Cordisco's four touchdowns catapults Trojans past New Milford
The Weston football team Trojans (3-5) won its second straight game last Saturday, beating the New Milford Green Wave (2-6), 27-20. This is Weston's first winning streak ever under coach Joe Lato, who nevertheless says he is "Still striving to bring the program to another level."
The game started with Weston junior Eddie Hutchins returning New Milford's opening kickoff to the 34-yard line. The Trojans were able to move the ball downfield on their first possession, but a fourth-and-seven incomplete pass ended that opportunity.
Green Wave senior captain quarterback John Krafick completed a 70-yard touchdown pass to classmate Don Clady on the subsequent drive, but New Milford's two-point conversion was unsuccessful as Krafick was tackled just outside the endzone.
Weston senior Robbie Cordisco returned the ensuing kickoff 30 yards to his 32-yard line. On that drive, a completion to junior Joey Falci was followed by a 19-yard Cordisco run, but the Trojans were stopped when they could not complete a fourth-and-10 attempt.
New Milford stayed hot on its next possession, moving the ball 45 yards downfield before being stopped for a penalty. Nonetheless, Krafick was able to connect with Clady for another touchdown, and after a pass interference call on Weston during the Green Wave's first two-point conversion attempt gave them another chance. The second time around worked for New Milford and it led 14-0.
Cordisco received the following kickoff and a few plays later he ran the ball for a first down with thirty seconds left in the quarter. Hutchins followed with two rushes for a total of 33 yards and Weston had a first-and-10 at New Milford's 16. The Trojans' fourth-and-inches attempt at the 6 was successful and Cordisco then rushed into the end zone and kicked the extra point to cut the lead in half.
New Milford again had a long drive on its next possession, receiving the ball at its 23 and ending up with a third-and-goal just inches outside of the end zone. Senior John Kimberly scored for the Green Wave, but Weston blocked the extra-point attempt to keep the score at 20-7.
Trojan senior captain Ken Judge received the kickoff at the 16, and a few plays later, classmate Charlie Smith had a 40-yard reception to New Milford's 44. Freshman Sean Fumai was the next star, reaching up for a high throw and advancing down the field to the 13-yard line. Cordisco followed this with another touchdown run and his extra-point kick was good, bringing Weston to within six going at the half.
With 26.7 seconds left on the clock, New Milford intercepted a Cordisco pass, but Weston junior Jack Crowell picked off a Krafick attempt 15 seconds later to close it out.
Fumai, playing in just his second varsity game, has kept a level head and has not let his success get to him. "I think that since all of our [running] backs were hurt, I just had to do my best to step up and make plays."
Lato knows what the running back has become, though, and said, "We always knew Sean was a good player, but he's been the difference in these past two games."
Early in the second half, Crowell recovered a New Milford fumble. The Trojans then converted a fourth down on Smith's big play (101 total receiving yards), only to be stopped by a New Milford interception.
A few changes of possession later, Weston had a third-and-goal at the one yard line and Cordisco ran it in yet again for his third score of the game. The successful kick gave Weston its first lead of the game, 21-20, and this would be one it held the rest of the way.
"We came out at half time and we were fired up," said Cordisco. "We started driving the ball real well and the line play was also very good, which opened up a lot of opportunities."
Hutchins had a 13-yard run to the New Milford 28 late in the fourth quarter, where he was brought down by Green Wave captain Austin Swim. On the next play, Hutchins kept progressing downfield, and got the ball inside the five with 1:45 to go. Weston took a timeout before a third-and-goal attempt and it paid off as Cordisco completed the drive with his fourth touchdown run of the game. Although the extra point was blocked, Weston still had a secure seven-point lead it was determined to hold on to.
New Milford threatened on its next possession, with captain Brian Kirwan-Welsh catching a pass to give his team a first down near the 50, but on a fourth-and-nine attempt, Weston junior Carmine Magnoli had a tackle to end the drive and wrap up the victory.
"I was happy we pulled it out, but we just gotta keep getting better," said Lato. "We kept our focus in the second half and did the little things well, and while we had mistakes that were frustrating, they are fixable."
Weston plays at 8-0 Pomperaug later today.
Weston's annual Thanksgiving Day game is home at 10 a.m. against Joel Barlow (3-5) Nov. 26 to close out the season.
"We still haven't played a full four-quarter game yet," says Lato. "I want to see us turn the corner to close out the year."
Cordisco (80 rushing yards, 203 passing yards) said, "[My team is] focused on giving our best effort for these upcoming last two, because a strong finish is just what we want."