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Smith's TD as time expires lifts Prep to victory

Smith's TD as time expires lifts Fairfield Prep to victory

By Chris Elsberry, Fairfield Citizen News, October 17, 2014


FAIRFIELD -- Colton Smith was not going to be denied.

With the final seconds ticking away, no timeouts left and Fairfield Prep on the Hand 2-yard line scrambling to set up one last play, Smith was told to spike the football. He didn't.

Seeing a gap in the Tigers defense, Smith dove for the end zone and scored as the final buzzer sounded to tie the game and kicker Hank Healey won it with the extra point as Prep escaped with a 23-22 victory Friday night at Ludlowe's Taft Field.

"He saw a crack in the defense and he took it," Prep coach Tom Shea said. "He was going right over (offensive guard) Artie Mansolillo, who's a hell of a football player, and that's usually a safe bet and it worked."

More important than Mansolillo providing the crucial block was the senior's recovery of Smith's fumble at the Hand 1 the play before the touchdown to keep the Jesuits alive.

Trailing 22-16 with 2:44 to play, Smith completed three straight passes to the Hand 45 and then scrambled 20 yards to the Tigers' 35 with 1:48 remaining. Facing a fourth-and-5 from the 30 with 1:07 to go, Smith found John Dellisanti for 15 yards and then Joe Ganim raced for 11 yards to the Hand 4 with 30 seconds left. An illegal substitution call moved the ball to the 2, setting the stage for Mansolillo's fumble recovery and Smith's final-second score.

"We were going to spike it, but I didn't know that," said Smith, who completed 12 of 27 passes for 123 yards. "So I called a play, I saw a hole, ran into it and the line pushed me. I held the ball over the line, right in front of the referee. He saw it and blew it for a touchdown."

And when Healey, a senior who had booted a 29-yard field goal in the first quarter to get Prep on the board, nailed the PAT, it set off a wild celebration.

"It continues the possibility of going to the playoffs," Shea said. "We have Cheshire next week and they're really tough, but for six more days, we have a possibility. And if we can win, we'll have six more days. Playoff football...the boys aspire to that and it started last week."

Healey's field goal and a Smith TD pass (16 yards) to Dellisanti gave Prep a 10-0 lead with 3:10 left before halftime. But Hand used a 2-yard touchdown run from Tom Wilson (set up by a 32-yard scramble by Tigers QB Nicolas Van Dell) to make it 10-7 with 52 seconds left.

Van Dell would finish with 177 yards on 22 carries for Hand.

"He's a slippery character and he's only going to get better, he's just a junior," Shea said. "We did enough against him, just barely."

Smith's 1-yard run in the third quarter made it 16-7 Prep but then Hand got touchdown runs of 25 and three yards from Reid Sweitzer to take that 22-16 lead with 7:48 to play.

But Smith and Prep were not to be denied.

"He's a terrific athlete," Shea said of Smith, who rushed for 66 yards. "The series before (a quick three-and-out) this last one did not go well and I told him, 'What we need now is leadership, let's go.' We've always known he was a great athlete but now he's demonstrating leadership. He's shown leadership before with his play but now he's showing it with his spirit. He willed us to the victory."

HAND 0 7 7 8 --22

FAIRFIELD PREP 3 7 6 7 --23

FP -- Hank Healey, 29 field goal

FP -- John Dellisanti, 16 pass Colton Smith (Healey kick)

H -- Tom Wilson, 2 run (Tyler Phan kick)

FP -- Smith, 1 run (kick blocked)

H -- Reid Sweitzer, 25 run (Phan kick)

H -- Sweitzer, 3 run (Andrew Fitzgerald pass Nicolas Van Dell)

FP -- Smith, 1 run (Healey kick)

Records: Fairfield Prep 4-2, Hand 2-4

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"Any day I can be with my grandson is a good day!"

