Staples football takes commanding win over Brien McMahon


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Ryan Thompson ’22 makes a miraculous grab over two defenders in the third quarter bringing Staples to the McMahon one yard-line.

Jackson Lev ’20 , Paper Sports Editor

The Staples’ football team showed out in their fourth game of the season against Brien McMahon, with a commanding 35-7 win. 


On Friday, Oct. 2, the Wreckers took on the Senators in an away game they very much needed to win after suffering a tough 7-0 loss to Ridgefield the week before. The Wreckers led 21-7 in the third quarter when they broke the game open due to two plays by Sam Millberg ’21.


On third down, Millberg broke through the McMahon line and sacked the quarterback, forcing the Senators to punt. On fourth down, Millberg again broke through and made a play on special teams, blocking McMahon’s punt and giving Staples the ball back on the Senators 31 yard-line.   


Following this defensive stand, quarterback Jackson Zager ’21 lofted a long pass down field that was snagged at the one yard-line by Ryan Thompson ’22 over two defenders. The next play, Zager finished the job with a touchdown run, expanding the Staples lead to 28-7 with 4:34 left in the third. 


“Our ability to run and throw effectively was the key,” running back Henry Beck ’21 said. 


Staples played sharp in the second half, much of that play be attributed to their emphasis on attention to detail and staying level-headed, according to the team. 


“We knew that we had to stay focused and be better in the second half if we wanted to win,” wide receiver Michael Loucas ’20 said.  


In the final quarter, Staples was able to get on the board once more after Zager decided to keep a read option and carry it 12 yards into the endzone, making the score 35-7. 


The Wreckers hope to build off this win and relax in their bye week while not getting complacent. 


“Every time we practice is an opportunity to get better, so we’re looking forward to building on our intensity during this bye week,” Captain Jake Thaw ’20 said. 


Staples next challenge comes Friday, Oct. 18, at 7:00 p.m. at North Haven High School. 


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