Stonington holds off Westerly 34-32

Jay Nieuwenhuis of Stonington attempts to get past Westerly defender Scott Liguori, right at Sal Augeri Field in Westerly during the first half Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.
Jay Nieuwenhuis of Stonington attempts to get past Westerly defender Scott Liguori, right at Sal Augeri Field in Westerly during the first half Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Tim Martin/The Day Buy Photo

Westerly – Matt Mitchell's 95-yard kickoff return with seven minutes remaining proved to be the game-winner as Stonington held on for a 34-32 victory over Westerly in the 153rd meeting of the oldest continious Thanksgiving Day high school football game.

Divante White threw three touchdown passes, including a 20-yard strike to Brendan Gayowski on the final play of the half, and Zach Poirier ran 56 yards for another TD as the Bears finished the regular season 8-2 and just missed out on making the Class S playoffs.

Stonington teammates Cory Candelet, top, and Ian Campozzoli,(76), celebrate as time expires in defeating Westerly at Sal Augeri Field in Westerly during the second half Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.
Stonington teammates Cory Candelet, top, and Ian Campozzoli,(76), celebrate as time expires in defeating Westerly at Sal Augeri Field in Westerly during the second half Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Tim Martin/The Day Buy Photo
Stonington's Kyle Woodworth, left, catches a long touchdown pass during the first half ahead of Westerly defender Scott Liguori at Sal Augeri Field in Westerly during the first half Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.
Stonington's Kyle Woodworth, left, catches a long touchdown pass during the first half ahead of Westerly defender Scott Liguori at Sal Augeri Field in Westerly during the first half Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Tim Martin/The Day Buy Photo
Westerly teammates huddle together prior to the start of the Thanksgiving football game against Stonington at Sal Augeri Field in Westerly Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.
Westerly teammates huddle together prior to the start of the Thanksgiving football game against Stonington at Sal Augeri Field in Westerly Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Tim Martin/The Day Buy Photo
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