Levi’s four touchdowns sends Staples past Wilton
Updated 10:46 pm, Friday, September 23, 2016
WESTPORT—After not hitting top form until the third quarter in both of the first two games, Staples was eager to correct that at home against Wilton on Friday.
The Wreckers did that, scoring touchdowns on four of their first five possessions en route to a 42-6 win over the Warriors on homecoming to improve to 3-0 in their quest for a state playoff berth.
“It was huge,” Speed said. “The past two games (wins over McMahon and Danbury), we came out really slow and didn’t get to our best until the second half. This game, I think, we had four quarters of football and we need that every game.”
Staples ran for more than 400 yards as a team and established its presence in the trenches from the opening kickoff. Levi carried the ball five times on the opening drive, the last of which went 12 yards for a touchdown to put the Wreckers on top.
“They were reading their blocks,” Staples coach Marce Petroccio said. “The beauty of this offense is that they have a couple of entry points. If they see daylight, they’re going to go and they did. The nice part was that I saw a lot of blocking downfield also.”
Speed had a 89-yard scamper on the first play of a second-quarter drive to give Staples a 21-0 lead. Levi’s third touchdown of the half gave the Wreckers a 28-6 lead.
“We needed to get going here,” Petroccio said. “We have some game-breakers on this team; for us we’re going to try to keep getting better in the passing game but when you’re moving the ball like this, it’s hard to throw it.”
Staples forced a three-and-out to start the third quarter and drove 80 yards to put the game away. Levi carried the ball for 64 yards on the drive, finishing it off for his fourth touchdown of the night and seventh in the past two games.
“Our offensive line was ready to fire off,” Speed said. “They were just dominant.”
Speed put the exclamation point on the win with a long touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Wilton (2-1) scored its lone points on a 49-yard halfback pass from Robbie Hermann to William Litton that caught the Wreckers defense off guard. Offense was hard to come by for Wilton.
“We competed tonight, we just got a little overwhelmed at times,” Wilton coach Bruce Cunningham said. “We have to learn from that and understand that we’ll adjust to the speed of the game and get better.”
Staples visits Fairfield Warde in Week 4 while Wilton takes a trip to face Fairfield Ludlowe.
STAPLES 42, WILTON 6
WILTON0 6 0 0—6
STATPLES14 14 7 7—42
S—Harris Levi 12 run (Ben van der Merwe kick)
S—Levi 17 run (van der Merwe kick)
S—Andrew Speed 89 run (van der Merwe kick)
W—Robbie Hermann 49 pass William Litton (kick missed)
S—Levi 3 run (van der Merwe kick)
S—Levi 8 run (van der Merwe kick missed)
S—Speed 55 run (van der Merwe kick)
Records: Wilton 2-1, Staples 3-0.