By Mike Cardillo

The 2011 football season probably could not have gotten off to a more inauspicious start for Weston. On the opening kickoff against Stratford Friday night, the Trojans were flagged for being offsides.

As it turned out that early dose of over-aggressiveness might've been in the only blemish for Weston as it cruised to a 36-0 win over Stratford at Penders Field.

"They invested a lot into the season and got one under the belt," Weston coach Joe Lato said.

The Trojans (1-0) won three of their last four games in 2010 and hope they've carried that momentum into the new season. A big part of their success last year came when then-freshman Dan Rogers entered the starting lineup in the fifth game.

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Now a sophomore, Rogers likely opened a lot of eyes around the SWC with a four-touchdown first half, including a game-changing punt return midway through the first quarter.

"All those preseason rankings people made, Stratford was always ahead of us and we beat them 36-0," said Rogers, who ran for 80 yards on nine carries. "Our coaches are going to have us ready to play."

Weston forced Stratford (0-1) into a quick three-and-out on the Red Devils first possession, setting the tone for the night as they were held to 126 yards of offense -- most coming on the final drives of each half.

Rogers put the Trojans ahead 7-0 on their first possession, capping a 44-yard drive from one yard out.

It got worse for Stratford on their next drive. On third down starting quarterback Kyle Biddinger was hauled down by Weston linebacker Austin Gomar on the Red Devils' one-yard line. Weston used a little trickery on the punt, with Justin Schaeffler fielding it and handing it off to Rogers, who scampered 36 yards around the other edge to make it 14-0 with six minutes gone in the first.

"There might have been a snowball effect there, with Danny squeaking into the endzone," Lato said.

Weston tacked on a pair of Rogers short touchdown runs in the second quarter to go ahead 29-0. The Trojans finished the scoring on Tyler Hassett's 22-yard run in the fourth quarter. Hassett also had a pair of interceptions on defense.

The Trojans also added 50 yards from senior tailback Austin Delaney as well as a big first-quarter sack from senior Matt Kenney.

Stratford got its best spurt late in the fourth when it recovered a fumble followed by Donald Graham hauling in a 40-yard catch up the left sideline thrown by sophomore Michael Cannata. Graham also ran for 40 yards on 14 carries.

"It was a tough night all over when you think about it," Stratford coach John Svatik said. "I didn't have a good day. My job is to get them prepared and I don't think I did. I've been doing this for 35 years. I've been on good ends and I've been on bad ends, OK, you've got to admit when you get whipped, you get whipped. That's the bottom line."