The playoffs were on the line and the Staples High School football team had no need for drama in its final game of the regular season. The Wreckers dominated their Thanksgiving Day matchup against Greenwich from the starting whistle to the last play, winning 27-8. Westport (9-1) clinched the No. 5 seed in the Class LL state playoffs.
The Wreckers seemed to be motivated by a last-second loss to Trumbull two weeks ago that denied them a shot at the FCIAC title. Freshman quarterback Jack Massie marched his team 53 yards down the field on the Wreckers' opening drive, taking advantage of an injury-riddled Cardinals squad. The possession culminated in an 8-yard touchdown run by Tyler Jacobs. Staples scored on three of its first five possessions, racking up 21 of its points in the first half.
The Staples defense provided the fireworks with bone-jarring hits against Greenwich's running game. The Wreckers held Greenwich to 39 total yards on offense in the first half and quickly got the ball back in the hands of Massie.
Junior tailback John Heil ripped off a 69-yard run early in the second quarter to put the Wreckers up 14-0. Staples put together another impressive drive in the closing minutes of the first half, finishing with a stellar falling catch by Chris Coyne for a two-yard TD. Staples' last score came on a Matt Yeager interception, which he returned 39 yards for a touchdown.
The win sealed a playoff spot for the Wreckers, which will try to avenge their heartbreaking 2009 state championship loss. Staples will travel to fourth-ranked Glastonbury on Tuesday for a quarterfinals matchup.
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