Grandparents and Freshmen enjoy Mass & Breakfast

Over 200 freshmen and their grandparents enjoyed a special morning on October 9 in Brissette Gymnasium. Mass was celebrated by President Rev. Jack Hanwell, S.J., and Student Chaplain Rev. Larry Ryan, S.J. The guests then enjoyed a short video presentation about Fairfield Prep, followed by a delicious breakfast buffet. Professional photos of the students and grandparents were taken, and grandparents also received a Prep Christmas ornament as a souvenir gift of the event. One grandfather commented, "Any day I can be with my grandson is a good day!"


Watch video of Mass.


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Entrance Exams Oct. 18 & Nov. 15, 8:30AM

Prep Entrance Exams are October 18 and November 15

Fairfield Prep entrance exams are October 18 and November 15 at 8:30 A.M. To learn more see Admissions. Sign up for the entrance exam on October 18 or November 15, 8:30 A.M. Register online.

Prep Open House has great turnout!

Hundreds of prospective students and their families attended the Open House held on October 5. Students, teachers and administrators were available to explain our Jesuit mission and curriculum, plus answer questions. Additionally, sports teams and clubs offered representatives in Brissette Gym to share information about their activities.


Fairfield College Preparatory School offers a rigorous academic program in the Jesuit educational tradition, with an outstanding record of college acceptances and an emphasis on mission in program as well as a full slate of sports and activities.


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"The strongest we have ever rowed!"

Crew places 3rd at New England Championships


Saturday, October 11th, the crew team traveled a few miles up the Housatonic River for the Head of the Housatonic regatta. Prep's 1st Varsity 8 placed 4th out of 19 crews and gave the team our best ever finish in the Varsity 8 at this event. They had trained and raced in 4+s the previous week and were anxious to get back in the bigger boat to see what they could do. Coming off the water junior Zach Hamar commented that it was "Some of the best rowing we've done so far." The results confirmed exactly that as the crew made up :33 seconds on 1st place Brunswick school. The 2nd Varsity 8 was broken up into two 4+s for this race and after only three days in the boats they found excellent results placing 4th and 6th out of 22 boats.

On Sunday the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Varsity 8+s traveled to Worcester to compete in the New England High School Championships. Buoyed by excellent results the day before all three boats hit the water with medals on their minds. A fantastic effort by sophomore coxswain John Pacelli got the Varsity 8+ moving, with junior stroke Kevin Lichtenfels claiming that the last 100 meters was "the strongest we have ever rowed." The crew was beaten only by BC High and Hingham High, both from Massachusetts, making Prep the fastest Connecticut Varsity 8+ at the event. Not to be outdone the 2nd Varsity 8+ passed four boats on their way to taking 3rd place, again being edged out by BC High and St. John's (MA). A wonderful effort by all that sets the team up well for the spring championship season.

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Opportunity to meet other moms in the Prep Community

The Bellarmine Guild

Invites all Prep Women

to the Annual

Bellarmine Social

$25.00 per person

Join us for a relaxed evening of drink and hors d'oeuvres with friends.

This is a great opportunity to meet and chat with other women in the Prep Community.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

7:00pm - 9:00pm


Fairfield University Alumni House

(across the road from Prep Quad)

Don't miss this fun event, register now!

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Entrance Exams Oct. 18 & Nov. 15, 8:30AM

Prep Open House has great turnout!

Hundreds of prospective students and their families attended the Open House held on October 5. Students, teachers and administrators were available to explain our Jesuit mission and curriculum, plus answer questions. Additionally, sports teams and clubs offered representatives in Brissette Gym to share information about their activities.

Fairfield Prep entrance exams are October 18 and November 15 at 8:30 A.M. To learn more see Admissions. Sign up for the entrance exam on October 18 or November 15, 8:30 A.M. Register online.


Fairfield College Preparatory School offers a rigorous academic program in the Jesuit educational tradition, with an outstanding record of college acceptances and an emphasis on mission in program as well as a full slate of sports and activities.


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Football Game vs. Shelton 8/10 7PM @Fairfield Warde

Vote Prep for NBC Game of Week!

