Falci leads Trojan gridders past New Milford
Senior quad-captain quarterback Joe Falci is back on the field and is making it tough for the Weston football team's opponents. Falci rushed for 117 yards on seven carries and was 1-2 passing for 30 yards on Friday in a 36-21 victory at New Milford.
"I try to help the team run smoothly and not have all the pressure on [senior quad-captain tailback] Eddie [Hutchins]," Falci said. "I try to add another dimension on offense."
While Falci was out with an injury, the Trojans, who raised their record to 4-3, centered their offense mostly around Hutchins. New Milford dropped to 1-6.
"Joey has made a huge difference," Hutchins said. `It's a big relief getting him back and he's able to run, throw and spread out the ball."
Overall, Weston rushed for 385 yards on 50 carries and finished the game with 430 net yards.
"I thought we played very well on offense and defense," Trojans Coach Joe Lato said. "Except for one bad special teams play and one breakdown in the [defensive] secondary, we did very well."
The Green Wave took a 7-0 lead when senior quad-captain Matt Becker returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for the touchdown.
"We only talk about how to get better every day and fix what we don't do well," Lato said. "The first thing we worked on in practice was our kickoff coverage."
Weston senior quad-captain Jack Crowell returned the ensuing kickoff 15 yards to midfield. Falci converted a third-and-long with a 30-yard pass to sophomore Tyler Hassett.
"The first receiver wasn't open and I figured Hassett could get past the defender and I passed it to him," Falci said.
Senior Jacob Spencer was the intended receiver. Hutchins, who rushed for 158 yards on 28 carries, capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. The kick was no good and New Milford led, 7-6.
"Everyone was blocking really well and the team ran well," Hutchins said.
The Trojans took the lead for good at 8-7 when the Green Wave's snap on a punt attempt sailed out of the end zone. Weston started its next drive on its 40 and Falci's 51-yard run set up Hutchins' 1-yard touchdown run to give the Trojans a 14-7 lead after one quarter.
Falci opened up the scoring in the second quarter with a 25-yard touchdown run on a drive that began at midfield. Junior JD Simons kicked the extra point to make it 21-7.
Hutchins came back with a 60-yard kickoff return to the Green Wave 30. Falci capped the drive with a 20-yard touchdown run. Simons' kick made it 28-14, which was the halftime score.
"The line opened up a few holes, I made a few cuts and ran from there," Falci said.
Before the half, Falci intercepted a Bradshaw pass and returned it 30 yards. He suffered a small injury and Lato sat him out in the second half as a precautionary measure. Falci will play tomorrow at home against Stratford.
Hassett took over at quarterback in the second half and threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to junior Matt Keeney in the third quarter to make it 34-14.
New Milford intercepted a Hassett pass in the fourth quarter and Becker capitalized with a 5-yard touchdown run to make it 34-21. The Trojans closed out the scoring when Bradshaw tried to punt but because of a bad snap, ran out of the end zone for the safety.
Spencer, Crowell and senior quad-captain Drew Clevinger had sacks for Weston. Hutchins and Spencer had six tackles each while Crowell and senior Carmine Magnoli each had five tackles. Freshman Danny Rogers rushed for 85 yards on seven carries.
"It's a pretty big win coming off of two losses," Hutchins said.
A Trojan win tomorrow and they will clinch at least a .500 season for the first time since 2003.
"This year's senior class is clicking and everyone is on the same page," Falci said. "We do tons of conditioning in the offseason. We all have a job and get it done.