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The St. Joseph High football team used a running offense, led by senior Christian Trefz (175 yards on 28 carries), and a two-touchdown passing performance from junior Cory Babineau to defeat Danbury High, 23-10, on Saturday afternoon at the Dowling Sports Complex in Trumbull.

The win improved coach Joe Della Vecchia’s Cadets to 2-0. Last week, the Cadets opened with a 20-0 victory over Brien McMahon of Norwalk. Danbury is 0-2.

The Cadets’ defense, led by linebacker Cameron Ryan bent but never broke in allowing 247 yards (120 rushing and 127 passing).

St. Joe’s took a 6-0 lead on a 13-yard pass completion from Babineau to Colton Lillemore with 44 seconds left in the opening quarter before going up, 14-0 with 5:30 to play in the half when Trefz raced in from 16 yards out, closing out a six-play, 57-yard drive.

On its next series, the Hatters only needed two plays to cover 65 yards as Massiah Crandell covered 13 yards and Tyren Mccrea capped the drive by going 52 yards to score with 5:30 left. A 24-yard field goal by Danbury’s Adryan Gonsalves Marques cut the margin to 14-10. His kick came with 1:03 remaining in the half.

The Cadets, however, were able to score on their first drive of the third quarter when Babineau completed a 10-yard pass to Ryan with 3:21 gone to make it a 21-10 game. St. Joe’s got its final points on a safety.

Babineau passed for 39 yards, while going 7 for 18 and throwing one interception.

“It wasn’t one of our better games, but it’s still nice to come out with a win,” Della Vecchia said. “We had way too many penalties (eight for 80 yards). But, I thought, overall, our offensive line play was good and our defense made the plays when it needed to.

St. Joseph plays at Darien High next Saturday afternoon in another FCIAC match-up.