WESTON – It may have taken 20 minutes in real time, but it took only seconds of game time for Weston to put Jonathan Law away, en route to a 35-7 win.
Weston quarterback James Goetz connected with John Cassol with no time on the clock at halftime to extend their lead to two touchdowns. Chris Frubeis then took the opening kickoff of the second half 82 yards for a touchdown.
“Initially it took the wind out of us,” Law coach Erik Larka said. “It was like a 3-pointer at the buzzer. It took the wind out, but at halftime we were still really positive.
“Then to give up the kickoff return, 14 points in a matter of game seconds, that was really the turning point for us.”
Weston was leading by seven and hadn’t found a rhythm on offense before the final drive of the first half.
With eight seconds left until halftime, and sitting 30 yards away from the end zone, coach Dan Hassett called one final play before half.
“The play we called wasn’t there,” he said.
Goetz, facing pressure, rolled out of the pocket.
“Before the play, I told my receivers that at some point we would have to improv,” Goetz said. “That’s what we did. I scrambled, someone found a slot and sat and it is what it is.”
At the buzzer Goetz buys time and hits Cassol for a 30-yard TD strike. XP good.
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The junior quarterback bought enough time for Cassol to get open in the end zone and he hauled in his second touchdown of the game.
“He’s fantastic. He’s a gamer. He found the open man when we needed him to find the open man,” Hassett said. “I thought that was a huge score for us from a momentum standpoint.”
Goetz threw two more touchdowns in the second half – a 16 yarder to Fruhbeis and a 25 yarder to Jack Sawyer.
“We knew they were a soft cover three team and we wanted to get the pass going early,” Goetz said. “Our receivers made great plays.”
Weston’s Chris Fruhbeis takes the opening kick all the way for an 82-yard TD return.
11:34 left in 3rd
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The Trojans defense spent most of the night in the Law backfield.
“The kids executed the game plan well,” Hassett said. “When you get all 11 guys doing that we feel like we can compete.”T
Naheim Washington scored the lone touchdown for the Lawmen – a three-yard rush to cut their deficit to 14 in the middle of the third.
That score came after the Trojans fumbled on their own three-yard line and the Lawmen recovered.
“Regardless of the scoreboard the defense has been our heart and soul,” Larka said. “We played really hard on ‘D.’ But we lost special teams and we lost offense. You can’t keep going three-and-out, we can’t keep not moving the ball.”
Weston 35 Law 7
Weston 7 7 7 14 – 35
Law 0 0 7 0 – 7
W – John Cassol 14-yard pass from James Goetz (Phoenix Parker kick)
W – Cassol 30-yard pass from Goetz (Parker kick)
W – 82-yard Chris Fruhbeis kick return (Parker kick)
L – Naheim Washington 3-yard run (Spencer Hannon kick)
W – Fruhbeis 16-yard pass from Goetz (Parker kick)
W – Jack Sawyer 25-yard pass from Goetz (Parker kick)