STAMFORD — After putting up a combined 36 points in the first two games of the season, and coming off a less than impressive victory against Wilton, the Staples High football team was looking to get back on track. Saturday afternoon’s road contest against Westhill provided the perfect outlet.
Led by senior quarterback Jack Massie, the Wreckers dominated in all facets of the game, building a 42-7 advantage at the half and never looked back. Staples won 63-14, improving to 2-1 on the season.
“The kids worked hard all week and they came out with a purpose today,” Staples head coach Marce Petroccio said. “The offensive line I though they played much better than they had in the last two weeks. Jack (Massie) was pretty good today.”
He was pretty good to say the least. In last week’s performance against Wilton where he had a self-proclaimed “worst game of his career” throwing two interceptions in a 14-7 win, Massie responded by having his best game of the season to date.
He scored the first touchdown of the day, a 22-yard run, less than two minutes into the game and continued to elevate his game from there. Massie finished with 119 passing yards (10 of 11) and added 66 yards on the ground in just one half of play. He had a hand in five of the Wreckers’ six first half touchdowns.
“He ran it today, he threw it today, he had a great day,” Petroccio. “He’s not a vocal leader but he leads by example.”
Added Massie: “I wanted to play as well as I could. Just play within myself. I think the O-Line was playing really well today. They were giving me time to throw and just all came together.”
Helping Massie’s cause was Patrick Lesch and Jack Greenwald who both ran for tough yards throughout the afternoon. Lesch also caught two first half scores from Massie (16 and 6 yards). Teammate Will Johnson made some incredible catches, highlighted by a 26-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
The Staples’ defense was a nice compliment to the offense, forcing a few fumbles, blocking a punt and collecting two interceptions – both ran back for scores (Johnson 20 yards, Jack Mendillo 40).
“That’s what we need to do we needed to do. We need to be able to make plays,” Petroccio said. “It was a good day for the Wreckers to say the least.”
While it was the performance Staples needed, for Westhill it was a game plan gone askew.
“We stunk,” Westhill head coach Frank Marcucio said. “We just did not execute our game plan. We failed at all aspects. I mean, I thought our intensity should have been better than that.”
Westhill (1-2) scored once in the first half – a pass from Ryan Coppola to Evan Skoparantzos, and then added one in the second half, as Josh Exantus found the end zone from 15 yards out.
After scoring 42 points in the first half, Staples got productive minutes from its backups, including quarterback Teddy Coogan who added a short rushing touchdown in the third.