Fairfield Warde football bombarded by St. Joseph

In its Friday night game with St. Joseph the Fairfield Warde football team realized how far it is from the top of the FCIAC.

St. Joseph quarterback Joe Della Vecchia threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Cadets rolled over the Mustangs, 49-18 on Friday night at Tetreau/Davis Field in Fairfield.

"The quarterback beat us tonight," Warde head coach Duncan DellaVolpe said. "We just don't know how to finish off plays yet."

Warde receiver Terrell Walden caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Mustangs as Warde fell to 4-3 on the year. St. Joseph's Tyler Matakevich also ran for two scores as the Cadets improved to 6-1.

St. Joseph came out inspired off of its first loss of the season, a 35-25 defeat at the hands of New Canaan. The Cadets opened the scoring on their second drive of the game when Della Vecchia hit Pat Mulligan on the first play of the drive for a 45-yard touchdown play.

St. Joseph took command in the second quarter when the Cadets scored four touchdowns to break the game open. The Cadets scored on their first play of the second frame when Matakevich plunged in from a yard out to put the Cadets ahead 14-0.

Warde answered back on its ensuing drive. Walden caught three passes on the Mustangs' drive for 57 yards, including a 12-yard strike from Eric Burns to cut St. Joseph's lead to 14-6.

"Terrell stepped up big," DellaVolpe said.

St. Joseph answered back with three more touchdowns, one of which was a pass from Della Vecchia to sophomore Joe Burns, and the other which was a four yard run from Della Vecchia.

"We just made small mistakes that blew up in our face tonight," DellaVolpe said.

The Mustangs tallied twice in the second half, including a second score touchdown reception by Walden. Tommy McNamara capped the scoring for Warde with an 11-yard run in the final minute of the game. McNamara was held to just 18 yards rushing in the game.

"They stopped our run," DellaVolpe said. "I give them credit for that."

Warde will battle again on Friday night as the Mustangs will look to get their fifth win of the season and keep their Class MM playoff hopes alive when they travel to Stamford to play at 6 p.m. DellaVolpe wants his team to block out all of the playoff talk and focus on the task at hand, which is winning games.

"We need to go back to the style of football we've been practicing," DellaVolpe said. "We need to stop worrying about playoffs and all the other festivities and play the game that we're practicing."