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Thursday, November 27, 2003

A Hug from the Coach Says it All

Staples Coach Marce Petroccio gives senior Jimmy Hughes a big hug following today’s 55-28 win over Fairfield. The Wreckers meet Windsor Tuesday night at McMahon in Norwalk in the state semi-finals. WestportNow.com photo


11/27/03 05:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Paying Honor to Jimmy Hughes

Staples Coach Marce Petroccio pays tribute to senior Jimmy Hughes as the all-time FCIAC scoring champion following today’s 55-28 win over Fairfield. Hughes scored six touchdowns in the game, bringing his career total to 73, one more than Greenwich’s Jim Henry. Leonard Samela/Staplesfootball.com


11/27/03 05:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Looking for a Receiver

Staples quarterback D. J. Stefkovich looks for an open receiver during today’s Staples 55-28 win over Fairfield at Fairfield. WestportNow.com photo


11/27/03 05:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Perfect Thanksgiving Day Football Weather

The weather was picture perfect for today’s Thanksgiving Day Staples vs Fairfield football game at Fairfield. That’s a turkey balloon flying over the stands. WestportNow.com photo


11/27/03 05:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Coach’s View

Staples Coach Marce Petroccio watches today as his Wreckers defeated the Fairfield Mustangs 55-28 at Fairfield to extend their season record to 12-0. WestportNow.com photo


11/27/03 05:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Staples Making Strong Push for No. 2 in New London Day Coaches Poll

The Day of New London says Staples is gaining increased recognition in its poll of state football coaches.

Staples of Westport (11-0) is making a strong push toward the No. 2 ranking in The Day state coaches poll, and understandably so,Ӕ the newspaper reported today.

The Wreckers, who trail No. 2 Ansonia (10-0) by just two points, picked up a second first-place vote after a convincing 35-0 win over Danbury in the 38th Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship game Friday.

ӓThe Hatters (9-2) were No. 9 headed into the FCIAC final, and it was the Wreckers’ second straight shutout in six days as they beat No. 7 Greenwich (9-1) 28-0 on Nov. 15.

Staples tailback Jimmy Hughes rushed 15 times for 188 yards and three touchdowns (1, 15 and 78 yards) against Danbury while safety Scott Damassa added three interceptions ӗ all in the first half.


11/25/03 06:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, November 24, 2003

Man on the Run

It’s back to the classroom today for the Staples Wreckers, still savoring Friday night’s 35-0 win over Danbury for the first Wrecker FCIAC title since 1997. Senior Jimmy Hughes added three more touchdowns to his record. Staples next meets Fairfield at 10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at Fairfield. Staplesfootball.com photo


11/24/03 04:32 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, November 22, 2003

They’ll Go Down in History

Coach Marce Petruccio and his Staples Wreckers show off the FCIAC award Friday night following their 35-0 win over Danbury at Stamford. Dave Nissim/Staplesfootball.com photo


11/22/03 07:17 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Defeats Danbury 35-0 to Take FCIAC Title

There was a good crowd on hand in Stamford tonight to watch Staples defeat Danbury 35-0 to win the FCIAC championship for the first time since 1997. WestportNow.com photo


11/22/03 02:46 AM Comments () • Permalink

Plenty to Cheer About

The Staples cheerleaders had plenty to cheer about tonight as Staples easly overpowered Danbury 35-0 for the FCIAC title. The game was played at Stamford’s Boyle Stadium. WestportNow.com photo


11/22/03 02:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, November 21, 2003

Coach P: Don’t Expect a Blowout Tonight

Staples football coach Marce Petruccio says tonight’s FCIAC championship game against Danbury at Stamford will be hard fought. “Anyone who expects a blowout—it’s not going to happen,” said Petruccio, seen here following last Saturday’s 28-0 win over Greenwich. WestportNow.com photo


11/21/03 02:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Staples vs Danbury FCIAC Football Championship Postponed 24 Hours Due to Rain

Tonight’s FCIAC football championship game pitting Staples against Danbury has been postponed 24 hours due to rain.

