Valley/OL up to the challenge

Clinton - Cole Turner, a senior defensive end for the Valley Regional/Old Lyme co-op, claimed he was six-feet tall.

Turner, when told that wasn't remotely possible, then said he was 5-11.

"I'm standing in a ditch," he said with a laugh.

Turner and his fellow Warriors were considerably smaller than Morgan in Friday's game. The Huskies' brawny offensive line could've fallen forward atop Valley's defenders and allowed tailback Jake Ward to gain four yards a pop.

These are some tough Warriors, though. They used their speed and toughness to contain Ward and didn't allow a touchdown until late in the game as Valley routed Morgan, 51-6, in a Pequot Football Conference South Division battle of unbeatens at the Peters Complex.

"They have a huge line compared to everybody else in the Pequot," junior linebacker Justin Cheverier said. "We knew we had more speed than them because of how big they were. We had to beat them with speed and overcame it."

Morgan averaged 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds on its offensive line and Ward was averaging 242 yards rushing a game with 20 touchdowns. Valley limited him to 90 yards on 28 carries.

"We challenged them this whole week," Warriors' coach Tim King said. "Our defensive front was tough. It starts right in the middle with (nose guard) Jack Gianconia. He basically ended up pulling all the double teams, keeping (the linemen) off our 'backers.

"Cole Turner had an incredible game at d-end. And then (end) Peter Barry is just solid. Our defensive line has stepped it up this year. They really have. They've really protected our backers quite a bit."

Cheverier, all 5-9 and 180 pounds of him, was beastly at outside linebacker and seemed to be involved on every other tackle.

"We pretty much just keyed on (Ward)," King said. "We were making odd-even (coverage) calls just by where he was lining up in the formation, and that was all done by (defensive coordinator) Paul (Ginter)."

Chris Jean-Pierre had two interceptions for Valley (5-0, 3-0).

The Warriors also used their speed on offense to their advantage. Leading 3-0, Jean-Pierre's first interception gave the Warriors the ball at the Morgan 30-yard line.

Jean-Pierre scored four plays later on an 8-yard run to give Valley a 10-0 lead with over six minutes left in the first quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, Valley went for it on fourth-and-5. David Peck made a terrific leaping catch for a 23-yard gain down to the Morgan 5.

Cheverier ran for a touchdown on the next play to give the Warriors a 17-0 edge.

Jean-Pierre short-circuited Morgan's next drive with his second interception and turned it to the Husky 12. It set up Cheverier's 3-yard touchdown run and pushed the Warriors' lead to 24-0.

Phil Cohen completed 15 of 22 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns with an interception for Valley. Evan Smith had six catches for 107 yards and a touchdown, and Peck had two catches for 63 yards and a touchdown.

Jean-Luc Poulard ran for a 35-yard touchdown for the Warriors. Matt Przybysz also scored on a 95-yard kickoff return.


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