Good teams need great players to rise to the occasion. Mufasha Abdul Basir and Lars Pedersen, veteran members of St. Joseph’s defending state football champions, did just that when coach Joe Della Vecchia’s No. 8 ranked Cadets turned back No. 2 Fairfield Prep, 48-33, before an overflow crowd at the Dalling Sports Complex in Trumbull on Sept. 20.
Talented players have to raise their play to equal the moment. Abdul Basir, with 272 yards rushing and two touchdowns, was selected as the Most Valuable Player in this Rivalry Game sponsored by the United States Marine Corps.