The game will take place Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Boyle Stadium in Stamford.


11/20/03 04:49 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Coach P on TV

Staples Coach Marce Petroccio and his staff watch Saturday’s action against Greenwich in this shot from Cablevision coverage. Viewers saw the game live with a replay this morning as the MSG high school “Tri-State Game of the Week.” WestportNow.com photo


11/16/03 12:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

“S” is for Superior

The Staples cheerleaders had their biggest audience of the season Saturday, including viewers of a live cable telecast, when Staples defeated Greenwich 28-0. Freshman Emma Goss proudly sports the Staples “S.” WestportNow.com photo


11/16/03 04:19 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thousands Turn Out for the Battle of the Undefeateds

More than 4,300 fans turned out for Saturday’s Staples-Greenwich battle of the undefeateds which was also seen and heard live on cable TV and radio. It was believed to be the largest crowd ever to watch a Staples home game. WestportNow.com photo


11/16/03 04:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

Flashing His Style

Staples senior halfback Jimmy Hughes added three touchdowns Saturday in the 28-0 win over Greenwich, raising his FCIAC-high touchdown record this season to 28. Thom Burrows for WestportNow.com


11/16/03 04:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

Savoring the Moment

Coach Marce Petroccio congratulates his team following the Wrecker 28-0 rout of Greenwich Saturday. Now it’s on to the FCIAC final Thursday night against Danbury in Stamford—the first Wrecker FCIAC championship appearance since last winning the title in 1997. WestportNow.com photo


11/16/03 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, November 15, 2003

It’s All Yours, Jimmy

Sophomore quarterback D. J. Stefkovich hands off to senior Jimmy Hughes to help power the Wrecker offense in today’s 28-0 romp over Greenwich for the FCIAC East title. Staples meets Danbury Thursday at Stamford for the FCIAC championship. WestportNow.com photo


11/15/03 11:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making it Big in the Big Game

It was the biggest game of the year and Staples senior Jimmy Hughes came through once again, scoring three touchdowns in today’s 28-0 win over Greenwich at home. Thom Burrows for WestportNow.com


11/15/03 09:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

It Was Doggone Cold

It seemed practically everyone in town turned out for today’s 28-0 Staples win over Greenwich despite the cold. Temperatures were in the low 40s with a chilly wind. Thom Burrows for WestportNow.com


11/15/03 09:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tough Going for Greenwich

The Greenwich offense found it tough going today as the Cardinals fell to the Wreckers 28-0 at Staples. Going into the game, Greenwich was third-ranked and undefeated and Staples was fourth-ranked and undefeated. Thom Burrows for WestportNow.com


11/15/03 09:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Catching His Breath

Coach Marce Petroccio checks on Jimmy Hughes after the Staples senior scored his third touchdown of the day—a 77-yard run—in today’s 28-0 win over Greenwich. Thom Burrows for WestportNow.com


11/15/03 09:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Excuse Me, Coming Through

Staples senior Jimmy Hughes powers through the Cardinal line during today’s 28-0 win over Greenwich. WestportNow.com photo


11/15/03 09:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, November 14, 2003

Westports Sean MulcahyҒs to Miss Last UConn Game

Flashback: Sean Mulcahy with Westport friends after last Saturday’s game. WestportNow.com photo
Westports Sean Mulcahy, a UConn senior tri-captain who has played in all 45 games during his Huskies football career, will miss his final game Saturday at Wake Forest. Mulcahy, a defensive tackle who is a 2000 Saples grad, has been struggling after suffering a neck and shoulder stinger over a month ago. He has played through it until last Saturday’s home-finale against Rutgers, but aggravated the injury and left in the second half. Unless the Huskies (8-3) earn a bowl bid, Mulcahy’s career will end after not only playing in all previous 45 games, but starting 37 straight. He will be replaced by sophomore Deon McPhee. ғIt’s a shame, UConn coach Randy Edsall said during a conference call with reporters Thursday, according to The Day of New London. ԓBut a young man’s health is more important than anything else. Edsall did say Mulcahy will travel with the team today to Winston-Salem, N.C. and will walk out on the field with fellow captains Sean Feldeisen and Uyi Osunde.


