DANBURY -- As if Danbury High needed any reminder just how potent Staples' offense can be, it took just 57 seconds for the Wreckers to make their presence felt.
Staples scored touchdowns on its first two plays from scrimmage and continued to heat up from there, rolling to a 51-6 win over Danbury on Friday evening.
Senior wide receiver James Frusciante hauled in a 51-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Jack Massie just 17 seconds in to start the scoring barrage. Following a Danbury three-and-out, running back Greg Strauss took a handoff 44 yards for a score on the Wreckers' next offensive play to make it 14-0.
In all, Staples (4-0) had seven different players score touchdowns and broke the 50-point barrier for the second time in four games.
Danbury, which answered those two scores with a 60-yard touchdown pass on its second series from quarterback Anferny Ith to wide receiver Corey Chaffee, fell to 2-3.
"I'm very pleased with our effort, but our mental mistakes and blown assignments killed us," Danbury head coach Dan Donovan said. "They're a good football team and if you give them a second chance, it's a touchdown. You can't do that, and we did."
Staples hit Danbury with a steady dose of runs early by seniors Joey Zelkowitz and Nick Kelly as the two combined to rush for 221 yards in the first half.
"Our backs haven't really been able to carry the ball as much as we'd like. We fed them a little bit tonight," Staples head coach Marce Petroccio said. "They got gassed every once in a while, but they ran hard and they did a good job."
Massie plunged in from 1 yard out on a keeper to make it 24-6 and Kelly took a pitch play 56 yards on 4th-and-1 for a score to build Staples' lead to 30-6 heading into halftime.
"I didn't know it would be a touchdown. I thought it would just be a short run just to get the first down, but it turned out great," Kelly said. "That was awesome."
The Wreckers were in complete control and perhaps might've done even more damage had they not turned over the football twice in the first half.
"We loved the fact that we scored two plays, two touchdowns, but we weren't happy at halftime," Petroccio said. "I never thought in my 20 years of coaching that I'd be unhappy leading 30-6. But we know we can play better. We've got to clean some things up."
Staples, which came off a bye week, stayed in high gear early in the second half. After another Danbury three-and-out to open the third quarter, Frusciante returned a punt down to the Hatters' 3-yard line. The next play, Zelkowitz punched it in on the ground to make it 37-6.
Senior running back Patrick Lesch capped the scoring with 5:49 to play in the third with a 15-yard scoring run.
The Wreckers' defense dominated as well as they shut down Danbury's ground game early and forced Ith to attempt 26 passes in the first half.
"We can't get anything going," Donovan said. "I don't know what is up with our line. ¦ We've got to work harder at it. We made a commitment to be 60-40 (pass-run ratio) and we weren't even close to that today."
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STAPLES 51, DANBURY 6
STAPLES 17 13 21 0--51
DANBURY 6 0 0 0--6
S--Greg Strauss 44 run (Gilmore kick)
D--Corey Chaffee 60 pass from Anferny Ith (Kick failed)
S--Gilmore 20 field goal
S--Massie 1 run (Gilmore kick)
S--Nick Kelly 56 run (Kick failed)
S--Joey Zelkowitz 3 run (Gilmore kick)
S--Lance Lonergan 75 interception (Gilmore kick)
S--Patrick Lesch 15 run (Gilmore kick)
Records: Staples 4-0; Danbury 2-3.