Staples crushes Central



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WESTPORT — The formula for Staples on Friday night was simple: get the ball to senior running back Harris Levi.

That plan turned out to be the right one.

Levi led the Wreckers’ offense as Staples ran through Central for the win, 52-0 at home.

“He did a phenomenal job,” coach Marce Petroccio said. “He’s a guy you’ve got to feed the ball to, and I think we did tonight..”

Levi finished with 12 carries for 92 yards and four touchdowns for the Wreckers.

Central looked outmatched for the majority of the contest, especially with Staples’ ground-and-pound approach.

The Hilltoppers’ lone bright spot came from quarterback Jorel Johnson, who tried to right the ship throughout the one-sided affair.

“Jorel is an explosive kid,” coach Mike Farrel said. “We didn’t give him much help tonight, but he’s a good leader. He hung in there and he competed the whole night. Obviously, the score isn’t what we wanted. But he battled through it and kept playing.”

Johnson, who finished with 52 yards rushing, and the Hilltoppers had a steep mountain to climb as the Wreckers’ defense kept the Central offense on the opponents’ side of midfield until late in the second half.

Levi said despite his great night, it was the defense that got Staples off on the right foot.

“A lot of it came from our defense,” he said. “They really set the tone for this game.”

Senior quarterback Daniel Thompson was effective at the helm of the offense, finishing 5-for-8 for 70 yards and a touchdown, while also carrying the ball seven times for 86 yards and a score.

 “He’s a great athlete,” Levi said. “He’s the captain of the team. He’s everything you see out there. He’s the best.”

SNAPPING THE SLIDE

The Wreckers’ win breaks a four-game losing streak that dated to last season.

HOME SWEET HOME

Staples has won 13 home openers since 2004.

QUOTABLE

“A lot of the credit goes to that offensive line, which was much maligned all preseason, so I think they did a tremendous job,” — Staples coach Marce Petroccio.

ajohnson@hearstmediact.com; @aronJohnson_

STAPLES 52, CENTRAL 0

CENTRAL0 0 0 0—0
STAPLES21 17 14 0—0

S—Harris Levi 6 run (Ben Van Der Mwere kick)
S—Levi 4 run (Van Der Mwere kick)
S—Daniel Thompson 6 run (Van Der Mwere kick)
S—Thompson 15 pass Max Lonergan (Van Der Mwere kick)
S—Van Der Mwere 27 Field Goal
S—Levi 8 run (Van Der Mwere kick)
S—Levi 1 run (Nico Rossi kick)
S— Cameron Lynch punt block (Rossi kick)

Records: Staples 1-0, Central 0-1.