Big Wins Put Trojans And Hawks Into Pinnacle Games

Updated: Dec 13, 2019

The Weston and Newtown football teams have been mostly-dominant in their runs through the state playoffs leading to berths in championship games.


No. 5 Weston shut out No. 1 Rockville 37-0 in the Class M semifinals, at Simsbury High on December 9. Weston had beaten No. 5 Abbott Tech-Immaculate 49-6 in the quarters. The Trojans will face No. 3 Killingly in a battle of 11-1 teams for the championship on Saturday, December 14; kickoff at New Britain's Veteran's Stadium is 11 am.


In the win over Rockville, Weston quarterback James Goetz had nine rushes for 134 yards and a touchdown, and completed three of eight pass attempts for 49 yards and two TDs.


Tyler Bower had 13 rushes for 89 yards and a TD. Jack Sawyer had a 13-yard TD reception. Brendan Sawyer had a pair of catches for 36 yards and a TD.


John Cassol rushed three times for 22 yards, and Brad Barcello carried six times for 36 yards.


Weston's special teams and defense helped contribute to the total on the scoreboard. Bower scored a touchdown on a blocked punt. Dom Tarantino recovered a fumble on a kickoff. Nate Luchetta intercepted a pass. Dan McGuire recovered a fumble. Phoenix Parker made four of five extra point attempts and booted a 25-yard field goal.


In the Class LL bracket, top-seeded Newtown Nighthawks earned their second shutout of the playoffs with a 17-0 victory over visiting Simsbury.


In Newtown's win, Riley Ward scored on a three-yard run in the first quarter. A second-quarter field goal of 21-yards off the foot of Devin O'Connell made it a two-possession game at halftime.


QB Brandon Lombardo connected with Ward for an 18-yard TD in the second half.


Jack Zingaro intercepted a pair of passes. Newtown had solid line play from Kyle Good, Jacob Riley, Aidan Kennedy, James Knox, and Zach Loomis.



Jared Dunn runs with the ball during the semifinal game versus Simsbury.

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