Sum­mers, St. Joe’s trounce Knights

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Sports - By Emery Filmer


TRUM­BULL — It was eas­ily the worst thing that has hap­pened to the St. Joseph High School foot­ball team this year. When all is said and done with this 2018 sea­son, how­ever, that 15-point loss to Darien last month just might end up be­ing the best thing that could have hap­pened to the Cadets.

With quar­ter­back David Sum­mers throw­ing for 182 yards and five touch­downs Satur­day, St. Joseph wal­loped Stam­ford 42-0. The rout con­tin­ued a re­cent trend for the Cadets, since they lost their No. 1 rank­ing in the state by Darien.

Satur­day’s win over Stam­ford was the Cadets’ third in a row since the loss, their third con­sec­u­tive shutout and third straight time they have scored 40-plus points. St. Joseph beat Wil­ton 47-0, Ridge­field 42-0 and Stam­ford 42-0.

You think that loss to Darien had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the Cadets?

Coach Joe Del­laVec­chia isn’t so sure.

“We’ve been play­ing well, es­pe­cially on de­fense since the be­gin­ning of the year, in­clud­ing against Darien” he said. “We’ve been con­sis­tent all year.”

Hard to ar­gue with that as the Cadets im­proved to 5-1 and look on course to at least have a chance to de­fend their Class M state cham­pi­onship in De­cem­ber. Sum­mers, how­ever, be­lieves that the Darien loss was and will con­tinue to be a ma­jor mo­ti­vat­ing force for the team the rest of the sea­son.

“We lost to Darien when we were No. 1 in the state and it lit a fire un­der us,” said Sum­mers, who has passed for more than 1,000 yards in six games with 15 touch­downs. “We re­al­ized after that game that we have to work just as hard ev­ery week in or­der to play for a state cham­pi­onship.”

Wil­ton, Ridge­field (a 2016 Class LL run­ner-up) and Stam­ford en­tered this week with a com­bined 6-9 record, and were outscored by St. Joe’s 131-0.

“That’s one of the best teams in the state,” Stam­ford coach Ja­mar Green said of St. Joseph. “They are well-coached, play hard all the time, are strong, fast and have one of the best quar­ter­backs in the state. And they don’t make mis­takes (no turnovers, one penalty Satur­day).”

Sum­mers started out com­plet­ing 10 of his first 11 passes and con­nected with Jesse Bike three times (from

six, 45 and 25 yards) in the first 12½ min­utes. Bike caught four balls for 85 yards and the three scores, all in the first half.

Be­fore the half was over Sum­mers got the team’s other top re­ceiver in­volved as well, hit­ting Will Dia­man­tis

on a six-year scor­ing strike. The se­nior found Dia­man­tis (4-65-2) again from 32 yards out early in the third quar­ter be­fore Jaden Shir­den (10 car­ries, 114 yards) capped the scor­ing with a 20-yard touch­down run in the third quar­ter.

“Not a bad day for David,” Del­laVec­chia said. “This is the most crisp he has been all year, even after a two-week lay­off (St. Joseph had a bye last week). He re­ally spread it out a lot to­day.”

Led by Alex Pagliarini, Mike Mor­ris­sey, Kyren Jones, Cole DaSilva and Jesse Law­son, the Cadets’ de­fense held Stam­ford to 69 to­tal yards (22 rushes for 16 yards).

Stam­ford quar­ter­back Terry For­rester was 7 for 14 for 53 yards.

Erik Traut­mann / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Black Knight quar­ter­back Terry For­rester (2) looks to run the ball against the St. Joseph de­fense in their FCIAC foot­ball game on Satur­day in Trum­bull.

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