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Weston Pays for Turnovers in Loss to Newtown

WESTON, Conn. – The number 7 will bother Weston High football coach Joe Lato until the next game. The Trojans lost Saturday to Newtown, 41-7. Seven is also the number of Trojan turnovers in the loss.

“We talk about turnovers all the time and how we have to win that statistic,’’ said a frustrated Lato. “We were plus-5 in our first two games. You can’t win with that many turnovers.”

Despite three turnovers, Weston (2-1) trailed 14-7 after Justin Schaffer raced 65 yards with a pass from Tyler Hassett for a touchdown with three minutes to play in the first half. The Trojans’ J.D. Simons recovered an onsides kick, and they were back in business. On third and six from the Newtown 47, Chris Devaney intercepted Hassett’s pass over the middle and returned it to the Weston 2. Newtown’s Louis Fenaroli, who ran for four touchdowns, scored on the next play. Weston never recovered.

Lato was also disappointed with Weston’s defense, which allowed Fenaroli to 181 yards on 25 carries. “Too many yards after contact,’’ Lato said. “We have to do a better job of tackling.”

Weston’s defense was routinely backed up deep in its own territory because of the turnovers. Newtown also scored on a punt return and an interception return. Only two of Newtown’s scoring drives started in its own territory. Two scoring drives started inside Weston’s 15-yard line. Weston’s defense also forced three turnovers in the first half to help keep the Trojans in it.

Though the turnovers hurt, Lato also expected more from his defense. “I was disappointed,’’ he said. “We made (Fenaroli) look like Larry Csonka out there.”

Weston has a little time to regroup. It meets Bunnell (3-0) on Thursday at home at 3 p.m. “We have to get back to work and put this one behind us,’’ Lato said.

Contact Tom Renner at trenner@mainstreetconnect.us .

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