Football: Trefz versus Tripodi sub plot to final

Christian Trefz has been a dual threat for the St. Joseph High football team that will play at New Fairfield in a Class M state playoff game today at 6:30.

A 6-foot, 165-pound senior, Trefz has rushed for 1,134 yards this season and has scored 15 rushing touchdowns. He has caught 43 passes from junior quarterback Cory Babineau for 452 yards and three more scores.

Coach Joe Della Vecchia’s Cadets are 7-2 on the season and seeded seventh in the eight-team field. They have won two straight state titles: taking the Class M Small championship over Ledyard, 37-7, in 2014 and defeating Brookfield High, 54-16, for the Class M crown in 2013.

New Fairfield is seeded second at 9-1. Coach Anthony Fata’s Rebels are the South-West Conference champions, having knocked off state qualifier Newtown High. This will be New Fairfield’s first state game since 2001 when they lost to Seymour High, 40-22, in the Class M semifinals.

Zach Tripodi’s 1,763 yards rushing are second in the state only to Woodland’s Sean Mcallen’s 1,840 yards. A 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior, Tripodi has gained more than 100 yards in 9-of-10 games and has 24 touchdowns.

St. Joseph’s losses have come at the hands of Class LL qualifiers Darien High and Staples-Westport.

New Fairfield’s only loss was to Class M defending champion and repeat qualifier Brookfield (27-13) in the season opener.

The winner will play either No. 3 Ledyard (9-1) or No. 6 Bacon Academy (8-2) in the semifinals on Monday, Dec. 7 at the site of the higher seeded team.