Ledyard beats Fitch and earns Class M playoff berth

Fitch's Terrel Shoelly, (2), fights for a few more yards against Ledyard's, Justin Carter, (22), and River Thomas, (5), reaching in for the ball during theThanksgiving Day football game at Ledyard High School Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.
Buy Photo Dana Jensen/The Day Fitch's Terrel Shoelly, (2), fights for a few more yards against Ledyard's, Justin Carter, (22), and River Thomas, (5), reaching in for the ball during theThanksgiving Day football game at Ledyard High School Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.

Ledyard – Joe Carter ran for a pair of long touchdown runs as Ledyard routed Fitch 49-19 in their annual Thanksgiving Day game to qualify for the Class M state playoffs.

Unofficially, Ledyard will be the seventh seed and play at No. 2 St. Joseph in the quarterfinals on Tuesday night in Trumbull.

Carter had touchdown runs of 59 and 66 yards to break a 13-13 tie before before JoJo Shumaker (63 yards) and Jordan Kowalski (18 yards) added TD runs later in the quarter and Luke Saccone capped the scoring with a 41-yard interception return with 4:30 left.

Fitch trailed 13-0 when Robert Duncan ran 1-yard for a touchdown 50 seconds into the second quarter and John Moscol went 43 yards with 3:07 left in the half to tie the game at 13-13.

Ebdon threw a pair of touchdown passes to River Thomas for Ledyard. After throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to to Thomas with 5:40 left in the quarter, the Colonels successfully recovered an onside kick and Ebdon hooked up with Thomas from 14 yards out moments later to make it 13-0.

Ledyard's JoJo Shumaker, (24), breaks through following teammate Joseph Carter, 32, during the Thanksgiving Day football game against Fitch at Ledyard High School Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.
Buy Photo Dana Jensen/The Day Ledyard's JoJo Shumaker, (24), breaks through following teammate Joseph Carter, 32, during the Thanksgiving Day football game against Fitch at Ledyard High School Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.
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