Prep's Varsity Football game vs. Shelton this Friday has been selected as a nominee for NBC Connecticut's Game of the Week. Four games are nominated -- Middletown at Hartford Public, Naugatuck at Wolcott, Cheshire at Daniel Hand, and Shelton at Fairfield Prep -- as the potential Game of the Week. Viewers may vote, and the game with the most votes at the end of the voting period wins! The winning game will be featured on NBC Connecticut's Friday night football coverage.

Winning also means that NBC will send a reporter to each school on Thursday morning for a “school spirit” story to highlight something interesting within the curriculum or student body. Those stories will air in the newscasts on Friday. The voting period is open and will continue through 9pm on Wednesday night. NBC CT will announce the winning game during the 11pm newscast on Wednesday.

The voting takes place through a special app on their Facebook page. People will be allowed to cast 10 votes per calendar day during the voting period. The link to vote is:

Go Prep!

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Prep Football blanks Branford 41-0

Source: GameTimeCT See Photo Slideshow!

BRANFORD — It was over after the first quarter, but Fairfield Prep coach Tom Shea still wasn’t perfectly happy with his team’s performance.

The Jesuits had six different players score touchdowns as they blanked Branford, 41-0, at the James MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex.

“Our goal was to come in and improve our execution,” Shea said. “We didn’t completely do that. Our skill guys made some plays, but we weren’t really crisp up front and it won’t really cut it the next few weeks. We have to do that to become a good football team.”

Fairfield Prep (3-1) rushed for 325 yards using a myriad of backs.

Fairfield Prep’s top back, Allen Gibson, didn’t stay in the game very long as he had 10 carries for 82 yards in the first quarter and scored the first touchdown of the night less than four minutes into the game. Gibson earned the rest of the night off after that.

“He (Gibson) made some plays on his own, but that will be harder to do in the weeks to come,” Shea said. “He needs some help from our line.”

Sophomore back Ryan Marusi got a lot of work, especially in the second half. He rushed for 86 yards on 17 carries for the Jesuits.

“Branford’s been struggling. They do the right things on film, but we’re a little bigger and more experienced,” Shea said. “We wanted to make a few plays early and get some guys some work.”

Fairfield Prep quarterback Colton Smith tacked on a 16-yard run for a touchdown and threw a 22-yard scoring pass to John Dellisanti as the Jesuits took a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.

“Early on, we came out with great energy. But it’s a war of attrition,” Branford coach John Limone said. “That’s a good football team. They are big, which is a tough matchup for us. There’s no way around it.”

Patrick Conte added a 24-yard run and Jack Snopkowski returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown as Fairfield Prep took a 34-0 lead at halftime.

“We blew some assignments,” Limone said. “I’ll look at the tape and figure out what we can do better so we can get a win.”

Marusi closed out the scoring with a 6-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.

Branford, which garnered just 96 yards of offense in the game, didn’t cross midfield into Jesuit territory until the third quarter.

Branford’s top running back Carl Williams didn’t dress due to a nagging shoulder injury. Limone said he will definitely play against Guilford next Friday night.

It was the 14th consecutive loss for the Hornets, who last won on Thanksgiving Day at East Haven in 2012.

“The important thing is our kids don’t hang their heads and don’t look at the numbers,” Limone said. “I think this is a resilient group. They still believe they can get it turned around.”

Fairfield Prep 41, Branford 0
(at Branford)
Fairfield Prep 21 13 0 7 — 41
Branford 0 0 0 0 — 0
First quarter
F—Allen Gibson 27 run (Ryan Conway kick)
F—Colton Smith 16 run (Conway kick)
F—John Dellisanti 22 pass from Colton Smith (Conway kick)
Second quarter
F—Patrick Conte 24 run (Hank Healey kick)
F—Jack Snopkowski 75 punt ret (kick failed)
Fourth quarter
F—Ryan Marusi 6 run (Nick Urban kick)
Team records: Branford 0-3; Fairfield Prep 3-1


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Excels at regional and state music competitions!

Alvarez '15 to compete for National Music Honors

Kelvin Alvarez '15 has qualified to sing at the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) All-National Honor Ensembles competition at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 26-29. Kelvin has qualified for this great honor based on his performances at regional and state competitions.

