Staples freshman quarterback Jack Massie found senior Jason Mawicke in the end zone with a 10-yard touchdown pass with 1:09 left to play, leaving fourth-seeded Glastonbury ahead 7-6 in the Class LL football quarterfinals Tuesday night.

Staples called timeout.

There was no doubt what the fifth-seeded Wreckers would do next.

"The seniors wanted to go for two points (and the win)," Staples head coach Marce Petroccio said. "I told them `Fine!"

It looked like a fabulous decision as Staples senior tailback Tyler Jacobs took the snap out of the Wildcat formation and rolled around left end.

The end zone, two points and victory were tantalizingly close.

However, Glastonbury senior Malcolm Crosson had other ideas.

"Oh Lord, he's coming. My eyes lit up," Crosson said. "I had to get rid of my blocker and get him. My heels were on the goal line and I had to push him back."

Actually, Crosson hit Jacobs about knee high and flipped him straight up in the air. There would be no forward lean, no forward progress, no two points and no Staples state playoff victory. Glastonbury 7, Staples 6.

"It was the right play to call. Crosson made a great play," Petroccio said. "We wanted Tyler (Jacobs) to have the ball. Football is a game of inches. And we came up an inch short."

In just his fourth start in place of Staples senior quarterback Chet Pajolek (knee injury) and trailing 7-0, Massie took over at the Staples' 35 yard line with 3:55 to play and gave the capacity crowd a glimpse of a bright Wreckers' future.

He passed 18 yards to senior Robbie Herman, forced a Glastonbury pass interference penalty, found Nick Kelly for 14 yards and then 11 more yards. Suddenly, Staples (9-2) was first and goal on the Glastonbury 9 with 2:07 remaining.

Three passes later, Massie found Mawicke and the LL state semifinals beckoned.

But the Glastonbury Tomahawks chopped and Crosson was the hero.