Staples football team stomps Wilton, 37-0

Dominating on both sides of the ball, Staples routed the Wilton High football team by a score of 37-0 on Friday night at Tom Fujitani Field in Wilton.

The Warriors fell to 0-2 with the loss, while Staples improved to 2-0.

Staples led 23-0 at halftime and then added its final two touchdowns in the third quarter.

Connor Adrian opened the scoring for the Wreckers on a 42-yard TD run early in the first quarter.

Ethan Burger then ran for a 16-yard touchdown to put Staples ahead 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Another Burger scoring run stretched the Wreckers' lead to 20-0, and kicker Ben van der Merwe atoned for a missed extra point by nailing a field goal with 1.2 seconds left in the half to make it 23-0 at intermission.

Staples quarterback Andrew Speed, who victimized the Warriors with his arm in the first half, then used his feet to add two touchdowns in the third quarter. Speed scored on a 21-yard keeper with 9:10 left in the period and then found the end zone again on a 37-yard run with 6:07 remaining in the third.

With a big lead, the Wreckers were content to rely on their defense to close the shutout in a scoreless final quarter.

The statistics testified to Staples' dominance: The Wreckers gained nearly 300 yards of total offense in the opening half and held Wilton to under 100 yards of offense for the game.

Notes: Wilton has scored just three points in its first two games. The Warriors began the season with a 28-3 loss to Brien McMahon last week.

Wilton will face another struggling team next Saturday (Oct. 3) when it hosts Fairfield Ludlowe in the Warriors' homecoming game at 2:30 at Fujitani Field. Following a 44-7 loss to Ridgefield tonight, Ludlowe is now 0-2 and has been outscored, 79-13.