TIVERTON — Ben Dellacono scored on a 3-yard TD run on the last play to give the Stonington Junior Midgets a dramatic 26-25 win against Sakonnet-Tiverton Sunday in Ocean State Pop Warner Football League action.
It was a wild, back-and-forth game that saw Stonington (2-2) take a 12-0 lead early in the third quarter only to see the hometown Schooners rally to lead 13-12 late in the third quarter.
Stonington took a 20-13 lead late in the third before Sakonnet scored to close within 20-19 in the fourth quarter and followed by recovering an onside kick and scoring with 1:15 to play to lead 25-20.
Stonington got the ball back at its own 30, needing to drive 70 yards in just over a minute. With 43 seconds left, Dellacono ran 60 yards to the 10-yard line.
Lennox Deer rushed twice to the 3-yard line setting up a fourth-and-goal with seven seconds left. The ball was snapped with three seconds left before Dellacono swept around end for the winning score. No conversion was attempted.
Deer’s 8-yard TD run and Dellacono’s 10-yard score gave Stonington a 12-0 lead. After trailing 13-12, Stonington took the lead 20-13 on Deer’s 10-yard run and Dellacono’s two-point conversion kick.
Running backs Anthony Moore and Hayden Parrilla filled in well for injured regulars and complemented the big games by Dellacono, who rushed for more than 100 yards. Defensively, linebacker Travis Pacheco had 11 tackles, Parilla registered a sack and Julia Moore played well.
Stonington returns to action at 3 p.m. Sunday against Middletown at Stonington High.
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TIVERTON — Justin McKenna accounted for nearly 200 yards in total offense and scored four touchdowns to help Stonington’s Junior Pee Wee Team dominate Sakonnet-Tiverton Sunday in Ocean State Pop Warner play.
McKenna scored on runs of 40 and 35 yards to lift Stonington (1-3) to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Bears’ quarterback Dorian White connected with McKenna for a 40-yard TD pass. Drew Champagne’s conversion run gave Stonington a 19-0 halftime lead.
White threw a 10-yard pass to McKenna in the third quarter, and the Bears’ back ran the rest of the way for a 60-yard TD reception and a 25-0 lead. The hometown Schooners scored in the fourth quarter to avert the shutout.
Champagne and Lou Costanzo recorded a number of tackles in the Schooner backfield. Jacob Yackley recovered a fumble, and Collin Startz made a touchdown-saving tackle to pace the Bears’ defense.
Stonington plays host to Coventry 12 noon Sunday at Stonington High’s Palmer Field.
TIVERTON — Sakonnet-Tiverton stopped three Stonington drives inside the 10-yard line and parlayed its spread offense for long scores to stay undefeated at 4-0 in the Ocean State Pop Warner Football League Sunday.
Stonington played most of the game without two of its top offensive players, but scored early to take a 6-0 lead. Anthony Fry’s 35-yard run inside the 10 set up the first touchdown. Two plays later, Alex Riemann scored on a 6-yard run.
Fry left the game with an injury, but backs Riemann, Aliva Bell and Evan Champagne stepped up to produce a solid, ball-control offense.
Sakonnet-Tiverton’s offense was effective and balanced despite running fewer plays, scoring on two passes and two runs.
Riemann and defensive lineman Charlie Bresnahan shone defensively for Stonington, which now has a 2-2 record.
Stonington plays Coventry at home Sunday at Palmer Field.