11/14/03 03:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Staples vs Greenwich is THE Big Game

The Staples Gridiron Club came up with this reminder to Westporters about Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. contest against Greenwich at home. Both teams are undefeated on the season. Tony Slez/Staples Gridiron Club


11/13/03 12:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, November 10, 2003

UConn Nostalgia: Westports Sean Mulcahy Plays Last Home Game, Injures Shoulder Again

It was a nostalgic day for Westports Sean Mulcahy Saturday as he played his last home game as UConnҒs defensive tackle and tri-captain. Despite the loss of Mulcahy for most of the fourth quarter due to a recurring injury, the Huskies managed to pull out a last-minute 38-31 win over Rutgers thanks to a bungled Rutgers punt return before a sellout crowd of 40,000 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
UConn tri-captain Sean Mulcahy (center) shows off his home team jersey award with (l. to r.) Westport Staples classmates Bob Lynch and Ben Joseloff, and his mother, Liz. WestportNow.com photo
During pre-game ceremonies, each of the 19 senior players, including Mulcahy, was presented with a mounted home jersey. Mulcahys parents, Liz and John, were on the field with him to share in the moment. Later. Mulcahy celebrated his last home victory with friends who included Staples classmates Bob Lynch and Ben Joseloff, who were his guests at the game. Mulcahy took a blow to his already sore shoulder early in the fourth quarter and was forced to sit out the remainder of the game. It was his 37th straight start for the Huskies. UConn coach Randy Edsall later joked to reporters that Mulcahy was just trying to get out of drills this week. “He’ll be all right,” Edsall said. “Sean gets hurt late in the game because he doesn’t want to practice inside run on Tuesday and Wednesday.” Mulcahy, who doesn’t mind a joke on occasion, responded in kind. “Put him in shoulder pads. Let’s see him do inside run,” Mulcahy said. Teammates said it appeared Mulcahy was hurting much worse than he had after suffering similar “stinger” injuries in the past. He will try and sit out a couple days of practice this week so he can play in the season finale against Wake Forest Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C. “Hopefully I have enough time to rest,” Mulcahy said. “We’ll see.Ҕ Meanwhile, there was time to savor the moments of the last home game for these seniors something Edsall had sold to them as a dream when he recruited them as high school seniors four years ago. “I wouldn’t say I’m a gullible guy, but he’s pretty convincing,” Mulcahy told the Hartford Courant. “I’m a dreamer. I’m definitely a dreamer. I always look for good things to happen in tough situations. It makes sense. You keep moving toward better records, and anything is possible.”


11/10/03 12:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, November 09, 2003

Playing (and Dreaming?) Where the Big Boys Play

Today’s sunny, crisp, fall weather was perfect for the Westport Police Athletic League football games against Darien and Wilton at Staples High School.  WestportNow.com photo


11/09/03 05:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, November 08, 2003

With a Little Help from My Friends

Staples senior Jimmy Hughes moves the ball ahead with the help from fellow Wrecker Drew Grasso today in a 28-14 victory over Wilton. Hughes added three touchdowns to his school offense record. WestportNow.com photo


11/08/03 09:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Trying to Warm Up the Crowd

Staples cheerleaders try to warm up the home crowd during today’s Staples 28-14 victory over Wilton. The weather was windy and in the mid 30s. Staples improved to 9-0 on the season. WestportNow.com photo


11/08/03 08:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Baby it’s Cold Outside

The Staples cheerleaders are bundled up against the cold during today’s 28-14 home win over Wilton. WestportNow.com photo


11/08/03 08:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

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