Staples football coach Marce Petroccio told Tyler Jacobs that he needed the senior to be a factor in Friday's game against Norwalk. Jacobs listened and delivered in a big way.
He scored on a 53-yard punt return before the game was two minutes old to spark Staples to a 35-6 victory over the Bears at Testa Field. Jacobs also intercepted three passes as Staples improved to 2-0. Norwalk fell to 1-1.
"He had a breakout game on both sides of the ball,'' Petroccio said. "I'm happy for him. He has great balance, good vision and tremendous desire."
Quarterback Chester Pajoiek ran for two touchdowns and threw to Zach Mitchell for another for Staples. The Wreckers' other touchdown came on a 31-yard run by John Heil.
Norwalk put up a good fight for a half. Staples led 14-6 at halftime, then scored on the opening drive of the second half on Pajoiek's 2-yard run. Heil's 28-yard touchdown run two plays into the fourth quarter put the game away.
Staples also played well defensively, forcing five turnovers. Greg Strauss picked off a pass and Rob Gau had an interception. Staples limited Norwalk to just 56 yards of offense in the first half.
The Wreckers were balanced offensively, as Jacobs rushed 15 times for 69 yards. Heil added 66 yards on five carries and also caught two passes for 23 yards. Pajoiek completed eight-of-14 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown.
"They're a very good team,'' Petroccio said of Norwalk. "We came out in the second half, and I think our defense played well. Sometimes our offense hurts us because we're inexperienced. We'll have to be ready to play next week" against Ridgefield.
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