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Staples Takes Homecoming Game, 14-7

Staples’ homecoming was an on-the-field success.

Brett Phillips, Wilton’s senior quarterback, drops back from the Wreckers’ 26-yard line, a minute left on the clock, and releases a bullet towards the end zone. Bobby Jacowleff ’14 leaps up and pulls the ball down at the four-yard line, putting an end to a threatening push by the Wilton Warriors. Jack Massie ’14 comes on to the field and runs out the minute remaining on the game clock, giving the Wreckers a 14-7 homecoming win.

The Wreckers had a rough start, with an interception on their first drive down the field. The defense came out strong, however, and forced Wilton to punt after 3 downs.

Captain Will Johnson ’14 scored the Wrecker’s first touchdown on a 75-yard punt return about 5 minutes into the game.

The defense continued to play well, first forcing Wilton to punt and then recovering a fumble. The first quarter ended with the score still 7-0.

In the second quarter, Patrick Lesch ’14 toughed out a series of productive carries before tearing his way into the end zone on a 9-yard run.

Now down by 14 points, Wilton pushed back hard. Phillips ran for their first touchdown with 1:07 left in the half. Then the Warriors picked-off a pass attempt from Massie and powered to the Wreckers’ 9-yard line. With seven seconds remaining, there was a chance the half could end 14-14, but the defense for Staples held them, with the half ending in a missed field goal from Wilton.

Wilton maintained control of the ball for most of the second half, but the Wrecker defense held them scoreless.

In the fourth quarter, Wilton made a last minute drive down the field, ending with Jacowleff’s interception.

Coach Marce Petroccio will take the win, but he says he knows the team can do better.

“We made a lot of mistakes,” Petroccio said. “We’ve got to move the sticks. We’ve got to stop [our opponents].”

Despite a bit of a rough start to the season, Lesch has high hopes. “Our team is coming together well and we have the same goals as every season, which are to get an FCIAC and a state title.”

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Jimmy Ray Stagg
Jimmy Ray Stagg, Web Creative Director
Jimmy Ray Stagg is a Staples senior and has been an Inklings writer since sophomore year. He likes to cover sports and plays baseball and football in his free time. “I could write forever about sports,” said Stagg. He plans to play catcher for Staples again this year. His favorite baseball team is the Mets. “It’s great to be a Mets fan”, said Stagg, “especially with the year that the Mets are having.” Stagg is also a Patriots fan. “I can talk about the Patriots forever,” said Stagg. Stagg is a member of both Orphenians and Staples Players. Stagg had his acting debut at eight in Children Of Eden and has been in many Bedford and Staples plays since. “I have a thing for attention,” said Stagg. Stagg is a great Inklings mentor and I have already learned much from him in the past two weeks.
Megan Root
Megan Root, News Editor
Megan Root ’15, never stops running, whether it is on the soccer field or chasing a story. She began her Inklings career her second half of junior year as a staff writer and has recently transitioned into a position as a news editor. Before Inklings she was an avid reader of the New York Times who loved politics and education. To Root, one of the main attractions of the paper was it gave her the opportunity to discover more about her school and community. “It gives you cover, you are not just a random person asking questions you are a reporter asking questions.” To Root the interview is the key to the story. After every interview she writes down all of the interesting quotes and pieces of information she took away. It is from this information that she tries to find the story. One piece she wrote that she believes best showcases her ability to do this is Genders split over weight-training. Although the story was originally supposed to be about how some teams were getting more time in the weight room than others, she discovered that the boys’ teams just wanted more time in the weight whereas the girls teams did not. Root has some personal experience with sports, as a varsity athlete and senior captain of the girls varsity soccer team at Staples. She says when she was about three years old her older brother, who also played soccer, started to teach her. And she was marked for success right from the start, “My first game...nobody else really knew how to play, so I had this really unfair advantage, and I scored twelve goals my first game.” She continued that success through high school, making the varsity team her freshman year and becoming captain her junior year.  

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