Valley-Old Lyme Football Shuts Out Morgan 48-0
The Valley Regional-Old Lyme (VR-OL) hosted Morgan for a Pequot Conference Sassacus Division contest at Blythe Field on Sept. 23. The Warriors put together a commanding performance by posting a 48-0 shutout over the Huskies to improve their overall record to 3-0 with a mark of 3-0 in the division this fall. Senior Nick Cox scored 4 touchdowns on the night for VR-OL, returning 2 interceptions for TDs to go with a pair of scores on offense.
Junior quarterback Grady Lacourciere finished the game 5-of-10 passing for 88 yards and 1 touchdown for the Warriors. Senior Jacob Rand rushed the ball 9 times for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns in the victory. Cox had 3 carries for 40 yards with a touchdown and also had a 20-yard TD reception. Sophomore Max Novak ran 5 times for 31 yards for VR-OL.
Senior DiAngelo Jean-Pierre had 2 catches for 57 yards and also scored on a 5-yard touchdown rush in the rout. Senior Michael Galberth had 2 receptions for 11 yards.
Senior Samuel Bourez and fellow senior Adam Metz both recorded 3 pancake blocks to anchor the Warriors’ offensive line. Rand kicked 6 extra points for VR-OL.
The Warriors’ defense grabbed 4 interceptions on their way to the shutout victory. Cox snagged a pair of INTs and returned both of them for touchdowns, totaling 101 yards worth of pick-6 yardage and 4 TDs overall on the night. Senior Andrew Yermenson and Jean-Pierre each had an interception, as well.
Novak recorded 3 sacks on defense as part of the Warriors’ dominant effort. Novak also recovered a fumble in the game, while Rand and Metz each forced a fumble.
Senior Joseph Montazella made 12 tackles to lead the Warriors in that department. Senior Ford Macadam had 8 tackles, Rand made 7 tackles, sophomore Tommy Troy had 6 tackles, and Jean-Pierre and Novak added 5 tackles apiece for Head Coach Hill Gbunblee’s team
VR-OL is on the bye week for this week. The Warriors will return to the gridiron to host Coventry-Windham Tech-Bolton-Lyman for a game at Old Lyme High School on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m.
The Valley Regional girls’ soccer team is standing with a record of 2-0-3 this season after picking up a win and a tie in last week’s contests. The Warriors notched a win versus Haddam-Killingworth before earning a draw with Woodstock Academy in recent action.
Valley kicked off its week by netting a 4-1 home victory over Haddam-Killingworth on Sept. 19. Senior Olivia Baldwin gave Valley a 1-0 lead when she scored on an assist from junior Emilee Surber in the 1st minute of the game. Three minutes later, senior Eileen Russell scored a goal on another Surber helper to make it 2-0. H-K scored a goal in the 27th minute to cut the deficit to 2-1 at intermission.
Senior Anna Benson scored on an assist by fellow senior Reagan Doyon to increase the Warriors’ lead to 3-1 in the 46th minute of the contest. Two minutes after that, junior Riley Soares found the back of the net off of Surber’s third assist in contest to solidify a 4-1 win for Valley Regional. Senior Elizabeth Allen made 8 saves to get the win in net.
Then on Sept. 24, the Warriors were on the road to face Woodstock Academy and battled the Centaurs to a 1-1 tie in the matchup. Valley took a 1-0 lead when Doyon scored from fellow senior Grace Abderhalden in the 5th minute of the game. Woodstock Academy came back with the tying goal just 2 minutes later, making the score 1-1.
After the two sides kept each other off the board through the rest of regulation and the overtime period, the Warriors and Centaurs ended the game in a 1-1 stalemate. Allen stopped 18 shots in goal to help Valley pick up a point with the draw.
Valley is playing a non-conference home game versus Ledyard on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. The Warriors will host Old Lyme for a Shoreline Conference contest at 3:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3.
The Valley Regional boys’ soccer team moved to 1-4 on the season after losing two road games last week. The Warriors lost a contest against Haddam-Killingworth and then took a defeat to Old Saybrook in their last two matchups.
On Sept. 20, Valley played a road match versus Haddam-Killingworth and lost to the Cougars by a 2-0 score. Then on Sept. 24, the Warriors were back on the road to face Old Saybrook and took an 11-0 loss against the Rams.
Valley is playing a road game against Hale-Ray on Friday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. The Warriors will then hit the road again to take on Woodstock Academy in a non-conference contest on Monday, Oct. 3 at 4:15 p.m.
The Valley Regional field hockey team moved to 2-2-1 on the year after gaining a split of last week’s games. The Warriors posted a shutout over Old Saybrook before taking a loss against North Branford last week.
Valley Regional began the week by earning a 2-0 victory versus Old Saybrook in a home game on Sept. 19. Senior Lily Grow scored both goals for the Warriors in the win. Senior goalie Fallyn Belisle made 5 saves to get the shutout in net.
Two days later, the Warriors faced North Branford on the road and lost the Thunderbirds by a 3-0 score. Belisle stopped 19 shots in goal for Valley Regional.
During the previous week’s action, Valley claimed a 1-0 home win against Morgan on Sept. 12 and then played Westbrook-Old Lyme to a 0-0 tie in a road game on Sept. 16. Junior Clara Shea netted the lone goal of the contest when Valley defeated Morgan. Belisle made 4 saves for the shutout in that game and then posted another shutout with 17 saves made against Westbrook-Old Lyme.
Valley is playing a road game against Haddam-Killingworth on Friday, Sept. 30 at 3:45 p.m. The Warriors will then host the Somers-Rockville co-op squad for a contest at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. After that, Valley is facing Morgan on the road at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3 at the Indian River Complex in Clinton.
The Valley Regional girls’ volleyball team played three matches against Shoreline Conference opponents in last week’s action. The Warriors came away from the slate with a pair of wins after earning victories over Cromwell and Old Lyme to go with a loss to Haddam-Killingworth. With these results, Valley boosted its overall record to 3-4 on the year.
Valley started off its week by posting a 3-0 road win versus Cromwell on Sept. 19. The Warriors swept the Panthers by the final tally of 25-12, 26-24, 25-14 on their way to the victory.
Two days later, the Warriors took a 3-1 defeat against Haddam-Killingworth in a road match. H-K won the contest with set scores of 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14.
Valley wrapped up the week by posting a 3-0 sweep versus Old Lyme at home on Sept. 24.
Valley Regional is hosting Coginchaug for a contest at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 and then has a home match with Ledyard on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m. After that, the Warriors are on the road to face East Hampton on Monday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m.