Staples football head coach Marce Petroccio should have learned from his friend and rival head coach, New Canaan's Lou Marinelli: When the game is on the line, play for the tie. After scoring with just over a minute left in the first round of the Class LL tournament , the Wreckers played for the win.
Like their FCIAC counterparts who lost in similar fashion to St. Joseph in Week Six, the Wreckers failed on the two-point conversion. And this 7-6 loss to Glastonbury booted them from the playoffs and from a shot at the state title.
In a game eerily reminiscent of their last-minute loss to Trumbull in Week Nine, the fifth-ranked Wreckers trailed by a touchdown late in the game. After the offense had been silenced the entire night, freshman quarterback Jack Massie marched his team 65 yards down the field with 3:55 to play. Massie connected with Jason Mawicke from 10 yards out to cut the deficit to one.
Staples called for the two-point conversion to take the lead. Tyler Jacobs took the snap out of the Wildcat formation, rolled to his left and was stopped a yard shy of the goal line by Glastonbury's Malcolm Crosson. Crosson also scored the Tomahawks' lone touchdown.
Massie filled in admirably in the final four weeks of the season after Chet Pajolek was ruled out for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
It is the second year in a row Staples' season has ended in heartbreaking fashion. Last year, the team fell to Cheshire in the semifinals.
The Wreckers finish the season with a 9-2 record.
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