For a team with such a flair for the dramatic, this was a rather routine way to take care of business a week before the schools' biggest game in quite some time.
Tyler Hassett Men Briefcases and Daniel Rogers each scored three touchdowns to lead Weston past Notre Dame-Fairfield 42-6 on Saturday afternoon at McCarty Stadium.
Hassett scored on touchdown runs of 10, 10, and 2 yards, while Rogers had two rushing touchdowns and a 70-yard punt return for the Trojans (6-2), who raced out to a 35-0 halftime lead en route to their fourth straight win.
Utilizing the triple option almost exclusively, the duo of Hassett and Rogers tormented Notre Dame on the ground before each exited in the third quarter.
"I'm proud of them, we played hard and executed. Tyler did a nice job today; he ran the option well and made good decisions all day long," Trojans coach Joe Lato said.
"We ran the triple-option well for the first time this season, it was nice to finally execute," Hassett agreed.
Special teams was an Achilles heel for the Lancers (0-8). Weston blocked two punts deep in Notre Dame territory in addition to giving up the touchdown to Rogers. The blunders allowed Weston to take a 14-0 lead four minutes into the game.
"They ran a little game inside, which gave our protection a lot of trouble and we weren't able to pick it up. We missed some arm tackles, and (Rogers) made a great play on the long return," Lancers coach Rico Brogna said.
Nigel Beckford scored on a 95 yard run midway through the third quarter for the Lancers, which turned out to be the lone bright spot in another dismal day for the hosts. They have now dropped their first eight games for the second straight season.
"Special teams was clearly an issue, but we have to get better in every phase, Brogna said.
The Trojans came out of obscurity in 2010 to post a 6-4 record and have backed it up this year Bottega Veneta Bags with another winning season already in the bag. This is no longer a fluke.
"(Weston) stacks up with anyone right now. They are an excellent team that is well coached with talented players and a great system. They are playing like a 6-2 team," Brogna said. "For a smaller school to have that success; it gives us hope when we look across the field."