Football: St. Joseph shuts out Brien McMahon, 20-0

Christian Trefz ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the first half when the St. Joseph High football team opened its season with a 20-0 FCIAC road win over Brien McMahon at Norwalk’s Jack Casagrande Field on Friday night.

“Christian had a great day, he ran with authority and found the holes,” Cadet coach Joe Della Vecchia said after the victory over the Senators, a 28-3 winner over Wlton High in their opener.

St. Joseph used it’s fast-paced spread formation to drive 96 yards in 11 plays on its second possession, with Trefz going off the right side for a 13-yard touchdown. Nick DiCairano’s point-after kick was short, but the Cadets held a 6-0 lead with 5:13 remaining in the opening quarter.

McMahon’s offense had trouble finding traction against a Cadet defense, which was led by Cam Ryan at linebacker and Pat Haggerty on the defensive line.

“All we heard (in the preseason) was about graduation losses,” said Haggerty. “We have great tradition at St. Joseph, and probably the best coaching staff around. We worked extra hard for this.”

Ryan said, “We used our extra time (two weeks before opening) wisely and were dedicated to studying film. Our new guys really stepped up.”

St. Joseph’s second touchdown was set up by Nick Osborne’s interception of a Jason Hall pass with 3:50 remaining to play in the first half. Taking over at midfield, Colton Lillimoe caught a short out from quarterback Corey Babineau. He stepped out of a tackle and went 31 yards up the sideline to the Senators’ 9-yard line.

Trefz scored from the 1-yard line three plays later, and DiCairano added the conversion kick for a 13-0 lead at the 1:27 mark of the first period.

There would be no further scoring until Babineau found Lillimoe just inside the end zone from 17 yards out with 1:58 left to play in the game. DiCairano’s PAT was true.

“People graduated, so it was very important to win this game,” said Trefz who finished with 26 carries good for 203 yards. “It is a confidence boost going forward. We’s here and strong willed.”