Doug Delivers: Wreckers roll into fresh challenge
Updated 3:17 pm, Thursday, October 25, 2012
Staples (5-0) at Darien (4-2), Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
If Staples keeps this up, I'm going to start running out of superlatives.
Seriously, what is there left to say about the Wreckers and their juggernaut offense?
Through five games, the Wreckers are averaging 52 points--yes, you read that correctly, 52--and have yet to show even the slightest sign of slowing down.
Two weeks ago, the Wreckers hung 51 points on Danbury, scoring touchdowns on their first two plays from scrimmage. Last Friday against Trumbull, they returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and then reached the end zone on two of their first three offensive plays. They opened up a 43-7 lead and halftime and left with a 57-14 win--their fifth time in five weeks scoring at least 49 points.
The most remarkable aspect of it all might be that Staples has used more than a player or two to put up such gaudy numbers. Nine different players have scored touchdowns on offense, while the Wreckers have also scored three times on special teams and once on defense.
Staples' offense has been selfless. There's no overriding personality, no one who is larger than the task at hand.
"Everyone's good with their role. Everyone enjoys their role. There's no one who's asking for the ball more," said senior wide receiver James Frusciante, who has seven of those touchdowns (five receiving, two punt returns).
Staples head coach Marce Petroccio knows that if his team is to continue its offensive explosion, the Wreckers will need to stay balanced, especially this week.
"I think if you don't do that, they're able to load the box, they're able to do some things and you'll struggle to move the ball," he said.
On Saturday, the Wreckers will be met with what's likely their stiffest test outside of their date with Greenwich on Thanksgiving: a visit to perennial power Darien.
On paper, this year's Blue Wave doesn't resemble your older brother's Blue Wave. An eight-win team a year ago, the Blue Wave has dropped a pair of games and may already be on its last life for a potential playoff spot.
Darien might possess the most explosive offense Staples has faced yet with quarterback Henry Baldwin, and running backs Christian Bognar and Peter Gesualdi. But is it potent enough to keep up with the Wreckers, for four quarters?
This one won't be over in the first quarter like the Wreckers' last few games, but don't expect the end result to be any different. Pick: Staples 41, Darien 24
Weston (5-1) vs. Stratford (2-4), Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
The honeymoon ended for Weston last Friday as New Fairfield running back Joe Pacheco gashed the Trojans' defense for 238 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. The Trojans' pristine record received its first dent, their quarterback took a pounding in the pocket and each game moving forward became even more important.
Will Weston bounce back?
The Trojans have rode their star signal-caller all season and continued to do so against New Fairfield, until they could no longer keep up. Tyler Hassett threw for two touchdowns and rushed for one, but reportedly suffered a slight groin injury.
If Weston has any hope of remaining alive in the state playoff hunt, it needs to have this game, especially with unbeaten Masuk on its schedule next week. That's enough to propel the Trojans. Pick: Weston 24, Stratford 22