Bears stun Colonels with late TD and two point conversion
October 23 – STONINGTON – AJ Massengale had just finished shaking hands on Friday night when he couldn’t contain the 50,000-watt smile for a second longer.
“That,” he said, walking across the pitch to a cheering sideline, “that was awesome.”
Almost as awesome as what followed: His Stonington High School players singing along with the band – shouting, in fact – “Here’s To Old Stonington”, punctuating their biggest football win in years.
The Bears scored with 24 seconds left, then used gimmicky play for a successful two-point conversion, rallying for a 14-13 win over previously undefeated Ledyard in front of 1,500 home fans.
“It’s great to be able to sing this song again,” said Dorian White, shortly after being the main reason her teammates could share their choral skills.
With the Bears leading 13-6 in the dying minutes, White caught a 31-yard pass, threw a 17-yard goal at Luke Lowry after starting quarterback Lucian Tedeschi was briefly injured, then scored on a 5 yard touchdown run.
“The online line has done a great job in making this possible,” White said.
Stonington (4-2) chose to win the game with a two-point conversion play they call “78 Special,” an optional pass from Tedeschi to open wide receiver Patrick Obrey. Celebration on.
“These kids have been through a lot,” Massengale said. “I’m very proud of them that they stick with this.”
His kids have been through a lot in this game too. Tied 6-6 at halftime, they walked 69 yards to Ledyard’s, but were denied the fourth and the goal.
“It was difficult,” Massengale said. “I think we’ve kind of gone into survival mode.”
Possession later, Ledyard (5-1) took a 13-6 lead over James Green’s 7-yard touchdown run. Stonington’s fateful final possession started with 4:06 remaining and featured a fourth conversion at Ledyard 25 with two minutes remaining.
Ledyard took a 6-0 lead early in Justin Outlow’s 30-yard touchdown run, but returned it late in the half. Outlow was tacked right and threw an interception at freshman Patrick McGugan who ran for 37 yards for the tying touchdown.
Ryan Outlow, Ledyard’s top rusher, ran 72 yards, although he was hampered by a turf toe suffered last week against New London.
“I can’t say enough about these kids,” Massengale said. “We faced some adversity in this game and they really, really hung in there. A very special night.”
Stonington plays at Waterford next week.