Mrs. Christine Evans, music director, mentored Kelvin throughout the full process. First, he auditioned for the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) Western Regional Music Festival, competing against other high school musicians throughout the western region of Connecticut. Kelvin auditioned for voice, singing a song in Italian that Mrs. Evans helped him learn, and performed it at New Fairfield High School in front of a panel of judges. Along with the song, Kelvin was required to sing two scales and sight-sing a piece of music he had never seen before. Soon after the audition, Kelvin learned that he had qualified for Western Regionals, performing with the other high school students who qualified at Trumbull High School. Following that music festival, he auditioned for the CMEA All-State Music Festival. Only the people who qualified for Regionals were eligible to audition for All-States, where Kelvin had to compete with the three other regions (East, North, and South). The audition was the same style as the Regional audition, where he prepared a song, sang scales, and sight-sang, ultimately earning a very high score. The All-State Festival took place in Hartford. In order to audition for Nationals (or the formal name All-National Honor Ensembles), Kelvin was required to apply through the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) where he had to submit an application and recorded video of the song that he auditioned with for All-States. Mrs. Evans completed the application as his sponsoring teacher. In August, Kelvin was overjoyed to learn he qualified for the national competition! The festival will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 26-29. Excited for the upcoming competition, Kelvin commented, "In the end, I really have to thank Mrs. Evans for everything. She helped me with every application, with every audition piece, and with boosting my moral. I attribute all of my success to her!"

Kelvin performs in the Prep Symphonic Orchestra, Select Choir, and Encords, and well as the Fairfield County Children's Choir. He is a member of the Prep Players and sings with the Prep Liturgical Ensemble. Kelvin is a member of the National Honor Society and is a Peer Tutor. He has participated in a Prep immersion trip to El Salvador and volunteered at YouthWorks sites in the Adirondacks, Philadelphia and Boston. This year, he is co-director of the Freshman Retreat. Finally, you may hear Kelvin sing the national anthem at one of the next Prep football or basketball games!

Prep congratulates Kevin and wishes him good luck at Nationals!



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Juniors skype with Jesuit media commentator

A Divine Experience on the day of the Mass of the Holy Spirit

As Fairfield Prep Juniors embarked on presentations reflecting their summer reading, an assignment inspired by Theology teacher Christian Cashman, three gentlemen in Kathleen Jackson’s Theology 3 class exceeded all expectations: Austin Prusack, John Humes, and Brendan Hoffman. The boys were given a series of guiding questions to present a review on a given chapter in the book, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by Fr. James Martin, S.J. Austin Prusack put his resources to the test and attempted to contact the author himself. To Austin’s delight Father Martin responded quickly agreeing to a Skype interview as part of the students’ presentation. That evening, Austin sent his teacher, Kathleen Jackson, an email begging for an extension in order to facilitate this big surprise for the class. She agreed and allowed for the boys to present on the day of the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Fr. Jim Martin was incredible with this Theology class! He was engaging, asking the boys questions and through normal conversation he endowed them with sound advice for living a more peaceful life.

Two impressive moments from the discussion highlighted the importance of friendship and the power of prayer, specifically through the form of prayer called the Examen. Fr. Martin told the boys that the Examen is the best for them because its practicality allows them to access God’s grace in retrospection. Life is truly busy, sometimes too busy, and at times it can be difficult to find God in all things, so the Examen creates the sacred space in which these Jesuit leaders can reflect and understand where God was present in their day, and how they can improve themselves in the future. He asked the students to raise their hands if they knew what an Examen was and all hands raised to the sky! He loved to see this! He also made it a point that it is important to find peace in friendship and sometimes the most rewarding relationships are where an individual can just ‘be’. When asked what their favorite part of the interview was this particular piece resonated with the students. It was an experience these boys will remember for always – the day they were able to have a conversation with renowned author, and Jesuit priest, Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Rev. James Martin, S.J., is a Jesuit priest, culture editor of America magazine, and author of numerous books, including My Life with the Saints, which Publishers Weekly named one of the best books of 2006. Father Martin is a frequent commentator in the national and international media, having appeared in such diverse outlets as The Colbert Report, Fresh Air, The O’Reilly Factor, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe, and on the History Channel, BBC, and Vatican Radio. Before entering the Jesuits in 1988 he graduated from the Wharton School of Business. Fr. Martin gave the commencement address at Fairfield Prep’s 70th commencement in June 2012.

