WESTON ---- Weston got all it could handle from Bethel through three quarters Saturday before the Trojans were able to prevail 33-20 on Senior Day.
With the score tied 20-20, Weston sophomore Peter Lummis blocked a 25-yard field goal in the final seconds of the third quarter and the Trojans began to impose their will on the Wildcats. A 37-yard Justin Schaffer run set up Weston at the Bethel 4-yard line before Lummis found his way into the end zone on the next play to give the Trojans a 27-20 lead.
Later in the quarter, after a 41-yard completion from Tyler Hassett to Schaffer and a pass interference set the Trojans up at the Bethel 4, Lummis ran into the end zone for a 33-20 lead.
"This was a gutty performance," Weston head coach Joe Lato said. "Bethel's record (2-5 coming into the game) is not indicative of how good they are and how good of players they have over there."
Lato said Lummis' performance was a must.
"We needed that from Peter," he said. "We were hoping to get something out of him and we did."
Lummis was humble about his late-game performance.
"I think we all played pretty well," he said. "I'm pretty happy with how I played but I'm excited that as a team we played very well today."
Bethel jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a 13-yard touchdown run by James Giannone, before taking a 12-point punch by Weston on scoring runs by Sam Panton and Hassett from 9 and 17 yards, respectively. The Wildcats fought back to retake the lead 13-12 on a 59-yard scoring run by Zach Farrell.
After Weston retook the lead 20-13 on a Schaffer 8-yard run and his subsequent two-point conversion run, Bethel quarterback Joe Piatnik scored from 23 yards out to tie the score 20-20 at the half.
Bethel head coach Jason Gill said his team gave Weston a little too much help.
"We made a couple mistakes, I thought," Gill said. "Weston is a good football team and you can't afford to make mistakes against a team like Weston."
However, Gill spoke proudly of his team's fight.
"We never quit, even when our backs were against the wall," he said.
Lato chalked up the second half to his team just getting a little better at everything, including conditioning.
"We stepped up on defense and moved the ball a little more," he said. "We take a lot of pride in our conditioning here, and down the stretch it helped."
Weston was able to move the ball well on the ground--scoring five touchdowns--while using its run option.
"They did exactly what we thought they would," Gill said. "When you face an option team you have to make three tackles per play and if you don't, they can get good gains, it's that simple."
The game was the last at home for the Trojans' senior class. Lato, whose team is now 7-1, called the class one of the greatest the Trojans have had. For Hassett, and many of his teammates, it was a bittersweet day.
"I'm going to miss playing here at Weston High School and on this field," Hassett said. "We're all brothers in this class and I'm going to miss everyone so much next year."
The Trojans will face their toughest test of the season on Thursday when they visit unbeaten Masuk.
"We've just got to rally the troops for this quick turnaround and get ready for Masuk," Lato said.
WESTON 33, BETHEL 20
BETHEL 6 14 0 0----20
WESTON 12 8 0 13----33
B----James Giannone 13 run (kick failed)
W----Sam Panton 9 run (kick failed)
W----Tyler Hassett 17 run (kick failed)
B----Zach Farrell 59 run (Cal Daniels kicked)
W----Justin Schaffer 8 run (Shaffer run)
B----Joe Piatnik 23 run (Daniels kick)
W----Peter Lummis 4 run (Justin Wrynn kick)
W----Lummis 4 run (kick failed)
Records: Bethel 2-6; Weston 7-1