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Staples’ Marce Petroccio on revised schedule: “It is what it is”

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Staples coach Marce Petroccio talks with quarterback Jack Massie during last Saturday's win over Darien.

Staples football coach Marce Petroccio is in a tough situation. His team is in a tougher one.

Based on the revised FCIAC football schedule, the Wreckers — along with Greenwich and Trinity Catholic — could play seven games in 30 days if they reach both the league and state championship games.

Staples is a heavy favorite to run the table and win both. If Petroccio complains about the schedule, he will be viewed as a whiner. If Petroccio says he is pleased with the current situation…lets just say his words may come off as a little disingenuous.

So Petroccio took the high road — or, more accurately, the middle ground — today after having nearly 24 hours to digest the situation.

“It is what it is,” Petroccio said. “What are you going to do? If we are fortunate enough to get to the FCIAC and state games we will deal with it.”

Petroccio said while he may hold one view, he understands that the people at Trinity Catholic are probably looking through a different prism.

“Honest to God, it’s easy to look through my eyes, but look at it through Trinity Catholic’s eyes,” he said. “They are having their best season in 20 years and have a great opportunity.”

About the only time Petroccio strayed from the middle of the road, every so slightly, is when he said, “I think (the FCIAC final) of course should be played. I would have liked a little more time to get ready for three games in a short period of time.”

As for the big question: would Petroccio prefer the revised schedule or canceling the FCIAC championship game, as many have called for, he said, “I’ve got to think about that.”

Spoken like a true diplomat.

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