Coming out of halftime trailing Staples 14-6, Norwalk High's football team felt good about its chances of pulling off a second straight upset in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Then the Wreckers went to work.
Staples scored on the first drive of the second half and went on to march past Norwalk, 35-6, on Friday Night at Testa Field. The Wreckers improved to 2-0 while Norwalk fell to 1-1.
Tyler Jacobs scored on a 53-yard punt return before the game was two minutes old to stake Staples to an early 7-0 lead. Quarterback Chester Pajoiek scored on a 16-yard run in the second quarter. Norwalk answered on the kickoff, as speedy Derek Edwards cut down the left sideline for an 84-yard return. Four plays later, quarterback Anthony Ferraro scored on a 1-yard run.
Pajoiek scored on a 2-yard run on the first drive of the third quarter, and the Wreckers put it away with two fourth quarter scores. Jacobs and John Heil combined to rush for 139 yards for Staples, and Pajoiek completed eight-of-14 passes for 73 yards. "We played hard on defense,'' Norwalk coach Pete Tucci said. "We played a better game on defense than we did last week. Staples is a good team." Norwalk forced two turnovers, including an interception by Joey Dellarippa and a fumble recovery by Bobby Stringfellow.
Offensively, however, Norwalk struggled to move the ball consistently. Staples forced five turnovers, and quarterback Ferraro felt pressure the whole game. Norwalk managed just 56 yards of total offense in the first half. Determined running backs Kenny Francois and Clifton Prophete found little running room against the aggressive Staples defense.
Norwalk travels to Trumbull for a game at 7 p.m. Friday.
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