In absolutely unforgiving weather, Jon Heil had a truly unforgettable night.

The Staples High School senior running back rushed for 366 yards on 27 carries and scored four touchdowns, lifting the second-seeded Wreckers to a 48-21 triumph over seventh-seeded Ridgefield in the Class LL quarterfinals Tuesday night at Wilton High School.

Heil broke the school rushing record, which was set by Jesse Becker when he rushed for 278 yards Nov. 23, 2000.

"Our offensive line opened holes all game long and I just did my part," said Heil. "It was a simply awesome evening."

The victory means that the FCIAC champion Staples (10-0) will battle sixth-seeded Newtown in Saturday's LL semifinals at Bunnell in Stratford at 2 p.m. Newtown vanquished Hall in Tuesday's quarterfinals.

Heil was a one-man wrecking crew as the track standout raced for touchdowns of 94, 65, eight and 80 yards over the opening three quarters.

It is safe to say that Staples did not miss the services of leading rusher Joey Zelkowitz (800 yards rushing) who sat out due to injury.

"We have three great running backs [Nick Kelly, too]," Heil said. "I knew I had to step up. But our offensive line made it easy for me."

Staples' huge offensive line just cleaned out the smaller but quicker Tigers between the tackles time and again.

"We had a bunch of other plays including some passes ready to go," said Staples head coach Marce Petroccio. "But they couldn't tackle Heil. So we just said `Keep giving him the ball until they stop him.' "

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That time never came for Ridgefield, which closed out at 8-3 after its first state playoff appearance since 2005.

"We just tip our caps to Heil. He was phenomenal," said Tigers coach Kevin Callahan. "We couldn't stop him. He was the best player on the field."

The driving rain and relentless winds made it imperative for Staples to get off to a fast start and take control.

Less than three minutes in, Heil raced 94 yards off tackle with Robbie Wolf's conversion kick making it 7-0 Staples.

Staples closed the first quarter with a 37-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Jack Massie (7-13, 105 yards) to junior wide receiver James Frusciante (three catches for 103 yards) to make it 14-0.

Ridgefield quarterback Connor Rowe found Jack Heller with a 26-yard scoring strike to open the second quarter to cut the lead in half, 14-7.

But Mr. Heil answered with a 65-yard jaunt with 5:30 left before halftime for 21-7. Heil's eight-yard run capped a 60-yard march just 1:10 before intermission for 27-7. It was the only PAT that Wolf has missed this season.

"Staples' defense was solid," Callahan said. "But we missed a field goal, we fell short on a fake punt. We just had too many mistakes (one fumble, two interceptions) to keep pace. Staples played like the special team they are. We're still trying to get to that level."

A 35-yard TD run by Gravitte and Matt Flanagan's 65-yard jaunt for Ridgefield were balanced off by Heil's 80-yard TD and Wolf's one-yard plunge, leaving Staples up 41-21 after three quarters.

Nick Kelly (eight carries for 50 yards) added a 10-yard touchdown run for Staples early in the final period.

Frusciante and senior Tziolis had interceptions for the Wreckers and Wolf forced a fumble that Tziolis recovered. The forced fumble wiped out a big gain and any potential chance the Tigers had of making it interesting. Junior Pieter Hoets had 17 tackles and four sacks and senior captain Peter Bonenfant had eight tackles and sack.

For Staples, it was a rewarding performance considering the Wreckers lost 7-6 on a failed two-point conversion at the goa lline against Glastonbury in the 2010 LL quarterfinals.

"It's a tremendous feeling. We're so happy to be moving on to the semifinals," Petroccio said. "We made big plays. Our defense played big. It was a great team effort. I'm so happy I get to coach this team and these seniors a little longer."