Staples knocks off Ludlowe
Published 10:04 pm, Friday, October 10, 2014
FAIRFIELD -- Eager to get back to the dominating defensive identity that included not allowing a touchdown through the first three games, Staples returned to form against a Ludlowe team that entered Friday's matchup with the superior win-loss record.
The Wreckers defense forced six sacks and two interceptions while quarterback Trevor Shearer threw for two scores and ran for another as the Wreckers grounded the Falcons 34-7 at Taft Field. The teams now sport identical 3-2 records.
"The defense had a lot to do with that (performance) tonight," Wreckers coach Marce Petroccio said. "That's unbelievable, that's great for us."
The Wreckers got on the board midway through the first quarter when Shearer ran for an 8-yard score on 4th-and-1, and doubled the lead on a 28-yard hookup with Jake Melnick soon after.
"Especially with the offensive line in front of me I had no pressure all day, zero sacks," Shearer said. "The backs had holes to run through as well."
The Staples defense forced punts on the Falcons' first three drives, but Ludlowe got on the board midway through the second quarter when quarterback Bryan Pacewicz found Chris Howell for a 10-yard score to make it 14-7.
"Chris is a tremendous athlete," Ludlowe coach Vin Camera said. "He's a hard competitor. He wants to play; he'll play eight quarters if you ask him. We're happy he's a junior."
Although the Wreckers went three-and-out on the ensuing drive, Ryan Fitton booted a 57-yard punt that forced Ludlowe to start at its own 3-yard line. A three-and-out by the Wreckers defense gave the offense excellent field position, which Shearer turned into points with seconds left in the first half when he found Evan Gilland from 9-yards out.
"We didn't put the ball on the ground, which is great for us," Petroccio said. "We needed a win bad and the kids came out, worked hard all week and did a great job."
Wreckers kicker Paul Tricarico kicked two short field goals to push the lead to 27-7 in the second half. Tricarico and Fitton pinned the Ludlowe offense deep in its own zone the entire evening.
"We played in a hole all night," Camera said. "We had three series start inside the 5-yard line tonight. That's twice you get 40 yards of offense and you're not even at midfield. You can't win football games like that. We chased field position for four straight quarters."
The Wreckers finished off the game with an 11-play, 73 yard drive that ate up six minutes in the fourth quarter. Ethan Burger, who had six carries for 48 yards on the drive, finished it off with a 14-yard run with 1:18 left in the game.
Staples 34, Fairfield Ludlowe 7
STAPLES 7 14 3 10--34
FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE 0 7 0 0--7
S--Trevor Shearer 8 run (Paul Tricarico kick)
S--Jake Melnick 28 pass Shearer (Tricarico kick)
L--Chris Howell 10 Pass Bryan Pacewicz (kick)
S--Evan Gilland 9 pass Shearer (Tricarico kick)
S--Tricarico 23 field goal
S--Tricarico 22 field goal
S--Ethan Burger 14 run (Tricarico kick)