I’m going to make this short and sweet because there are stories to write, capsules to finish and analyses to make.
But the score you Prep fans have all been waiting for is here.
STAPLES 21, FAIRFIELD PREP 14
I got there just as Staples took the opening kickoff and, in a theme that played itself over and over until I left late in the third quarter, drove right down and scored on a 1-yard run by QB Brandon Pacilio.
Prep’s offense, which has the lines to contend, struggled to run with Connor Kelly or throw with new QB Brendan Nizolek.
The Wreckers added another short touchdown run and, after Prep needed three downs to score a 1-yard run against Staples’ front seven, the Wreckers sliced through Prep’s front seven and zipped right back down with a couple of nice runs by Tyler Healy and Jack Ambrose and scored on another Pacilio run to make it 21-7. Nizolek was intercepted in the end zone to end the half.
Prep’s offense didn’t get into gear until the second half when the coaching staff inserted back Tyrell Ballard, who scored a touchdown to cut it to 21-14. Prep got the ball back again at its own 10 with 4 minutes left and zipped down to the Staples 20 with two minutes left. But Nizolek was picked off again in the end zone pretty much wrapping things up.
(Incidentally, this last report comes courtesy of Prep student
Jack Jake Van Sant because I had a meeting back in Bridgeport). Update: And apparently, I’m so thankful I gave the wrong first name. :/)
Now, Staples looked very impressive, especially on defense. The Wreckers are going to be pretty darn good, given all their losses (they haven’t lineman Joe Kestenbaum all preseason).
I heard good things about Prep. But, based on this scrimmage, they need some serious work–especially defensively. Some of those Staples runs were way too easy. It didn’t help that lineman
Peter Christiani Peter Gruppo was out. Luckily for the Jesuits, they don’t play Week 1. By then, however, I think they’re going to be ready.