Wreckers dominate to shut out Wilton

Adam Kaplan, Sports Editor

Coming into Friday night there were a lot more questions than usual for the Wreckers (1-1). Could a backup quarterback be thrusted into the spotlight and succeed; could a sophomore running back be given a senior’s responsibility; and could a team rebound from heartbreak? Luckily for the navy and blue, none of that seemed to hurt Coach Marce Petroccio’s smash-mouth attack as the Wreckers won 24-0 against Wilton (1-1).

It was a Hollywood scenario for Trevor Schearer ’15 as he jogged onto Fujitani Field in Wilton. The senior signal caller before this game had been nothing more than a backup. A shoulder injury that Teddy Coogan ’15 sustained earlier in the week made him inactive. Schearer commanded the offensive beautifully as he threw passes on a dime while showing off impressive mobility.

After an opening three and out for the Wreckers, they were able to get the ball back on their own eight-yard line. A fleet-footed first down scramble by Schearer five minutes into the game turned the momentum in favor for the Wreckers, and they never looked back. With a stable of backs, which included Connor Adrian ‘16 and Ethan Burger ‘17, the Wreckers were able to punch in their first touchdown of the night.

Trouble struck the Wreckers late in the first half, a hard hit in the redzone injured Adrian and he was subsequently taken off the field leaving it up to Burger, the sophomore, to carry the load for the Wreckers. On a first down early in the third quarter, Burger showed a sign of things to come as he buried his arm into a Wilton defender and carried himself to a 10 yard run, his speed and power left the Staples section in awe.

Coach Petroccio did not have enough to say about his halfback, “He’s the real deal, without a doubt he is the real deal, he’s a thick kid and he’s not going down on the first hit.”

The defense was a force to be reckoned with as they gave up zero points. Two players really stood out, the first of which being the defensive lineman Jackson Hoebermann ’15. From start to finish he was in the backfield ending the game with a pair of sacks.

Outside of Ward controlling the trenches, Nicolaas Esposito was wreaking havoc on all parts of defense as he racked up a myriad of tackles. His highlight of the game was his fumble recovery for a 29 yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Esposito recalls his experience, “It’s been our goal to score on defense all year, so the second I saw that ball hit the ground I knew I had to bust my ass off to get to it and score.”

Next Saturday at 1:30, the Wreckers will take on Westhill at Staples’ Stadium for homecoming.