NEW BRITAIN >> Valley Regional / Old Lyme scored 21 points win the final 6:19 of the game to stun Ansonia 21-20 in the Class S-Large championship game at Veterans Stadium.
Chris Jean Pierre threw a touchdown pass and ran for two more as the Warriors won their first state title. Jean-Pierre’s 4-yard run with 22 seconds remaining and Jared Roach’s extra point were the difference.
Valley Regional trailed 14-0 after four quarters before getting on the board with Jean-Pierre’s 40-yard touchdown pass to Evan Smith with 6:19 left.
But Ansonia, which led 14-0 on a pair of Tajik Bagley runs, got a 93-yard touchdown run from senior Jai’Quan McKnight with 5:01 left. A penalty on the extra point try led to an incomplete pass and Ansonia led 20-14.
Valley Regional struck right back with Jean-Pierre’s 8-yard run with 3:26 left. And, on Ansonia’s ensuing possession, Tyler Bailey ran 21 yards but fumbled and it was recovered by Valley’s Justin Cheverier at the Ansonia 41 with 3:11 left.
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AHS — Tajik Bagley 18 run (Jai’Quan McKnight run)
AHS — Bagley 13 run (run failed)
VROL — Evan Smith 40 pass from Chris Jean-Pierre (Jared Roche kick)
AHS — McKnight 93 run (pass failed)
VROL — Jean-Pierre 8 run (Roche kick)
VROL — Jean Pierre 4 run (Roche kick)