IHS wins opener
"It's always nice to get a win," added Hancock. "We told the kids that to win you have to overcome adversity. We have been telling them that since last spring and it was true today."
After spending the first half creating their own adversity, Immaculate came to life in the second half behind the rushing of Biasetti. After carrying 11 times for 18 yards in the first half, the Mustang feature back had a career performance in the second half.
"We knew we could run against them," said Hancock. "Anthony did a great job and the difference was in the first half we were just a mistake away on every play."
Following the Trojans' fourth turnover, the senior running back became the workhorse and Immaculate called his number on eight of its next 11 plays. The four minute, 55-yard drive culminated with Biasetti's 10-yard touchdown run through the middle for a 7-0 Immaculate lead.
On the next possession, Weston committed its fifth and final turnover when quarterback Mike Bonafide fumbled. Immaculate defensive lineman Josh Thomas recovered his third fumble of the game, and once again it was Biasetti who helped the Mustangs capitalize. This time the running back took the ball on three consecutive plays before scoring on a 12-yard run.
After a Weston touchdown cut the lead in half with 10 minutes to play, Biasetti put an exclamation on his performance and sealed the victory. On first down from just inside the Weston 30-yard-line, Biasetti took a hand off, cut back at the line of scrimmage and raced toward the end zone for his final score.
"We put together a lot of schemes at the half," said Biasetti, who finished with a career-high 176 yards.
"The coaches put in some great schemes and I can't do it without my offensive line."
While Immaculate put together a solid second half, during the first half neither team could find any offensive rhythm. The Trojans' first possession ended on the first of three fumbles by Bonafide. However, the Mustang drive stalled on downs at the Weston 36-yard line.
Two possessions later, another Bonafide fumble gave the Mustangs the ball on the Trojan 40-yard line. Immaculate junior quarterback J.O. Goode threw the first of his three interceptions when he lofted a ball into double coverage. A third trip into Trojan territory in the second quarter ended with a fumble by Andrew Secola.
As the Mustangs struggled to capitalize, the Trojans gave away their own opportunities to score. Late in the second quarter, Weston took possession on the Mustang 28-yard line. A run moved the ball to the 22-yard line, but three incomplete passes ensured a scoreless tie at the half.
"After being on this team for three years and losing for three seasons, it feels great to get this win," said Biasetti. "This is a new year with a new attitude."
Weston (0-1) 0 0 0 7 -- 7
Immaculate (1-0) 0 0 14 6 -- 20
I--Anthony Biasetti 10 run. (Chris Bader kick), 6:08.
I--Biasetti 12 run. (Bader kick), 2:18.
W--Ken Judge 18 pass (Zane Randell kick), 11:00.
I--Biasetti 29 run. (kick failed), 7:52.
RUSHING: Weston: Nick Figliola 9-45, Dylan Hannum 8-38, Robbie Cordisco 6-25, Mike Bonafide 4-5, M.K. Stevy 3-4. Immaculate: Anthony Biasetti 32-176, Chris Bader 1-12, Andrew Secola 1-4, Matt Mascolo 1-2, Brendan Bader 1-1, Chris Fahey 1-0, Dan Curtis 1-(-8) J.O. Goode 2-(-11).
PASSING: Weston: Robbie Cordisco 2-9-25, Mike Bonafide 2-8-24. Immaculate: J.O. Goode 6-14-41 3 INT.
RECEIVING: Weston: Ken Judge 2-25, Robbie Cordisco 2-24. Immaculate: Andrew Secola 3-23, Ian Christie 1-11, Matt Mascolo 1-5, Brendan Bader 1-2.