“It was a crazy experience. Everything had to be correct and perfect for us to win,” Valerio said. “At that point, I had to keep my head up and turn into a leader, and lead the offense to a victory. I couldn't fall back on something I did wrong.”
The sophomore signal caller finished with 353 passing yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for three more scores.
“He's taken a good leadership role with the offense,” coach Mike Yameen said.
“You can tell from his first game he was a little tentative, and now he's getting more and more comfortable. He's just making the right decisions.”
Here and there
Beverly (10-0) had little trouble defeating Marblehead, cruising to a 35-14 win to clinch the Cape Ann/Northeastern (Division 2) conference. Senior running back Brendan Flaherty rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns. . . . Behind the running of Dylan Mann , who rushed for 69 yards and two touchdowns, Masconomet beat Revere 42-0 to clinch the Cape Ann/Northeastern (Division 1) conference. . . . For the second-straight season, Governor's Academy captured the Independent School League. Colin Smith , a 6-foot-4 senior, rushed for three touchdowns, leading his team to a 31-7 win against Belmont Hill.
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