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    Staples too much for McMahon

    by Jesse Quinlan on
    Fri, Sep 28, 2012 9:52 PM

    Updated Sat, Sep 29, 2012 1:11 PM
    Staples too much for McMahon
    Photo by David Hahn

    It took a 14-point fourth-quarter comeback for the Staples High School football team to slip past McMahon last season.

    This time around, the Wreckers' victory wasn't nearly as dramatic.

    The MSG Varsity Game of the Week never did materialize as mighty Staples lit the home scoreboard early and often, using a dominant first half to post a 55-14 win Friday night.

    Quite frankly, this early-season battle of unbeatens wasn't even that close.

    The Wreckers (3-0) rang up 35 first-quarter points, scored on all seven of their first-half possessions and took a commanding 49-0 cushion into the locker room.

    It was domination in all three phases of the game on a night when Staples was simply unstoppable.

    Senior Nick Kelly led the way with three touchdowns, and before the wet night was over, five other Wreckers had crossed the goal line.

    "We're playing with a lot of confidence but have to keep working hard," said Kelly, who scored on first-half runs of 17, 1 and 9 yards. "We have a great O-line, and when they're playing this well it's hard to beat us."

    The reigning FCIAC champs finished with 444 yards, including 356 on the ground.

    McMahon (2-1) gained 226 yards, but most of those came late in the game against the Wreckers second-string defense with the outcome long decided.

    Senior Joey Zelkowitz quickly got the Wreckers on the board, scoring from 3 yards out to punctuate a 6-play, 63-yard drive two minutes into the game.

    Junior quarterback Jack Massie added an 18-yard touchdown run, classmate Patrick Lesch scored on a 48-yarder and Zach Speranza (eight carries, 98 yards) found the end zone from 25 yards out.

    Staples flirted with the CIACs 50-point rule when Tyler Tsang scored on the opening possession of the second half to make it 55-0.

    But the Senators were able to avoid the shutout when Kyle Jordan scored on a 1-yard plunge late in the third quarter. Dynamic backfield partner Trey Forney added a 45-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

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