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Dylan Hawkes '14 is National Merit Semi-finalist

Fairfield Prep proudly announces National Merit Scholars

Fairfield Prep is pleased to announce recognition of nine seniors who are Commended in the National Merit Scholarship Program, as well as senior Dylan Hawkes who is honored as a National Merit Semi-finalist. The seniors are recognized based on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken in their junior year. Over 1.5 million students from across the nation entered the competition by taking the test, and the Prep winners were selected based on placement in the top five percent in the highly competitive state of Connecticut.

A spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Program commented, "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

Front row seated from left: Robert Barrett, Thomas Wiig and Simon Whiteman. Back row from left: Dylan Hawkes (National Semi-finalist), President Rev. John Hanwell, S.J., Charles Paul, Christopher Specht, Gavin Granath, Dongju Lee, Griffin Roth, Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta and Sean Geercken.

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Fairfield Prep rebounds, beats Notre Dame-West Haven

Fairfield Prep rebounds, beats Notre Dame-West Haven

Source: GameTimeCT See Prep YouTube highlights and Slideshow

FAIRFIELD >> After Fairfield Prep had allowed a combined 88 points in its first two games of the season, let’s just say that defense was a bit of an emphasis in practice over the past week.

“We tried to work on generating a little more of a pass rush,” head coach Tom Shea explained. “We did a terrible job with that in the first two weeks. They did a better job tonight.”

Indeed, the Jesuits (2-1) sacked Notre Dame-West Haven quarterback Christian Lupoli four times and held the Green Knights’ offense relatively in check en route to a 35-18 victory Friday night at Taft Field.

Prep quarterback Colton Smith rushed for 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 11 carries, including an 80-yard scoring scamper on the game’s third play from scrimmage. Smith only completed five of his 12 pass attempts, but two of them were for scores, including a 33-yard hook-up with Brendan Beiser late in the first half and a 71-yard bubble screen pass to John Dellisanti on the final play of the third quarter.

That touchdown was particularly big, as Notre Dame (1-2) had just edged to within 28-12 the play before — a four-yard keeper by Lupoli.

“They started to stack the box,” Smith said. “That bubble screen to John is built into the plays. The guy on him came up to blitz, and I just threw it to him and let him do the rest of it.”

Senior running back Joe Ganim rushed for 109 yards on 17 carries as the Jesuits wound up with 322 rushing yards for the game. Smith attempted just two passes in the second half, completing both.

“We were gonna come out and pass,” the senior signal-caller said, “but then we realized we could just run it. Our line did an unbelievable job blocking. We just ran them out of the stadium.”

More important, as far as Shea was concerned, was his team’s defensive effort. Lupoli completed 15 of 25 passes for 256 yards, but he was also picked off once to go with those four sacks (two by Logan Clair). The interception by Brett Stevenson midway through the second quarter was returned 35 yards to the end zone, but the touchdown was nullified by an illegal blocking penalty. Three plays later, Ganim charged in from a yard out to put Prep up 14-6.

The Jesuits also forced Green Knights running back Prince Brooks to fumble the ball away at the Prep 1-yard line midway through the first quarter. Anthony Palazzolo recovered the fumble for Prep.

“We worked on a few things, and they got better this week,” said Shea. “It’s not gonna happen overnight, but we always emphasize the process. We had a better week of preparation. We have a lot of young guys on defense. I think they’re starting to learn and understand what varsity football is like, and the level of competition we play. They got better this week, and I’m pleased with that.”

