With Weston trailing by a point and facing a do-or-die situation on its own 17 late, Bedford needed a play on defense.
David Forey provided it, tackling Junior Unga for a 7-yard loss to help preserve a 19-18 Buccaneer road victory in miserable conditions Nov. 9.
It was a game that saw Weston score on its first possession, only to see Bedford storm back to take a 19-6 lead with three minutes to play in the third quarter.
From there, it was hang-on time for the Buccaneers (3-7).
“I was real proud of the kids,” Bedford coach Tom Tone said. “Except for those two plays we played great defense.
“On offense, the offensive line got a real good push all night. The last three weeks we’ve had some continuity there. Those guys are getting after it.”
In conditions that made passing the ball difficult, Bedford runner Tyler Dussault carried the load and scored three touchdowns.
Dussault weaved his way 33 yards to the Wildcat 5-yard line to set up his second 1-yard score, nearly untouched up the middle. His 9-yard scoring run put the Buccaneers in front, 19-6.
It wasn’t that Bedford quarterback Panayiotis Kapanides didn’t attempt to pass. In fact, he attempted several times to connect with receiver Brendan Jones deep, resulting in a pair of pass interference calls on Weston.
Both helped set up touchdowns, including a collision inside the 5-yard line that knocked the breath out of the junior pass catcher.
However, it was on defense where the pair made their best impact. Excluding two long breakaway runs, including scoring runs of 39 and 57 yards by Weston’s Michael White and Julian Antoine, respectively, the Buccaneers controlled the line of scrimmage and the game.
Antoine’s scoring run came with 3:38 to play.
Bedford recovered the Weston onside kick, but was forced to punt, which backed the Wildcats on their own 17.
Weston gained two yards on its first play, but the Bedford defense pushed the Wildcats back, forcing a fourth-and-12 with 1:15 to play, setting up Forey’s final play.
“I tell the kids that regardless of our record, good football teams will be playing their best ball in November,” Tone said. “Most teams, whether they’re 9-2 or 2-9 are playing their best in November and we’re seeing that in practice. It’s good to see it on Friday nights.”