St. Joseph's offensive line stands out in football jamboree

Matt Morrissey will quarterback St. Joseph when coach Joe Della Vecchia's Hogs open the season at home to Danbury on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Matt Morrissey will quarterback St. Joseph when coach Joe Della Vecchia's Hogs open the season at home to Danbury on Saturday, Sept. 11.

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St. Joseph football coach Joe Della Vecchia thought his Hogs’ first-contact scrimmage of the season went well.

“We did better than I expected,” he said of Saturday’s jamboree. “There were five teams, Simsbury, Barlow, East Haven and Naugatuck. Everyone played everybody for a quarter, 20 minutes running time. We rotated around and played on both fields.”

The offensive line fared well in its first outing for the Hogs, who have won three straight state titles.

“We are smaller in size up front overall, but they all are tough,” Della Vecchia said of Max Spies, George Hallas, Will Joergensen. Matt Silvestro, Josh Yazdik and Jack Snyder. “Max has been named a captain (joining Maxwell Warren, Mark Morrissey, Matt Morrissey and Tyler Tortoro).”

Matt Morrisey is the quarterback.

“Offensively, Matt threw the ball extremely well,” Della Vecchia said. “We missed a few of easy touchdowns. That will come the more we play. Each of the teams is trying to figure out what they have. I thought all the teams played hard and were enthusiastic about playing football again.

“We had a couple of breakdowns on defense,” he added. “We expected that because we didn’t prepare (game plan) for any of the teams. When they ran the option, we hadn’t really gone over that much. We had three plays all day that cost us. We forced a couple of fumbles. We turned it over once.”

Fitch will provide St. Joe’s with its final test before the season in Groton on Friday.

“We are preparing for Fitch, cleaning up some stuff from Saturday. We will do some game planning get the kids used to that again,” Della Vecchia said. “The competition level rises so much higher with another team on the field with you.”

St. Joseph opens at home with Danbury on Sept. 11 at 1:30 p.m. It will play six road games, two against non-league foes Windsor (CCC-Sept. 24) and Xavier (SCC-Oct. 2).

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