Cadets defeat Knights, 17-6 in opener

Mufasha Abdul Basir rushed for 207 yards and a touchdown and the St. Joseph defense stopped Notre Dame of West Haven four times inside its 20-yard line, as coach Joe Della Vecchia’s Cadets defeated the Green Knights, 17-6, before a packed house in an SCC-FCIAC Challenge game at Veteran Memorial Field in West Haven on Thursday night.

“I can’t say enough great things about our defense,” said Della Vecchia after St. Joseph posted the program’s 300th victory. “I’ve said our linebackers are a strength, but our guys also really battled up front and did the job.”

The Cadets special teams shined.

Cameron Ryan flipped the field on three occasions with punts that went for 50-plus yards.

Marc Mrozek hit a pair of clutch extra points and the senior blocked a punt to set up his 24-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, which staked St. Joseph to a two-score advantage.

The Cadets drove 65 yards on their first possession to take a 7-0 lead after quarterback Kevin Trefz scored on a 9-yard keeper and Mrozek made the point after.

Notre Dame closed within 7-6 on Kobe Wiggins tackle-breaking 60-yard run midway through the second period. The conversion kick went into the middle of the Cadet line.

St. Joseph took a 14-6 lead on its second series of the third quarter.

Abdul Basir scored on a 3-yard run and Mrozek added the PAT.

After Mrozek’s blocked punt went out of bounds on the Notre Dame 19-yard line, the Green Knights held before Mrozek split the uprights with his 24-yarder with 10:42 to play.

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