DEEP RIVER >> You can add Valley Regional/Old Lyme to Granby Memorial’s 2015 Football Statement Tour.
The Bears rushing tandem of senior Connor Field and senior quarterback Dominic Pagano proved to be too much for the Warriors as Granby rolled to an impressive 35-6 Pequot Conference victory Friday night at Blythe Field.
“I am on cloud nine right now for this team and program,” Granby coach Rich Gadoury said.
Field rushed for 239 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns, while Pagano gained 175 yards and added two touchdowns.
“Connor and Dom are absolutely phenomenal,” Gadoury said. “They’ve been playing football together since they were 10 years old and it really shows.
When they’re on the field you think they are a one-headed beast and it’s phenomenal to see.”
Granby (5-0) outgained the defending Pequot and Class S state champion Warriors, 513 to 158.
“Granby’s bigger, stronger and faster than us,” Valley Regional/Old Lyme coach Tim King said. “My hat is off to Granby. The quarterback is tough. They’re a fun team to watch but not fun to play against.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Granby struck first on Field’s 37-yard touchdown run. The Bears scored again on their next possession when Pagano raced 29 yards into the end zone. Fred Moffa’s extra point kick made it 14-0 midway through the second quarter.
Valley/Old Lyme (2-3) then notched its only score on a 5-yard touchdown toss from junior quarterback Matt Sapere to sophomore Earnest Jean-Pierre to close the gap to 14-6.
But Granby answered. Field took a pitch and raced 48 yards along the sideline for a touchdown with just 1:53 left in the first half and Granby had a 21-6 halftime advantage.
The Bears stretched their lead in the third quarter, getting a 53-yard scoring run from Field and a 2-yard plunge from Pagano that made it 35-6 with 5:18 left in the third quarter.
“We knew we had to keep the pedal to the metal and keep it going,” Field said. “We knew Valley’s always a great program year in and year out and to come in here and make a statement, people are going to take notice in the state.”
Sapere completed 10 of 28 passes for 78 yards with one interception, while junior running back Daniel Stecher rushed for 44 yards on nine carries for Valley.
“We had some opportunities when it was 14-6,” King said. “If we had a stop I think on that last drive (of the first half) psychologically we’re feeling a little bit better about ourselves. We tried to make some adjustments. But we had a lot of dropped passes and penalties and missed tackles and that’s a sign of inexperience.”
The Warriors travel to Ellington this Friday (6:30 p.m.), while Granby has a bye week before continuing its tour at home against Ellington on Oct. 23.
“We have a lot to prove against Ellington,” Gadoury added. “Ellington stole one from us last year. We have two weeks to prepare for them and these boys are ready.”
Granby 35, Valley Regional 6
(at Deep River)
Granby 0 21 14 0 — 35
Valley 0 6 0 0 — 6
G—Connor Field 37 run (Fred Moffa kick)
G—Dominic Pagano 29 run (Moffa kick)
V—Ernest Jean-Pierre 5 pass from Matt Sapere (Kick failed)
G—Connor Field 48 run (Moffa kick)
G—Connor Field 53 run (Moffa kick)
G—Dominic Pagano 2 run (Moffa kick)
Team records: Valley Regional 2-3; Granby 5-0
Comments: Connor Field rushed for 239 yards on 17 carries, while Dominic Pagano gained 175 yards on 21 attempts for Granby. Dan Stecher rushed for 44 yards on nine carries for Valley Regional/Old Lyme.