Week 4 vs Xavier
St. Joseph improves to 4-0 with a 42-7 win over Xavier
MIDDLETOWN — A turbulent Week 4 was filled with surprises and upsets, but No. 2 St. Joseph had no
St. Joseph improved to 4-0 with its 42-7 win over the Falcons, and has now outscored opponents 171-43.
“Our execution has been getting better and our understanding of concepts has been better,” St. Joseph coach Joe DellaVecchia said. “Our tackling has been a little bit better. We are learning on the fly and I think we are doing a pretty good job of that.”
The Hogs cracked the scoreboard on the first drive of the game as Maxwell Warren crossed the goal line for a 3-yard touchdown run, his first of two on the day.
Later in the quarter, Riley Jordan extended the St. Joseph lead to 14-0 with a 3-yard rushing touchdown of his own.
“These guys didn’t get to practice for the whole year and I am really impressed with how fast they are learning and how hard they’re working,” DellaVecchia said. “They are trying to uphold what we have had here for the last few years, so I am impressed with their enthusiasm and desire to be here.”
In the final two minutes of the first quarter, Mark Morrissey picked off a Xavier pass to set up a 10-yard completion for a 21-0 lead as his brother, Matthew, connected with Brandon Hutchinson.
“Our defense is relentless,” Mark Morrissey said. “Two years ago we had one of the best defenses in the state and this doesn’t feel all that different. Everyone is coming out, working hard and doing their job.”
St. Joseph extended its lead to 35-0 at half following Warren’s second rushing touchdown and a pick 6 by Ethan Long.
The defense was a strong point for St. Joseph and was headlined by Morrissey, who had an interception, two sacks and a tackle for a loss. St. Joseph did not allow any points until the third quarter.
“We competed for four quarters, the kids never gave up,” Xavier coach Andy Guyon said. “(St. Joseph) executes at such a high level, it is hard to replicate that in practice. They are so well coached and are such a good team. I am proud of our kids for fighting the way they fought, but we have to play better.”
Xavier’s lone touchdown came from quarterback Drew Kron on a 1-yard run. St. Joseph quickly responded with a rushing touchdown by Anthony Greco.
“Kron is a tough kid,” Guyon said. “He is a great athlete and we are really fortunate to have him. Hopefully we can rest up this week and get ready to go against Cheshire.”
Xavier falls to 2-2 and has scored as many points as it has allowed (101). The Falcons will have a bye next week before traveling to Cheshire the following weekend.
St. Joseph has been cruising early but will be tested with three difficult opponents after next week’s bye.
“Today was a big game coming in with old rivals from years ago,” DellaVecchia said. “We talked all week that we needed this for 4-0 before the really tough part of our schedule gets going.”
With No. 9 Greenwich, Ridgefield and No. 1 Darien on the docket, St. Joseph will have its work cut out for it.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
St. Joseph linebacker Mark Morrissey paced the Hogs defense, recording an interception that led to a touchdown as well as two sacks and a third tackle for a loss. St. Joseph’s defense is allowing just 10.75 points per game.
ST. JOSEPH 42, XAVIER
ST. JOSEPH 21 14 7 0 — 42
XAVIER0 0 7 0 0 — 7
S — Maxwell Warren 3 yard TD run (Spolestra Kick)
S — Riley Jordan 3 yard TD run (Spolestra Kick)
S — Brandon Hutchinson 10 yard TD pass from Matthew Morrissey (Spolestra Kick)
S — Maxwell Warren 10 yard TD run (Spolestra Kick)
S — Ethan Long 85 yard interception return (Spolestra Kick)
X — Drew Kron 1 yard TD run (Kick Good)
S — Anthony Greco 1 yard TD run (Spolestra Kick)
St. Joseph linebacker Mark Morrissey had an interception and two sacks in Saturday's win over Xavier.
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