John Nash | October 19, 2018
Photo: Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media
WESTPORT — Jake Thaw has come into his own as quarterback of the Staples football team.
The junior signal-caller amassed 245 of the Wreckers’ 447 total yards Friday night, rushing for four touchdowns and throwing for another while leading Staples to a 40-20 win over Norwalk.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder scored on touchdown runs of 1, 10, 14 and 42 yards and connected with wide receiver Kevin Rabacs on a 28-yard passing play to spark the offense.
“Jake played really well,” Staples coach Phil Treglia said. “He’s behind a good offensive line and he complements what we’re doing. It was just his time to shine tonight and he did.”
Thaw — who led scoring drives on Staples’ opening two possession — was the first to admit he didn’t do it alone.
“Things just opened up,” Thaw said. “I’m going to get credit for the touchdowns, but it’s the offensive line opening up massive holes and the receivers blocking up field. It’s what everybody is doing around me that allows me to do that.”
Two of Thaw’s highlight plays on the night came on back-to-back plays.
He scrambled 42 yards for a touchdown to give Staples a 27-6 lead with 7:61 left in the third quarter.
On the Wreckers’ next drive, on a second-and-7, Thaw had the ball stripped away from him by a Norwalk defender.
He had the wherewithal, however, to pick the ball and race for a first down, keeping the drive alive. Staples would later score when Tim Luciano (25 carries, 147 yards) found the end zone on a 5-yard plunge as Staples built a 33-6 advantage.
“He’s very good,” Norwalk coach Sean Ireland said of Thaw. “He runs that offense well. He can throw a little bit. His reads are perfect on the run game. He’s a dual-threat quarterback and those are tough to prepare for.”