Football: Staples pulls away from Warde

WESTPORT—Determined to having a passing attack to complement its menacing running game, Staples needed to use a pair of quarterbacks to get through its game Friday against Warde.

Both thrived.

Andrew Speed tossed a pair of touchdowns and Daniel Thompson had a touchdown run and catch to help send Staples past Fairfield Warde 35-6. The Wreckers moved to 4-0 on the season ahead their most challenging sequence of games.

Speed left the game in the third quarter with a minor hamstring injury, and Thompson stepped right in. He had several excellent throws in relief, including a long pass to sophomore Kevin Rabacs that set up a short touchdown run by Harris Levi.

“Danny came in and did a phenomenal job,” Petroccio said. “Not much is going to faze him; he’s a phenomenal athlete and a great kid and he wants to win. He was a little bit of magic tonight.”

Thompson, a junior, saw time last year as injuries took its toll on Staples. He was thrown right in the fire competing against Darien and Greenwich down the stretch.

“Getting a lot of experience last year helped me a lot,” Thompson said. “I know how to play in big games and big situations. I try not to let the pressure get to me.”

The Wreckers also lost star lineman Nick Roehm with an ankle injury in the third quarter.

“No matter what we do we get these nagging injuries,” Petroccio said. “We’ll try to get back to the drawing board here. I know we didn’t play our best game tonight and we still won 35-6.”

Levi found the end zone twice Friday, bringing his total to 11 in four games.

The Wreckers offense began to pile on points when their defense provided a spark. With the score at 0-0 late in the first quarter, Griffin Lundquist collected an interception on a deflected pass that immediately put the Wreckers in the red zone.

Speed hit Kevin Rabacs for a 7-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter to get the Wreckers on the board.

On the ensuing drive, Speed hit Daniel Thompson on a 34-yard pass, which set up Levi's 2-yard plunge to make it 14-0.

Warde responded with a 56-yard touchdown pass from sophomore David Summers to Trey Saulnier to keep the Mustangs within reach. Though under pressure by the Wreckers defense, Summers made several plays for Warde, which dropped to 0-4.

Coach Duncan Dellavolpe was pleased with the way his defense took a step forward as it made life difficult for Staples at times.

“They are one of the toughest teams to prepare for because they run so many different things,” Dellavolpe said. “I thought we did much better than we did defensively the first three games. I’m proud of them.”

Staples closed the half with another touchdown drive, though, as Thompson caught back-to-back passes totaling 38 yards. The Wreckers scored twice more — led by Thompson — in the second half to put the game away.

“It was a lot of fun,” Thompson said. “I feel prepared at both positions; I have the best coaches and teammates. I was prepared all offseason to play both positions.”

After deposing of the FCIACs second tier in the first four weeks, the schedule will ramp up for the Wreckers, beginning with next Saturday's journey to Norwich to take on NFA.

“We can’t play the way we played tonight and finish out the way we want to finish out,” Petroccio said. “We have to play better, it’s a lesson for us. No matter who you play in this league you have to be ready to play.”

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STAPLES 35, WARDE 6

STAPLES 0 21 7 7--35

WARDE 0 6 0 0--6

S--Kevin Rabacs 7 pass Andrew Speed (Nico Rossi kick) 

S--Harris Levi 2 run (Rossi kick)

W--Trey Saulnier 56 pass David Summers (pass failed)

S--Daniel Thompson 23 pass Andrew Speed 16 run (Rossi kick)

S--Levi 2 run (Rossi kick)

S--Thompson 2 run (Rossi kick)

Records: Staples 4-0, Warde 0-4.