St. Joseph defeated Ledyard High, 37-7, to win the Class M-Small Division state championship at Veterans Memorial Stadium in New Britain on Saturday. Coach Joe Della Vecchia\u2019s second-seeded Cadets finished the season 11-2. Top-seeded Ledyard closed out at 12-1. St. Joseph took a 21-7 lead into the half on touchdowns by Mufasha Abdul Basir (91-yard run and 31-yard run) and Lars Pedersen (a 31-yard touchdown pass from Cory Babineau). Marc Mrozek was perfect on three conversion kicks. Ledyard cut into a 21-0 deficit on Ty Ebdon\u2019s 34-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Schumaker with 1:20 left in the half. Ledyard had two chances to draw closer, but gave the ball up on downs at the St. Joseph 14- and 24-yard lines on its first two series of the third quarter. Mrozek\u2019s 28-yard field goal at 10:09 of the fourth quarter made the score 24-7, after Matt Laveneziana recovered a fumbled punt. Pedersen scored on a 3-yard run at 5:42 of the final period and Mrozek returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown at the 4:14 mark. See the next edition of the Times for complete game story.