Football: St. Joseph to take on Ledyard High
The St. Joseph football team will take to the road on Saturday when coach Joe Della Vecchia’s Cadets play at Ledyard High’s Mignault Field Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
The Cadets lost their season opener to Darien High, 48-14, as the top-ranked Blue Wave used three touchdown passes from Brian Peters and a pair of scores from Finley Collins to win at the newly turfed upper field at the Dalling Sports Complex.
Ledyard dropped a 48-12 decision to Cranston East (R.I.).
The Colonels have made consecutive trips to the Class M state playoffs, but were no match for the Thunderbolts.
Cranston East lead 35-6 at the half.
Ledyard quarterback Max Ebdon scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter.
Ebdon threw a 438-yard touchdown pass to Ken Turner in the third period.
For St. Joseph, Cory Babineau threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jared Mallozzi and Brian Harner scored on a 1-yard run.
Down 13-0, St. Joseph took possession with 1:11 remaining in the first period.
Phil Pasmeg opened the 80-yard drive to paydirt with a 13-yard reception.
Afforded protection by Alec Pelletier, David Veeley, Nick Crocco, Jesse Veileux and Pete Lovan, Babineau threw a perfect pass over the top of the safety and Mallozzi made a stellar one-handed grab before being wrestled to the turf at the Darien 28 — a 44-yard pickup.
On second-and-7 from the 25, Babineau found Mallozzi open for a 25-yard touchdown only two plays into the second quarter.
Ryan Donegan had cleared the area with a quick out pattern that drew the nearest defender.
That allowed Mallozzi time to beat the safety to the spot for the score.
Luke Kirby’s conversion kick made it 13-7.
Peters opened the next Darien drive with a 20-yard completion to Tim Herget and closed it with a 47-yard TD pass to Collins with 10:24 left in the second quarter.
Jermaine Williams had stuffed Collins on a run up the middle, before Collins’ score.
St. Joseph received fine runs from freshman Jaden Shirden and sophomore Darren Warren, but had trouble putting first downs together.
After Riley Stewart made a big gain with a diving catch off a pass down the right side to get the Wave close, Max Grant bulled over the line for a two-yard score.
Darien was up 27-7 with Stewart’s kick with 7:38 to go in the first half.
With :49 to play in the half, Mitchell Pryor raced in down the left side to the one-yard line. He scored on the next play and Darien led 34-7 at the half.
Babineau found Mallozzi again to start the third quarter, leading to Harner’s touchdown run.
Kirby kicked the extra point and the hosts had hope, behind 34-14.
The hope was short-lived when Peters threw 15 yards to Nick Green, who took one for the team, sideswiped and going down hard as he caught the ball just inside the goal line.
That was good for a 40-14 lead with 8:31 to go in the third quarter.
Darien’s Jack Joyce got in at QB in relief and connected with Matt Maignan, passing down the right side, and Maignan hauled it home for 47-14.
Stewart capped the contest with his sixth PAT.
Steve Buono contributed to this story.