WESTON — Led by a balanced offensive attack and a relentless defense, the Weston football team remained undefeated this season with another shutout victory.
The Trojans, who have scored 101 points in three games, blanked SWC foe Notre Dame-Fairfield 31-0 on Friday night at WHS Stadium Field.
Junior quarterback James Goetz threw three touchdown passes, Tyler Bower rushed for 86 yards on the ground and added an interception and a stifling defense led by Chris Fruhbeis and Daniel McGuire (2 sacks apiece) helped Weston earn its second shutout while improving to 3-0 on the young season.
“The kids prepared really well and they were focused all week,” Weston head coach Dan Hassett said. “The game plan that coach (Dan) Passarelli and coach (Mark) Keeney put together was very good. Obviously we’ll look at the film because there’s still some stuff we need to clean up but I’m happy for the kids and I thought they executed well.”
Notre Dame (0-3) drove the ball into Weston territory on its first possession but Daniel Lewis came up with the first of three interceptions for the Trojans to halt the drive. They proceeded to march 88 yards on 10 plays, capped by Goetz first TD pass of the game to Brendan Sawyer from 2 yards out to give Weston a 7-0 lead with 3:09 on the clock in the first quarter.
“That was key for us,” Hassett said of the scoring push. “It was probably our longest sustained drive of the season. I was very pleased with that first drive.”
Weston went ahead 14-0 on its second drive, highlighted by a 51-yard touchdown strike to Jack Sawyer over the middle of the field from Goetz with 10:35 left until halftime.
“It was a play we go over a lot in practice,” Goetz said. “I put one out there and I’m just trying to do my job and we executed. Jack is a big part of our offense.”
The Lancers, who are down nine starters due to injury, had a hard time getting anything going offensively. They couldn’t sustain drives and came up empty several times when they went for it on fourth down.
“I’m extremely proud of them, especially since we have freshmen and sophomores in there,” Notre Dame head coach John Johnson said of his players. “We had to simplify the scheme the last couple of days. We got some stops but we couldn’t capitalize offensively and put points on the board.
“They (Weston) are sharp offensively and have some very good linebackers on defense,” he added.
One of those linebackers is Fruhbeis, who recorded a safety when Notre Dame quarterback John Fasset fumbled in the end zone and running back Zach Maiden-Fountain recovered before being tackled by Fruhbeis (6:16).
“It’s a team effort and my tackles were set up by my teammates hitting the right gaps and swarming to the ball,” Fruhbeis said.
The Trojans took the ensuing free kick and only needed to go 45 yards for their third touchdown, with Bower scoring on a 1-yard run up the gut (5:20). The snap on the extra point was off but Fruhbeis ran it in for two to put Weston on top 24-0.
Goetz fired off his third touchdown when he found Brendan Sawyer again from 16 yards out with 1:48 remaining in the third quarter.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
James Goetz, Weston: The junior QB threw three touchdown passes as the Trojans improved to 3-0.
Chris Fruhbeis, Weston: The senior middle linebacker was all over the field on defense. He recorded a safety to go along with a number of key tackles and two sacks.
“It was a big team effort, on both sides of the ball,” Goetz said.
“We like the (offensive) balance we have,” Hassett said. “And coach Keeney has done a fantastic job with the defense.”
“We look at one week at a time, and we just try to figure out how we can get better each week,” Hassett said of his team’s 3-0 start. “I’m pleased with the results but there’s a lot of stuff we can clean up.”
WESTON 31, NOTRE DAME 0
NOTRE DAME0 0 0 0 —0
WESTON7 17 7 0 —31
W—Brendan Sawyer 2 pass from James Goetz (Phoenix Parker kick)
W—Jack Sawyer 51 pass from Goetz (Parker kick)
W—Chris Fruhbeis tackle in end zone, safety
W—Tyler Bower 1 run (Fruhbeis run)
W—Brendan Sawyer 16 pass from Goetz (Parker kick)
Records: Weston 3-0, Notre Dame 0-3.