Ridgefield didn’t have an answer for St. Joseph’s high-powered offense on Saturday. That was apparent from the opening drive, when quarterback Jordan Vazzano burst into the end zone from 21 yards out to cap a six-play , 80-yard drive.
St. Joseph moved the ball into Ridgefield territory on each of its six first-half drives, scoring four times to make it 28-0. With Vazzano torching the Tigers’ secondary and junior tailback Mufasha Abdul Basir carving up yardage on the ground, the Tigers had nowhere to turn.
Ridgefield head coach Kevin Callahan praised St. Joseph, going so far to say, “In my 22 years as a head coach, I think that’s the best team I’ve seen.”
“The running back’s an efficient running back. He sees the cutback well. Their skill kids run great patterns, great acceleration,” Callahan added. “You flip it over on defense, balls in our hands were just knocked away at the last second, three or four times. They close terrific.”
St. Joseph, which is averaging 41 points in its three wins, had four different players score touchdowns. The Cadets had plenty of game-breaking options to turn to — more than Ridgefield could handle.
“Other than a handful of kids on our team, they don’t match up with them. It’s a matchup nightmare with those kids,” Callahan said.
- As if Ridgefield’s time on the field wasn’t rough enough, the Tigers’ day got off to a frustrating start even before they arrived. Callahan said that the bus got lost on the way to St. Joseph, making their trip a bit longer. Kickoff, as a result, was pushed back 30 minutes to 2 p.m. “These kids, they’re all creatures of habit,” Callahan said. “You screw with that, you sit now in the bus for an hour and a half because the driver takes a wrong turn.”
- Abdul Basir had a big day in the backfield for the Cadets, carrying the ball 13 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Admittedly disappointed in his performance in a 36-34 last-second win over Fairfield Prep last week, Abdul Basir was motivated on Saturday. “This game I was really focused, and this week of practice I was really focused,” the 5-foot-9, 165-pound senior said. “It really paid off.”