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Staples Kicks Off Its State Tournament Run

WESTPORT, Conn. ? Staples High School football is ready write the next chapter to what has already been a thrilling season. The newly anointed conference champions begin their march toward a state title Tuesday night against Ridgefield. Game time is 6:30 p.m. at Wilton High School.

Seeded second in the Class LL tournament, the Wreckers (9-0) play at a neutral site in the opening round since there are no lights at their home field. And taking on a familiar opponent could be a challenge for the Wreckers, Main Street Connect football analyst Kevin Jones said.

"You never want to play a conference opponent in the state playoffs. You'd rather play someone who's not prepared for you. And Ridgefield will be prepared for Staples," Jones said.

But Jones is confident Staples will have the upper hand thanks to their strong running game. Backs Joey Zelkowitz and Nick Kelly have combined for 1,493 yards rushing this season.

"When Ridgefield played Norwalk, the Bears ran all over them," Jones said. "Staples has proven to all of us that they can beat you by running the football with a multitude of different guys."

Staples has gone undefeated all season behind the quiet leadership of quarterback Jack Massie. The sophomore has been highly accurate in his first full season, completing 73 percent of his passes for 1,147 yards. He has also rushed for 254 yards and five touchdowns.

Staples has made a habit lately of coming alive in the second half. The Wreckers trailed at halftime in four games this season, only to come back in the final two quarters to win. Three of the last four victories for Staples have been of the comback variety, including the conference championship.

Watch Main Street Connect's "FCIAC Football Fast Five" for a complete breakdown of the state playoffs and our postseason predictions for Staples.

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