Headed To States: Weston Survives Barlow Upset Bid

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Looking to clinch a Class M state playoff berth, Weston had its hands full in its Thanksgiving Day game with visiting Joel Barlow. The Falcons, in fact, held a fourth-quarter lead before the Trojans rallied for a 20-9 victory to ensure their season would continue.

Weston is the fifth seed and will take on fourth seed Abbott Tech/Immaculate in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, December 3. The game will take place at Brookfield High with kickoff at 6:30 pm.

"I'm happy for these seniors. I'm happy for the entire family," Weston Coach Dan Hassett said.

It's a short turnaround for playoff teams.

"It comes quickly so we'll figure it out and get to work," Hassett said.

Barlow had a strong season and finished 6-4, and put itself in position to win its seventh game behind strong defense.

Down 7-6 in fourth quarter, the Falcons seized a two-point lead on a Michael Puglio field goal.

The Trojans scored twice late to secure the triumph. Quarterback James Goetz connected with Brendan Sawyer on a 22-yard TD pass, and Tyler Bower's four-yard run capped the scoring.

Barlow had two leads in the game. Goetz threw a first-half TD pass to Hayden Lawrence for 7-6 halftime lead.

Both defenses played well and windy conditions limited the passing game, generally a strength for Weston.

"I think Mother Nature helped us out a little bit because it was hard to pass the ball," Barlow Coach T.J. Cavaliere said. "Our defense kept us in it and allowed us a shot to hang around. They played hard."

Cavaliere said the Falcons were a bit disappointed with the end result this year, coming up a win or two short of the goal, but he was pleased with the effort.

"Our seniors played hard. I think these guys have laid a nice foundation for [the underclassmen] going forward," Cavaliere said.

"T.J. does a great job. They're very well coached," Hassett said of his counterpart.

Weston fans support the team on Thanksgiving.

James Goetz runs with the ball. Barlow's Logan Janki (No. 50) gives chase.

Barlow's Harry Falowski makes a diving reception.

QB Brett Hugo looks to pass as Aidan Gale (No. 31) prepares to block.

Weston's coach after the big win:

James Goetz on the victory:

Touchdown: Trojans celebrate a score by Tyler Bower:

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