- Coach: Chris Pace (1st year)
- Conference: SWC Patriot
- Playoff Class: M (409 boys enrollment)
- Home: Weston High Stadium Field
- 2013 Record: 3-8 (3-7 SWC)
- 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 at Bethel, 7 p.m.
- Captains: Peter Lummis, Blake Wetly, Michael Santa-Maria, Sam Panton
- Team website: MaxPreps page
- Peter Lummis, Sr. RB (5-11, 210)
- Sam Panton, Sr. RB/WR (5-11, 182)
- Jason Lawrence, Soph. WR (5-11, 168)
- Zachary Spencer, Soph. LB (6-0, 192)
- Blake Wertlieb, Sr. DL (5-11, 220)
- Michael Santa-Maria, Sr. RB/SS
Eric Dammen-Brower, QB/LB
It wasn’t long ago that Weston was a force in the SWC. The Trojans long climb back to respectability under coach Joe Lato culminated in a glorious Class M semifinal appearance in 2012. But football success at a small school like Weston has its price. Just a year later, Lato bolted for nearby powerhouse Masuk.
So in comes new coach Chris Pace, who’s hoping to keep the football success going at Weston. Though he’d previously coached out-of-state at East Harlem (N.Y.), Pace is a Connecticut guy. He played at Wolcott and is the brother of the Eagles’ successful coach, Jason Pace.
Pace, who coached East Harlem to a 7-3 record in 2013, is confident his small band of Trojans can improve on their 3-8 record from a year ago.
He inherits a weapon in three-year varsity star Peter Lummis, who led Weston with 1,600 yards of all-purpose offense and scored 12 touchdowns a year ago. Weston also has the luxury of returning starters Alex Cowell, a 6-3, 234-pound defensive lineman, senior lineman Blake Wertlieb and RB/WR Sam Panton.
Aside from a small band of seniors and juniors, Weston remains an exceptionally young team. The rest of the roster is stacked with sophomores and freshmen. Fortunately for Weston, the sophomore class has plenty of experience. Two of them — linebacker Zachary Spencer and receiver Jason Lawrence — starred as freshman. Lawrence’s 22 catches and 895 all-purpose yards were second on the team. Spencer actually led the Trojans with 95 tackles.
Weston, which will run a no-huddle spread offense, needs to find a quarterback to replace Eric Dammen-Brower. Sophomore Alex Fruhbeis saw some time at quarterback, as did senior Spencer Turkel, who also plays safety and receiver.
Aside Newtown and Brookfield, the SWC looks like a wide-open race in the second tier. Weston will have to face both heavyweights back-to-back late in the season. A season-opening road trip to Bethel and Pomperaug also looks daunting. After that, however, there’s room for Weston to make some noise. “We are optimistic about our opportunity to compete,” Pace said.
Sept. 12 — at Bethel**, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 — at Pomperaug*, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 — Notre Dame-Fairfield**, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 — Stratford*, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 10 — Bunnell*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 — at Woodland, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 24 — New Fairfield**, 7 p.m.
Oct. 31 — Newtown*, 7 p.m.
Nov. 7 — at Brookfield**, 7 p.m.
Nov. 14 — at New Milford*, 7 p.m.
Nov. 27 — at Joel Barlow**, 10 a.m.