbeaten Weston on Friday evening.
A somewhat unknown commodity coming into the season, Pacheco and his 1,400-plus rushing yards are a surprise to no one at this point. That doesn't mean anyone's figured out how to stop him.
"They put nine in the box and he's still breaking through and he's finding holes and he's finding creases," Rebels head oach Anthony Fata said. "He's a special talent and I'm lucky to have him on my side."
Weston quarterback Tyler Hassett threw his first of two long touchdown strikes on the second play from scrimmage to stake the Trojans to a brief lead.
After the Rebels (4-2) punted on their first possession, they forced a three-and-out and promptly tied the game on Pacheco's first touchdown, a 57-yard burst. McCourt capped a bruising drive on the Rebels' ensuing possession to make it 13-7, and the home team, celebrating its Homecoming, never looked back.
"Our O-line comes to dominate," said Pacheco. "We know they're going to be keying on me, so we try different things with the line and line me up in different spots. ... It's amazing. This is the only Senior Night we'll have. I'm happy to win it with the people I'm with. I've played with these guys since Pop Warner."
Trailing 21-14 at halftime, a key sequence that began late in the third quarter effectively buried the Trojans (5-1). Following a six-play, 77-yard march that ended with Pacheco's third score, a 35-yard run, Hassett was stripped at the Trojans' 40-yard line. Pacheco ran for 33 yards on the next play and followed that with his fourth touchdown to put the Rebels up 35-14 1:30 into the fourth quarter.
"Obviously there were a lot of broken tackles. (Pacheco) is a great running back," Weston head coach Joe Lato said. "He's probably the best back in the league. He's very quick. He breaks tackles. He does it all."
Hassett's 2-yard rushing touchdown made it 35-21 midway through the fourth. Nick Guardi added a 35-yard rushing touchdown for the Rebels to cap the scoring.
Weston led 7-0 in the first quarter on running back Sam Panton's 60-yard touchdown catch from Hassett.
NEW FAIRFIELD 42, WESTON 21
WESTON 7 7 0 7--21
NEW FAIRFIELD 7 14 7 7 --42
W -- Sam Panton 60 pass from Tyler Hassett (Zach Cannon kick)
NF -- Joe Pacheco 57 run (Anthony Dagastino kick)
NF -- Mike McCourt 1 run (kick blocked)
W -- Zach Cannon 25 pass from Hassett (Cannon kick)
NF -- Pacheco 11 run (McCourt run)
NF -- Pacheco 35 run (Dagastino kick)
NF -- Pacheco 7 run (Dagastino kick)
W -- Hassett 2 run (Cannon kick)
NF -- Nick Guardi 35 run (Dagastino kick)
Records: Weston 5-1; New Fairfield 4-2.