Football: St. Joseph drubs Brookfield to win Class M title

A snowy, windy day at Arute Field could not slow down the St. Joseph offense, as the Cadets buried Brookfield High, 54-16, in the Class M state title game on Saturday morning.

Senior quarterback Jordan Vazzano completed 5-of-7 passes for 168 yards and four touchdowns — one each to Lars Pedersen, Mark Hirschbeck, Mufasha Abdul Basir and Shane Miller, to fuel the rout. Abdul-Basir carried the ball 19 times for 166 yards and two scores.

St. Joseph, which finished the season 13-2, won its 11th state title overall — and its first since 2010. Brookfield closed its campaign at 11-4.

Both of Abdul Basir's touchdowns came in the first quarter, as the junior tailback scored from three and one yard out.

Vazzano got into a rhythm in the second quarter, hitting Pedersen with a deft 30-yard touchdown throw in the back of the end zone. Hirschbeck then hauled in a 21-yard scoring strike, before Abdul Basir took a screen pass 54 yards to pay dirt. Vazzano's flea flicker pass to Hirschbeck on the two-point conversion armed St. Joseph with a 38-0 halftime edge.

The St. Joseph defense also produced a touchdown, with Jack Yerxa returning a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown just 1:03 into the third quarter. Miller's 46-yard touchdown catch-and-run made it 54-0, with Brookfield scoring two late touchdowns to provide the final scoreline.

Bobcat quarterback Brad Westmark scrambled for a 27-yard touchdown, while Bobby Drysdale scored on a 50-yard run. Drysdale, a sophomore, carried 21 times for 167 yards.

St. Joseph improved to 11-0 in football championship games.

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