New London beats Ledyard 7-0

Dana Jensen/The Day After catching a pass against Ledyard's Joseph Carter, 32, New London's Jose Garcia, 5, crosses the goal line for a touchdown.

Ledyard – It was a script fitting the uniqueness of the entire production.

New London High School quarterback Ackee Barber, a transfer from Ledyard, entered the game in the third period and threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Jose Garcia, leading the Whalers to a 7-0 victory over Ledyard at Mignault Field on Saturday.

Barber was thought to be out for the game, sustaining a hip pointer on Friday.

New London is 7-2 and on pace to make the state playoffs. Ledyard (6-3) has faint hopes.

The game also commenced with all the trimmings: crisp, autumn air, a big-game feel … and also several cameras and two broadcast truck for the Saturday Morning Showdown, the latest rendition of the Ledyard-New London football rivalry.

The game streamed live on theday.com and was directed and produced by the same crew who will do the same job Sunday for the Bills-Patriots game in Foxboro.

The game will be rebroadcast at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday on theday.com.

Ledyard's Darnay Gray, 8, finds a hole while running the ball.
Dana Jensen/The Day Ledyard's Darnay Gray, 8, finds a hole while running the ball.
Ledyard's Joseph Carter, 32, runs for extra yards with help from a block by teammate Chevy Perry, 3, against New London's Ahmond Gomez, 15, in the first half.
Dana Jensen/The Day Ledyard's Joseph Carter, 32, runs for extra yards with help from a block by teammate Chevy Perry, 3, against New London's Ahmond Gomez, 15, in the first half.
New London's Orin Parke, 21, runs the ball against the defense of Ledyard's Joseph Carter, 32, during the first half.
Dana Jensen/The Day New London's Orin Parke, 21, runs the ball against the defense of Ledyard's Joseph Carter, 32, during the first half.

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