By Dan Salomone

Correspondent

WESTPORT — Staples High School rolled over Westhill 38-0 on Saturday at Staples Stadium to maintain its undefeated season.

A week after dominating Ridgefield 34-14 in a tough road test, the Wreckers (4-0) made quick work of the Vikings (1-3) at home by spreading the ball around their potent offense.

Four different Wreckers put the ball in the end zone while senior running back Tyler Jacobs had the first multi-touchdown game of his career, scoring on runs of 9 and 10 yards, respectively.

“That was a huge win for us, and we knew we couldn’t let down this week,” said Jacobs, who carried eight times for 87 yards and two touchdowns. “We still have to win the games. We celebrated for a day and then we had to get up and go hard this week in practice. We just have to keep winning.”

As for Westhill, coach Dick Cerone’s Vikings suffered their second shutout of the season, dropping their third-straight game after winning the season opener 32-12 over Harding.

Despite the lopsided defeat, the Vikings played a physical game while turning the ball over only once on an interception late in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of hand.

“We just challenged our kids this week, said Cerone, now in his fifth year. “All we wanted to do was pay no attention to the scoreboard and just try to play a little more physical and play with a little more pride than we had the last couple weeks.”

To Westhill’s credit, the four losses were to teams that now have a combined record of 13-3 (the other was to Trinity Catholic).

“You can’t be happy losing 38-0 and all that, but our kids fought,” Cerone said. “I thought our effort was there today. We had guys in the right spots most of the time, and then we just didn’t make a play. (The Wreckers) are pretty good. They execute, and they don’t make many mistakes.”

Staples wasted no time, marching down the field on the game’s opening possession, racking up four first downs while Jacobs capped the 77-yard drive with his first touchdown run.

After a 73-yard punt from Westhill’s Yveson Cassamajor pinned Staples back at its own 2, senior quarterback Chet Pajolek led the Wreckers 98 yards, connecting with Jason Mzwicke in the middle of the end zone for a textbook 23-yard score.

“You can’t draw a play better than that,” Staples coach Marce Petroccio said. “The protection was good. The route was good. The fake was good, and Chet’s throw was right on the money. We’re going to have to have the ability to throw the ball with some efficiency, and I think today we took the step towards getting better at that.”

Before being relieved of his duties mid-way through the third quarter, Pajolek went 11-for-13 with 179 yards and a touchdown while adding another 46 yards on the ground.

With the score 7-0 after one, the Wreckers did most of their damage in the second quarter, scoring 21 points in that time span, including touchdown runs from senior captains Pat Murray and Rob Gau.

Of the five offensive touchdowns, four were on the ground, a reflection of the improved offensive line that dominated the line of scrimmage all afternoon.

“The line is starting to click,” Jacobs said. “They played really well today. We work hard everyday in practice, and I think it’s finally showing on the field. The line has gotten better each game. They were really good today. The holes were enormous. The pass protection was great. It makes life a lot easier on me and Chet.”

After a dismal first half where the Vikings gained only 28 yards of offense (negative-3 rushing, 31 passing) while giving up 28 points, Westhill played for pride in the second half, holding the Wreckers to 10 points while starting to move the ball on offense.

Westhill’s first-year starting quarterback Peter Cernansky was in danger of losing his job coming out of last week’s 55-22 loss to Trinity Catholic, but got the green light after a good week of practice. Cernansky was able to make some good throws when he had the time, but because of a deteriorating offensive line, he was constantly under pressure.

Leading the Weckers’ defense was captain Mike Yeager, who recorded seven tackles, one pass defended and a sack. Murray, who doubles as a tight end and defensive end, notched six tackles, a pass defended and a sack.

“Marce has built a great program here, and we try to come into games like this and compete and try to get better,” Cerone said. “Also we take a look at the top programs and what are the things they do and how can we get to that point. That’s what we tried to do.”

STAPLES 38, WESTHILL 0

WESTHILL0 0 0 0—0

STAPLES7 21 7 3—38

Records: Westhill 1-3; Staples 4-0.

S—Tyler Jacobs 9 run (Jason Mzwicke kick)

S—Mzwicke 23 pass Chet Pajolek (Mzwicke kick)

S—Pat Murray 1 run (Mzwicke kick)

S—Rob Gau 4 run (Kosta Papadopoulos kick)

S—Jacobs 10 run (Mzwicke kick)

S—Papadopoulos 26 field goal