Wreckers trounce Central 48-8 on gridiron
He deflected the credit, much as the ball was deflected into his arms.
Still, James Frusciante was in the right place three times to turn Saturday's game at Kennedy Stadium into a 48-8 Staples win over Central.
The Staples junior wide receiver/defensive back had an interception on Central's first drive, recovered a fumble deep in Staples territory on the second, then was wide open for an 89-yard touchdown pass that made it 14-0 eight minutes in.
That was Frusciante's first eight minutes.
"He's on every special team. He starts on defense. He starts on offense," Staples coach Marce Petroccio said.
He helped erase Central's good start and turn it into an easy win for the Wreckers (2-0).
"We shot ourselves in the foot," said Central coach Dave Cadelina, whose team fell to 0-2. "It's not only the turnovers. We got down the field and got a couple of penalties. I'm determined to see what the heck the issue was."
One issue for the Hilltoppers was that Staples, very quickly, ran the option nearly perfectly, building a 31-0 lead.
The Wreckers got the opening kickoff, but three rushing attempts for Joey Zelkowitz, who had over 200 yards on the ground Sept. 17 against St. Joseph, went nowhere.
Central took the ball to the Staples' 12, with four plays involving five different players going for 10 yards or more. But Staples forced a fumble. With second-and-15 from its 11, Staples called timeout.
"We said, you know what, we're on the 11. Let's go for it," Petroccio said.
There wasn't a red jersey in sight when Massie lofted a pass to Frusciante. Few got close by the time he ran inside the left pylon.
"It felt really good to jump on them early," Frusciante said.
Kicker Robbie Wolf made field goals of 32 and 21 yards to keep the Wreckers' momentum going.
Take away those early turnovers, though, and the day could've been different. Cadelina liked the way quarterback Xavier Hardison threw.
"We've got confidence in our offense to move the ball," said Hilltoppers co-captain Fred Tucker, who broke tackles and powered for 130 yards on 18 carries. "It's just mistakes. We've got a lot of young guys on the team. We can't make mistakes."