St. Joseph defense smothers Killingly in semifinals, ends Redmen’s reign as Class M champions

St. Joseph’s Jaden Shirden runs for some yards during a Class M semifinal game against Killingly on Sunday. — David G. Whitham/Hearst Connecticut Media photo

TRUMBULL — The question before the house when St. Joseph played host to Killingly for a spot in the Class M title game was simple. Could St. Joseph’s defense keep Killingly’s balanced attack off the field long enough for the Cadets’ offense to maintain its high level of excellence?

Answer: A profound yes.

Coach Joe Della Vecchia’s No. 1 seeded Hogs defeated the No. 4 Redmen, 52-7, at McDougall Stadium in Trumbull on Sunday afternoon.

St. Joseph (11-1) will seek its 14th state championship when it takes on either No. 2 seed Sheehan (10-1) or No. 5 seed Berlin (10-1) on Saturday at a site and time to be determined. The other semifinal was pushed to Monday night at 6:30 in Wallingford.

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