Staples football upset by Black Knights in season opener



Robinson Hall ’20 gets into the endzone for the first Wreckers touchdown of the season.

The Staples’ football team lost their first game of the season to the Stamford Black Knights, 14-13, in the first game under new head coach Andrew Behrends.

First-time quarterback Jackson Zager ’21 targeted Blake Lawrence ’20 heavily in his debut for the team. Lawrence made several catches late in the game as the Wreckers tried to make a comeback, but eventually fell short on a 4th down in Stamford territory with just under three minutes remaining.

“We showed great promise on both sides of the ball,” Griffin Bilacic ’20 said. “All we have to do is put it together and we’ll start winning games.”

Stamford quickly took the lead 6-0 on the opening drive of the game, with quarterback Isiah Johnson rushing for a touchdown, but the Black Knights missed the extra point.

Although the Staples offense lacked effectiveness, they were able to get a touchdown from Robinson Hall ’20. Their first of the season to tie the game up at 6-6.

The defense was able to keep the game close with many impactful plays. Tadeo Messenger ’20 captured an interception for a touchdown in the second half while Bilacic added another two interceptions. Bilacic believes that the future is positive for the team.

The Wreckers will hope to use this loss as motivation for the rest of the season and fuel them onto a successful season.

“We’re prepared to work really hard this week to turn things around quickly,” Lawrence said.

Zager replaced Jake Thaw ’20, who has transitioned from quarterback to wide receiver. In his first start at his new position, Thaw led the team in receptions and yards. Thaw was quick to put this game behind him and look ahead.

“Congrats to Stamford for coming out strong week one. We’re moving on and gearing up for New Britain,” Thaw said.

The Wreckers will take on New Britain on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 6:00 p.m. at Norwalk High School.