A Henry Engels interception in the last minute before halftime stopped a Cadet drive at the Staples 7. Staples quarterback Jake Thaw completed 7 of 20 passes for 89 yards with four sacks and Gage’s interception. St. Joseph burned time off the clock through the work of Shirden. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound running back had 27 carries for 172 yards. “I knew it would be a hard night running in the rain against this Staples defense,” Shirden said. “I was determined that no one was going to stop me. I did my part after watching our superb defense. We don’t win without them.” NO REGRETS FOR STAPLES The Wreckers did hurt themselves too many times with penalties. But they never stopped fighting. Cameron Lynch had a 18-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. QB Thaw (20 carries, 103 yards) capped an 83-yard march with a four-yard scoring run and dive at the pylon in the third quarter. Running back Tim Luciano amassed 52 yards rushing on 17 carries. ST. JOSEPH 17, STAPLES 14 ST. JOSEPH 7 3 7 0—17 STAPLES 7 0 7 0—14 Stap—Cameron Lynch 18 pass from Jake Thaw (Bradley Cox kick) 8:16 left StJ—Phil Pasmeg 21 pass from David Summers (Luke Kirby kick) 1:57 left StJ—Luke Kirby 34 field goal 4:05 left StJ—Jaden Shirden 17 run (Kirby kick) 5:02 left Stap—Thaw 4 run (Cox kick) :45 second left Records: St. Joseph 7-1, Staples 6-2.