DEEP RIVER >> Matt Sapere for 244 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carriers as No. 1- seeded Valley Regional/Old Lyme rolled past No. 8 seeded Berlin, 30-12 in the Class S quarterfinals at Blythe Field.
Valley (10-1) will play host to No. 5-seeded St. Joseph, a 48-21 winner over Wolcott, in the state semifinals Monday.
Sapere went 60 yards for a touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage. He added touchdown runs of 12 yards and 82 yards as Valley bolted to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter and 28-0 at halftime.
He also threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Ernest Jean-Pierre in the first quarter. He completed 3 of 6 passes for 57 yards.
Garrett Burdick made two interceptions.
Valley was ahead 30-0 after three quarters before Berlin finally scored on a pair of scores by Mitch Mazlowski, who finished with 66 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. He caught two passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. Alex Halkais had 50 yards on 16 carries.
Berlin quarterback Jack Hamel was injured in the first quarter and did not return.
Valley 30 Berlin 12
Berlin 0 0 0 12 — 12
Valley Regional/OL 21 7 2 0 — 30
VROL — Matt Sapere 60 yd Run (Burdick Kick) This was the first play of the game
VROL — Ernest Jean-Pierre 28 yd Pass from Matt Sapere (Burdick Kick)
VROL — Matt Sapere 12 yd Run (Burdick Kick)
VROL — Matt Sapere 82 yd Run (Burdick Kick)
VROL — Charlie Littler tackled Larry St. Pierre Jr in the End Zone for a Safety
B– Mitch Mazlowski 20 yd run (2pt fail)
B — Mitch Mazlowski 30 yd pass from Kevin Dunn (2pt fail)