New London captures Senior Division crown
Montville - The New London Whalers moved up through the ranks of their town's youth football program losing in both the micro and junior championship games.
The Whalers got their title Sunday, and in dominating fashion. They beat Montville, 32-0, to win the Senior Division championship in the Southern New England Youth Football Conference Super Bowl at Camp Oakdale.
"Thirteen of these kids have played together (at every level)," New London coach Ken Stanley said. "They wanted it this year. This was the year to get it. They were hungry for it and they came through. It's a great, great feeling."
New London finished 12-0.
"They worked hard," Stanley said. "They practiced hard. They came to practice every day and gave everything they got every single day."
In the other Super Bowl games, East Lyme edged Killingly, 6-0, to win the Junior title.
Ledyard's Micros earned themselves a championship by beating New London, 34-0.
Devon Sousa ran eight times for 92 yards and three touchdowns for the New London Seniors.
"He's a heck of a running back," Stanley said. "That's my stepson. He works out. He does pushups all the time. … He's a bull."
MelQuann Gomez completed 6 of 10 passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns for the Whalers while Jaloni Gilbert ran seven times for 42 yards and scored and caught three passes for 76 yards. Also, Emmanuel Sanabria also caught a touchdown.
"I've got it to give it to my quarterback, MelQuann," Stanley said. "He throws the ball really good. Jaloni Gilbert, he's a great player. He hustles everywhere."
Montville enjoyed its run to the Super Bowl. It lost its first two games of the regular season, finished 5-4 and was seeded seventh out of eight playoff teams.
"It was just sticking with the fundamentals," Indians coach Mike Doherty said. "It finally started clicking for us, and sometimes the gods smiled on us, and sometimes they didn't like today.
"I told these guys, '13 teams are in this conference. … Two were left standing, and we were one of the two.' It's the first time in 26 years (to reach the Super Bowl), so we're proud of these guys."
Billy Clark ran for 44 yards for Montville.
Sousa ran for three first-half touchdowns for New London. It scored on five of its nine possessions, too.
"It was a dream for them and they wanted it," Stanley said. "It came through for them today."
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