Ffld Prep 35, NDWH 18 1 2 3 4 F
NOTRE DAME-WH 6 0 6 6 – 18
FAIRFIELD PREP 7 14 14 0 – 35
First quarter
F—Colton Smith 80 run (Hank Healey kick)
N—Prince Brooks 1 run (kick failed)
Second quarter
F—Joe Ganim 1 run (Healey kick)
F—Brendan Besier 33 pass from Colton Smith (Healey kick)
Third quarter
F—Colton Smith 13 run (Healey kick)
N—Christian Lupoli 4 run (run failed)
F—John Dellisanti 71 pass from Colton Smith (Healey kick)
Fourth quarter
N—Nico Ragaini 80 pass from Christian Lupoli (pass failed)
Team records: Fairfield Prep 2-1; Notre Dame-West Haven 1-2

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Students honored for NHS and Academic Achievement

National Honor Society inducts new members,
Seniors receive Book Awards

CLICK ON PHOTO TO VIEW SLIDESHOW. Additional Honors photos may be seen, plus photo prints may be ordered at Click: Online previews - Sessions Name: nhs14

Fairfield Prep students were honored for their high academic achievement at the annual National Honor Society Awards Mass which was held on September 24 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield. New members were inducted in the National Honor Society and Seniors received special Book Awards, recognizing their outstanding school performance and leadership in key subject areas. Additionally, students were recognized for honors awards for the 2013-14 school year. 

NHS Inductees 2014

Book Award Recipients 2014

Mass Program including all Final Honors 2014

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Award for college and Wakeman Boys & Girls Club

Billy Narvaez '14 wins Maytag Leader Scholarship

Fairfield Prep congratulates Billy Narvaez '14, winner of the 2014 Maytag Dependable Leader Award, which includes a college scholarship and award for the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Black Rock.

As a high school senior, Billy juggled his studies and caring for his two younger sisters. Billy was also a Junior Staff member and youth program volunteer at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse.

Billy ran both the Saturday Film School and Future Engineers Club and funded these programs out of his own pocket, illustrating to younger Club members another way of giving back to the community.

Elected as President of the Keystone Club, a unique leadership development experience provided by the Boys and Girls Club, Billy helped to lead the Club in community service projects including a toy drive for the local children’s hospital and fundraisers to help members attend conferences.

Billy will be the first in his family to attend college where he began at Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall. His success is a tremendous example to every member at the Club, including his younger siblings, that they can achieve their dreams and goals if they stay focused and work hard.

In addition, Billy was also selected as both Teen Member of the Month and Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse “Boy of the Year” in 2014.

Billy constantly looks beyond his own needs for opportunities to serve other Club members and his community, all with an unfailingly positive attitude.

See video about Billy's nomination.


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Prep loses to St. Joe's, Halas '74 Hall of Fame

Halas '74 inducted in Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame

Bernstein '15 receives student-athlete scholarship

Watch Video of Paul's honor on the field at half-time.

Paul Halas '74 was inducted into the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame at the Prep football game vs. St. Joseph High School on September 20 during halftime. Additionally, varsity letterman Joshua Bernstein '15 received a student-athlete scholarship in a ceremony before the national anthem, recognizing his high academic and athletic achievements. The Great American Rivalry Series was created to recognize both present and past players in top rivalry games across the country. The gridiron heroes from years past have helped make the game what it is today, exemplifying all that is good about these contests and why they are embraced by communities.

Prep Football has tough loss to St. Joseph High School 33-48

Watch Prep YouTube Video, GameTime Video, and MSGVarsity Video highlights.

Source: GameTime CT

Trumbull - This time around, there was no need for a last-second play to beat Fairfield Prep. The St. Joseph football team made sure this thing was wrapped up way before the last seconds ticked away. Behind a sensational offensive performance from senior running back Mufasha Abdul Basir, the Cadets defeated Prep 48-33 Saturday afternoon to improve to 2-0 on the season.

“This is a big win for us,” Abdul Basir said. “Last year wasn’t my best year when I played them (Prep), and I came out today with a chip on my own shoulder and I had a lot of expectations about myself.” Last year against the Jesuits, in a game the Cadets won on a Hail Mary pass (36-34) Abdul Basir recorded just nine carries for 18 yards.

