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Outlow, Colonels run into first place in ECC Div. II

Ledyard — There is a reason Ledyard High School chooses to call the play "Cash Money." Because giving the ball to Ryan Outlow and getting out of the way has been, well, Cash Money thus far this season.

The Colonels saw the value of Cash Money even more clearly Saturday, staring at a halftime lead of 8-0 that could have been more had they stayed with Cash Money and not tried to get fancy.

But there was plenty of Outlow in the second half. He ran for 246 yards and four scores as Ledyard earned sole possession of first place in Div. II of the Eastern Connecticut Conference with a 34-8 win over Waterford.

"I probably shouldn't have called that pass play in the red zone," Ledyard coach Mike Serricchio said, alluding to an interception by Waterford's Justin Saad in the end zone late in the first half that kept the game close. "In the second half, you know, if the fullback is cooking, stick with it."

Outlow's 48-yard gain set up his 3-yard touchdown run that gave Ledyard a 15-0 lead. He scored two more times in the second half, wrapped around Jackson Poulton's 45-yard interception return for a touchdown.

"Ryan is a special talent," Serricchio said. "I played (in high school) with (future Boston College and NFL linebacker) Kevin Pierre-Louis. He's reminiscent of that. He's a force of nature. So hard to tackle."

Tackling Outlow was only one of Waterford's ailments. Several starters missed the game, including quarterback Nate Hynes. Waterford coach Zeth Nolda called Hynes' absence "internal" and did not elaborate.

"Bottom line is that we've got to play better and we have to coach them better," Nolda said.

Serricchio: "I didn't know (Hynes) wasn't playing until this morning about 10:30 and I saw him in a jersey (but no pads). It's a shame. He's a great player. We'd like to have seen how we stacked up."

Ledyard's defense held Waterford to one yard of total offense in the first half. Waterford scored late when Mason Concascia hit Jordan Elci with a 54-yard touchdown pass. Elci had three touchdown receptions in three games for the Lancers (1-2, 1-1).

James Green picked off two passes for the Colonels.

m.dimauro@theday.com

 

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