Staples quarterback Caleb Smith helped lead the Wreckers to a 13-12 victory over Fairfield Prep in their state playoff opener Tuesday. / Photo by Andy Hutchison

By Andy Hutchison

WESTPORT — Top-seeded Staples edged No. 8 Fairfield Prep 13-12 in the Class LL State football quarterfinals on a cold Tuesday night at home.

Staples trailed 9-6 at halftime, but took the lead in the third quarter and hung on.

Quarterback Caleb Smith had two rushing touchdowns — one of them a 60-yard run.

The Wreckers’ defense had a big game, holding Prep to one TD and two field goals. The defense also stuffed a two-point conversion attempt.

The Wreckers will host No. 5 Southington in the semis at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. This is a rematch of a Sept. 22 game won by the Wreckers, 34-27.

Southington is coming off a 47-20 win over No. 4 Manchester.

The winner will face either No. 2 Greenwich or No. 3 West Haven in the Dec. 9 title game. Staples beat Greenwich, 24-13, last week in their Thanksgiving Day faceoff.

Andy Hutchison has been covering school sports — including Staples athletics — as well as news and feature stories in Fairfield County, since the 1990s. Learn more about us here.