It’s safe to say Abdul Basir more than made up for that game on Saturday. The senior ran for two scores on 27 carries and finished with an impressive 281 yards on the ground. “He had a great day, our entire offense had a great day,” head coach Joe DellaVecchia said. “The kids got great vision, great balance; he’s so competitive.”

After building a 26-7 lead at the half, Fairfield Prep did its best to come back, almost reminiscent of last year’s game. Senior quarterback Colton Smith started the second half for the Jesuits with a nifty 21-yard score on fourth down to make it 26-14.

With some momentum, the Jesuits defense came up with a huge fumble recovery by Nick Franchuk near midfield and the offense took over. Allen Gibson capped off a nine-play drive finding the end zone to bring Prep within 26-21.

With the Jesuits pressing, Abdul Basir responded as he broke free for a 68-yard touchdown late in the third and pushed the Cadets lead to 33-21.

“A wise man once told me, ‘Big time players make big time plays in big time games,’ and I wanted to be a big time player,” Abdul Basir said.

Fairfield Prep coach Tom Shea on the Cadets running game: “It was dominant. We did a terrible job against it. We did a poor job tackling; he’s a terrific back, I’ll give credit where credits due. But we did a very poor job tackling. If we stopped them where we hit them the first time…but we didn’t wrap him up and that’s why he’s good. We didn’t do the job against him.”

Prep didn’t back down though as Joe Ganim scored on an 8-yard TD to make it 33-27. But as the game played out all afternoon, the St. Joseph offense seemed to have an answer. On fourth down with seven minutes remaining, quarterback Kevin Trefz connected with Lars Pedersen for a 23-yard score to put them up 41-27.

Trefz finished the afternoon with two touchdowns and 165 yards.

“I thought Kevin played very well, a lot of kids grew up today,” DellaVecchia said. “It was a great day for us.”

As good as the offense looked, the defense did its part too.

Aside from the third quarter, the Cadets limited dual-threat quarterback Smith to just one score and kept him in check for most of the afternoon.

“I thought we did a great job in the first half, the third quarter wasn’t so good,” DellaVecchia said.  “They figured out what we were trying to do. The kids played a heck of a game, he’s a heck of a QB…he’s tough to stop. I thought we did a great job containing him.”

Abdul Basir started the Cadets opening drive with an early statement of a run, going 54 yards. He capped off the drive with a 1-yard score to give his team the 6-0 lead.

Pedersen added to the total with a near 60-yard punt return for the 12-0 lead.

Ganim scored Prep’s lone TD of the first half on a 1-yard score to cut the Cadets lead to 12-7.

St. Joes two other scores of the first half came a nice reverse play as Pedersen threw to an open Seamus Keating to go up 19-7, and then Trefz found Keating late in the second quarter for an 18-yard touchdown.

While St. Joes improves to 2-0, Prep falls to 1-1 and will host 1-1 Notre Dame-West Haven at Ludlowe on Friday night.

“We’ve got work to do,” Shea said. “We need some leadership from our kids and its gut-check time. We’ve been here before. We’ll see what we’re made of.” 

St. Joseph 48, Ffld Prep 33 1234 F
No. 2 FAIRFIELD PREP 0 7 14 12 33
No. 8 ST. JOSEPH 6 20 7 15 48

First quarter 
SJ — Mufasha Abdul Basir 1 run (kick failed)
Second quarter
SJ — Lars Pedersen 55 punt return (kick failed)
FP — Joe Ganim 1 run (Henry Healey kick)
SJ — Seamus Keating 22 pass from Pedersen (Marc Mrozek kick)
SJ — Keating 18 pass from Kevin Trefz (Mrozek kick)
Third quarter
FP — Colton Smith 21 run (Healey kick)
FP — Allen Gibson 9 run (Healey kick)
SJ — Abdul Basir 69 run (Mrozek kick)
Fourth quarter
FP — Ganim 9 run (pass failed)
SJ — Pedersen 23 pass Trefz (Pedersen pass from Trefz)
SJ — Trefz 8 run (Mrozek kick)
FP — Brendan Beiser 14 pass from Smith (kick failed)
Team Records: Fairfield Prep 1-1; St. Joseph 2-0

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