Wreckers Unable to Overcome Greenwich


Jack Massie ’14 drops back, looks to the endzone and floats a perfect pass into the back corner which Will Johnson ’14 leaps into the air and pulls down with 40 seconds remaining in the first half.

Although it was a phenomenal play, the above mentioned touchdown and ensuing point after touchdown, or extra point, wound up being the Wreckers’ only score in a disappointing 27-7 Turkey Day loss to the Greenwich Cardinals. With 224 yards, two interceptions, and three touchdowns, Greenwich’s Austin Longi ‘15 carried the Cardinals to victory.

“We picked a bad day to have a bad day,” Coach Marce Petroccio said. “We just did not play our best.”

Captain Patrick Lesch ’14 agrees with Petroccio. “There is not any one reason we lost to Greenwich. Greenwich is a good team and we just didn’t play a good game overall,” Lesch said.

Unfortunately, this loss ended the Wreckers’ football season. Staples finishes with an 8-3 record, with the other two losses coming at the hands of Xavier and New Canaan, teams both ranked first in the state at some point during the season.

“We just aren’t physically ready to beat a team like that,” Petroccio said. “Now, a year from now, that could be a different story.”

The end of this season brings the end of Staples football careers to the following seniors: Bobby Jacowleff, Will Johnson, Jack Massie, Mike Gifford, Patrick Lesch, Jack Greenwald, Austin Nicklas, Brian Porter, Henri Rizack, Chase Colasurdo, Nick Ward, Peter Blevens, and Ryan Ruggiano.

“This year’s seniors are all great kids, hard workers,” Petroccio said. “I think it was a great year for a group of seniors who had a lot of friends decide not to play. They did a great job.”