Football Cadets cruise past Tigers
RIDGEFIELD — There would be no need for an epic comeback this time.
A year after stunning Ridgefield by rallying from 25 down in the fourth quarter, St. Joseph took control early on Friday night at Tiger Hollow, rolling to a 42-0 win.
“I thought our defense competed well. I saw Ridgefield play last week and I thought they were a good offensive team,” St. Joe’s coach Joe DellaVecchia said. “To hold them to no points and not much offense was a credit to our defensive guys.”
After the teams traded punts in the first half, St. Joseph got on the board first on a 2-yard run by Jaden Shirden, capping a 53-yard drive with 6:12 left in the first.
The Cadets would strike again on a 21-yard touchdown pass from David Summers to William Diamantis.
Diamantis would then find himself as wide open as any receiver this season as a blown coverage allowed him to catch a 35-yard strike from Summers with no defender within 20 yards of him.
That put St. Joe’s up 20-0 after one quarter.
The teams traded penalties more than anything else in the second quarter, with flags flying all over the field for everything from holding and procedure calls to unsportsmanlike conduct and personal fouls.
St. Joe’s did score again in the second amid all the flags.
With 6:02 remaining in the half, Summers hit Ace Luzietti with a laser-like pass in the middle of the end zone, sending the visitors into the locker room at halftime up 26-0.
The teams slogged through a penalty-filled third quarter until Shirden broke free for a 59-yard touchdown run with just under a minute left in the quarter.
A safety in the fourth quarter put St. Joe’s up 35-0 with 8:40 remaining.
Shirden would run in one more score, this time from 19 yards away.
The total team effort by the Cadets was too much for Ridgefield to handle.
“They are a pretty complete team,” Ridgefield coach Kevin Callahan said. “They are very physical up front, the running back runs hard and has good acceleration to the hole and is good running after contact. Then the quarterback is a Division-I quarterback and what is really impressive about him, is that he gets the ball out fast. He goes through his progressions quickly and makes quality passes. It’s hard to say that anything is better than anything else but it’s all good. They are a very complete team.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jaden Shirden, St. Joseph. Shirden had touchdown runs of 2, 59 and 19 yards. The junior ran harder as the game progressed, wearing down the Ridgefield defense.
“We just played hard. We had some penalties but we got through it,” Shirden said. “Everybody played great. Our quarterback, David Summers threw the ball well, the defense played a hell of a game and we were able to get the run game going and I was able to find holes and do what I do. The line opened up some nice holes in the second half, so, I just want to thank them.”
ST. JOSEPH 42,
ST. JOSEPH 20 6 7 9—42
RIDGEFIELD 0 0 0 0—0
SJ—Jaden Shirden 2 run (kick failed)
SJ—William Diamantis 21 pass David Summers (Luke Kirby kick)
SJ—Diamantis 35 pass Summers (Kirby kick)
SJ—Ace Luzietti 10 pass Summers (kick failed)
SJ—Shirden 59 run (Kirby kick)
SJ—Shirden 19 run (Kirby kick)
Records: SJ—4-1; R—2-3