Will Weinstock worked his tail off to get on the field for the Darien High School football team. Now, the senior hardly ever comes off of it.
His work and dedication has been rewarded in other ways, too, by coach Rob Trifone. Weinstock was named the teams fifth captain during preseason workouts in August. He will try to help the Blue Wave win their first Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship since 1998 when they tackle Trumbull Friday. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Trumbull High School.
Weinstock played quarterback on the junior varsity team last year before an injury cut short his season. It made me realize I wanted to be out helping the team, Will said. Not being out there was the worst thing in the world. I worked my butt off to show that I have what it takes.
When off-season workouts started, Trifone asked players to attend lifting sessions three times a week. Weinstock went every day. Even into the summer, Weinstock pumped iron. He also worked with teammates at SoNo Field House when assistant coach Mitch Ross saw Weinstock catching passes. With Chris Allam returning to the school to play quarterback, Weinstock switched positions to receiver. When I was healthy last year I played receiver for the scout team, Will says. I got destroyed.
The experience paid off. Weinstock has become Allams favorite target, catching a team-high 21 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns. He is averaging over 14 yards per reception. In a game against Danbury in September, Weinstock caught seven passes for 94 yards and a TD.
It was a huge relief to switch to receiver, Will said. Theres a lot of pressure on the QB to do everything perfect. Chris does a great job at that. We have a good chemistry because I kind of know where he wants someone to be. I know where the weak point on the defense might be. If he scrambles Ill try to find a seam and catch the pass.
Weinstock also plays safety on defense and picked off two passes in last weeks win over Norwalk. He is the holder for kick conversions, and plays on punt and kickoff teams. Off the field, Will is an emergency medical technician for Post 53, an emergency medical services unit. He is also a member of Commit, a student group that speaks to eighth graders about transitioning to high school. All in all, it has been a memorable first few months to his final year of high school.
Its great, Will says. I put a lot of work into it. I love being out there on Saturday afternoon with the guys.
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