TRUMBULL-- Joe DellaVecchia has rather high standards for his St. Joseph High football team.

"We try to be perfect," the head coach said.

The Cadets did lose twice this season and, according to the coach, were a little flat during the first half of Saturday's 49-6 FCIAC victory over Fairfield Warde. No, they weren't perfect Saturday, but quarterback Jordan Vazzano did throw for 230 yards and three touchdowns, receiver Jake Pelletier had seven receptions for 148 yards and two scores while running back Mufasa Abdul-Basir rushed for 98 yards and a TD.

The St. Joseph defense, meanwhile, led by Kurtis Mudre, Jon Prutting and Mike Pulaski, kept the Mustangs off the board until 31 seconds remained in the contest.

Awfully good, but not quite perfect.

Perfection, or something close to it, however, may be a necessity from here on if the Cadets (5-2) hope to be playing football beyond Thanksgiving.

If the Cadets can be perfect in their next six games the result would likely be a Class M state championship. One loss in the next three regular-season games would probably end their hopes of qualifying for the eight-team playoff.

"If we lose one we will need a lot of other stuff to happen in order to get in," DellaVecchia said. "Right now we control our destiny. If we win out, we'll make it."

St. Joseph finishes with Bassick, Trinity Catholic and traditional rival Trumbull on Thanksgiving Day. It won't be easy but the Cadets seem ready for the challenge.

"Our goal is to play great each week," the 6-foot-3 Vazzano said. "I want to be great. If you don't want to be great, you won't be."

Vazzano looked great completing 8 of 10 passes late in the first half and finished 14 for 23 for 230 yards. He connected on a 19-yard scoring pass to Mark Hirschbeck to open the scoring, then hit Pelletier on a 58-yarder. He later hit Pelletier for a 28-yard score.

"Their quarterback is real good, and a real patient kid," Warde coach Duncan Dellavolpe said. "He's got a great arm but we didn't apply enough pressure on him."

Abdul-Basir ran 20 yards for another score for St. Joseph while Prutting returned an interception 33 yards and Kyron Crawford ran 28 yards for scores.

Warde (1-6) broke up the shutout when sophomore Brandon Bisack, filling in for starter Max Garrett, hit Colin Ventura on a 16-yard touchdown with 31 seconds remaining.

St. Joseph 49, Warde 6


ST. JOSEPH 7 14 14 14--49

Records: Fairfield Warde 1-6, St. Joseph 5-2

SJ--Mark Hirschbeck, 19 pass from Jordan Vazzano (Jake Pelletier kick)

SJ--Pelletier, 58 pass from Vazzano (Pelletier kick)

SJ--Mufasa Abdul-Basir, 20 run (Pelletier kick)

SJ--Jon Prutting, 33 interception return (Pelletier kick)

SJ--Pelletier, 28 pass from Vazzano (Pelletier kick)

SJ--Kyron Crawford, 28 run (Pelletier kick)

SJ--Pat Boyle, 10 run (Pelletier kick)

W--Colin Ventura, 16 pass from Brandon Bisack (kick blocked)