After months of preparation, the Staples football team is finally ready to kick off the 2014 season. The Wreckers begin their march towards a state playoff spot on Friday will a home tilt with SCC power Xavier, of Middletown. The game is in Westport and begins at 7 p.m.

This will be the second year of the SCC/FCIAC challenge, which pits similarly-skilled teams from the two conferences against one another. Last season, the Wreckers fell to the Falcons 30-22 on the road. Xavier also beat Staples for the 2011 Class LL championship.

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