St. Joseph capped a ridiculous 200-point Class M playoff run with a 54-16 demolishing of Brookfield. Some postgame thoughts from Arute Field:
St. Joseph’s running back Mufasha Abdul Basir dedicated the game (a 220-yard, 3-touchdown performance) to the victims of Sandy Hook. He had “Newtown” written on his gloves. Basir’s English teacher, Kathleen Cardillo, is a resident of the town.
“It was a shame that their team couldn’t make it,” Basir said. “Ms. Cardillo was upset that her school didn’t make it…Today, I root for her and Newtown. Rest in peace to Jack Pinto. I know it’s been a difficult time, and I hope maybe next year (Newtown) can pull (a state title) off.”
I didn’t see much high school football this year, but I did see the St. Joe’s offensive line utterly dominate Brookfield Saturday. The right side of the line, led by Pete Mestre (6-6, 295) and Steve Hashemi (6-6, 265), is enormous. On one play, Mestre shoved a Brookfield player out of bounds and I happened to be standing in the vicinity. I thought I was watching an NFL game.
After seeing the Cadets Saturday, after seeing some of their other scores, I can’t imagine they aren’t either No. 2 or No. 3 in the final polls. St. Joe’s scored 261 points in their final four games!! That’s 65 a game!! Nuts.
Are they better than Ansonia? Not sure. I saw the Chargers whip up on Masuk in Arkeel Newsome’s record-breaking game. They’re pretty darn good.
The only definitive conclusion we can draw: New Canaan is better than St. Joe’s. The Rams dealt the Cadets their only two losses, the first one a 62-21 romp and the second a 31-20 margin. I’m not a voter, but I’d be pretty surprised if New Canaan isn’t No. 1 in the final poll.
- Here’s a pretty remarkable stat: Brookfield has made the state championship six times in 14 years since Rich Angarano took over as head coach. That’s some Tom Izzo/Michigan State-like consistency. Senior quarterback Brad Westmark, a two-year starter, leaves after a successful career. Running backs Austin Reich and Bobby Drysdale will be juniors next season.
- One more crazy statistic to leave you with: Drysdale finished the year with 2,101 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns.