"Defense wins games" is not just a football cliche, it's a fact. Proof was evident Saturday when the Weston High football team defeated Immaculate, 29-12, at home on the strength of its defense. Weston's record improved to 3-1, while Immaculate dropped to 1-3.

"We never panicked on defense," Trojans Coach Joe Lato said. "The one score our defense allowed was a technique issue and it was more attention to detail."

Senior Carmine Magnoli spearheaded Weston's defense with eight tackles, four quarterback pressures, two sacks and two fumble recoveries. His first fumble recovery was at the Mustang 38-yard line in the first quarter.

"I just saw the ball on the ground and I jumped on it," Magnoli said.

That recovery set up senior quad-captain Eddie Hutchins' 3-yard touchdown run. Junior J.D. Simons kicked the extra point and the Trojans led, 7-0.

Immaculate scored twice in the second quarter with senior tri-captain Greg Wax throwing a 43-yard touchdown pass to junior Dan McCorkle. Magnoli's tackle of Wax nixed the 2-point conversion attempt and Weston led, 7-6.

Fumbling was an issue for the Trojans as they lost three balls. Mustang junior Sheldon Irving took advantage of one fumble and returned it 62 yards for the score. The pass for 2 points was no good.

Weston took the lead for good when sophomore Aaron Pomerance recovered Hutchins' fumble in the end zone with 2:58 remaining in the half. Hutchins ran it in for the 2-point conversion and the Trojans led 15-12 at the break.

In the second half, senior Jamie Terrell had an 11-yard touchdown run with 2:52 left in the third quarter. Hutchins threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to junior Matt Keeney with 6:52 to go in the game off the wildcat formation. Simons kicked both extra points.