Stonington beats Westerly but falls short of playoff bid

Stonington head coach AJ Massengale is showered with water by Stonington's Julian Maiorano, right, as time expires in the second half in defeating Westerly in the annual Thanksgiving Day football game  at Stonington High School Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.
Stonington head coach AJ Massengale is showered with water by Stonington's Julian Maiorano, right, as time expires in the second half in defeating Westerly in the annual Thanksgiving Day football game at Stonington High School Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. Tim Martin/The Day Buy Photo

Stonington – Touchdown runs by Zach Poirier (7 yards) and Harry Calmar (15) helped rally Stonington to a 33-28 victory over Westerly in their annual Thanksgiving Day game.

The scores came after Ryan Young recovered a fumble in the end zone to give Westerly a 22-19 lead early in the third quarter.

Despite the win, Stonington was unofficially eliminated from Class M playoff consideration when Quinebaug Valley defeated Killingly 14-6 to earn the eighth and final spot.

Trailing 19-6 late in the first half, Jaycee Hamelin returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to pull Westerly with 19-14. Hamelin's return came moments after Divante White's 23-yard touchdown pass to Calmar had given Stonington a 19-6 lead.

Calmar ran seven yards for a TD earlier in the second to break a 6-6 tie, he first of his three touchdowns.

Matt Mitchell's 17-yard touchdown run just 50 seconds into the game gave Stonington a 6-0 lead.

Emanuel Calmar (14) of Stonington, carries the ball brushing off Westerly defender Scott Liguori (15) in the annual Thanksgiving Day football game during the first half at Stonington High School Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.
Emanuel Calmar (14) of Stonington, carries the ball brushing off Westerly defender Scott Liguori (15) in the annual Thanksgiving Day football game during the first half at Stonington High School Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. Tim Martin/The Day Buy Photo
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