Weston football stays perfect with rout of Immaculate
Updated 7:39 pm, Saturday, October 6, 2012
WESTON -- Tyler Hassett couldn't hold back his smile.
Just eight days after engineering Weston to what Hassett called, "probably the biggest (win) in our history," the senior quarterback was on the sidelines, standing helmetless and basking in the glow of a surprising 4-0 start.
And by the end of the Trojans' latest triumph, a 48-20 rout of Immaculate, Hassett could breathe a little easier.
"It's awesome," he said, putting his team's perfect start in perspective.
Hassett accounted for four touchdowns from scrimmage and also returned a punt 50 yards for a score as Weston built a 35-0 lead at halftime.
"He does a great job every week. He's a great quarterback for us," Weston head coach Joe Lato said.
Immaculate fell to 0-4 on the season and has lost 30 straight games dating back to Oct. 10, 2009.
Hassett finished the afternoon with 117 yards on 6-of-9 passing, to go along with 83 yards rushing, before splitting snaps with sophomore Spencer Turkel in the second half with the commanding lead in hand.
On its opening drive, Weston moved the ball 76 yards on nine plays, and went up 7-0 less than four minutes in on Hassett's 1-yard run. That was just the start of a highly productive afternoon for the Trojans' offense, as they scored touchdowns on four of their five possessions in the first half.
"Last week came down to the last play on offense. This one we kind of blew them out in the first half," said Hassett, who led Weston to a come-from-behind win over Pomperaug (its first over the Panthers since 1990) a week earlier.
"They did what they've been doing and they did it very well. There's a reason they're undefeated," Immaculate head coach Tom Taylor said. "They really made us look very bad in the first half on both ends of the ball."
Weston's defense was equally as explosive and put the clamps down on Immaculate early by generating pressure in the backfield. The Mustangs gained just 54 yards on 27 plays and recorded only two first downs in the first half.
Both of those first downs came on long runs by senior running back James Coppola, who gained 56 yards on the ground in the first half, and returned a kick 70 yards for a score in the third quarter.
"We basically just told them, `If we don't stop those two blitzing middle linebackers, we're probably going to lose 100 yards on the day.' We made some adjustments," Taylor said.
Immaculate got on the board on its opening play in the second half on sophomore wide receiver Darel Bowman's 64-yard catch-and-run from freshman quarterback Matt Ryan. The pair also connected for a 49-yard scoring strike with 11:50 remaining to cut the deficit to 48-20.
Lato opened the half with his reserves on defense but he put the starters back on the field once Immaculate's offense started to produce.
"The starters did a good job. ... It was a weird game. I wanted to get them out of there but our young guys were struggling," Lato said.
Hassett threw his second and final touchdown of the day--a 33-yard connection with senior wide receiver Zach Cannon--to make it 41-8 with 8:47 left in the third. Panton capped the Trojans' scoring with a 3-yard burst into the end zone later in the quarter.
"Our offense was rolling and our defense was rolling," Hassett said.
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WESTON 48, IMMACULATE 20
IMMACULATE 0 0 14 6--20
WESTON 14 21 13 0--48
W--Tyler Hassett 1 run (Zach Cannon kick)
W--Sam Panton 1 run (Cannon kick)
W--Hassett 50 punt return (Cannon kick)
W--Erik Dammen-Brower 21 pass from Hassett (Cannon kick)
W--Hassett 15 run (Cannon kick)
I--Darel Bowman 64 pass from Matt Ryan (Ryan run)
W--Cannon 33 pass from Hassett (Kick blocked)
I--James Coppola 70 kick return (2-point try failed)
W--Panton 3 run (Cannon kick)
I--Bowman 49 pass from Ryan (2-point try failed)
Records: Immaculate 0-4; Weston 4-0.