Heil, Staples race into LL semifinals
WILTON, Conn.- Jon Heil entered Tuesday's state playoff game with 364 yards and five touchdowns on the season.
The Staples senior speedster nearly eclipsed both of those totals on this career night.
Heil rushed 28 times for 356 yards and four touchdowns to power second-seeded Staples to a 48-21 victory over seventh-seeded Ridgefield in the CIAC Class LL quarterfinals at rain-soaked Wilton High School.
Next up for the FCIAC champion Wreckers (10-0) is a semifinal showdown against No. 6 Newtown on Saturday.
Staples jumped out to an early lead on a 94-yard score by Heil, and never looked back. Heil added touchdown runs of 63, 8 and 80 as the Wreckers piled up 424 yards on the ground and led 27-7 at the intermission.
"The line did a great job of blocking, the holes were there all night," Heil said. "We've got a short week of practice now, but we're looking forward to it."
Sophomore quarterback Jack Massie completed 7 of 12 passes for 100 yards. His primary target was big-play wideout James Fruscaiante, who hauled in three catches for 101 yards -- highlighted by a 37-yard touchdown late in the first quarter.
"It was a total team effort," Fruscaiante said. "Our coaches put us in great positions, and we stepped it up."
Ridgefield (8-3) finished with 316 yards, but Staples' defense rose to the occasion by producing two interceptions, one fumble recovery, three sacks while also blocking a field goal. Vasili Tziolis picked off a pass by Connor Rowe and got his hands on a 40-yard field goal attempt on the Tigers' first possession, while junior Pieter Hoets registered 1.5 sacks for the Wreckers.
Junior Nick Kelly added a 10-yard touchdown run, and Robbie Wolf plunged into the end zone from 1 yard out in the victory.