STONINGTON — The Stonington’s Junior Midget Bears lost a nail-biter 39-34 to Warwick in a back-and-forth Ocean State Pop Warner Football League game on Sunday.
Leading 34-31 with two minutes to play, Stonington’s Lennox Deer sacked the Warwick quarterback, forcing Warwick to call its final timeout. Warwick (6-2) then scored on a 40-yard tipped-pass play and upped its lead to five on a two-point kick.
With 1:50 and all three timeouts remaining, Stonington (4-4) marched down the field to the Warwick 15-yard line. A Bear pass to the end zone was intercepted with 13 seconds left. Warwick ran out the clock for the see-saw win.
Deer scored three touchdowns and an extra point and rushed for more than 150 yards. Hayden Parrilla and Ben Dellacono each scored a touchdown and extra point.
Parrilla capped a 60-yard drive with a 1-yard scoring run to spark an 8-0 first-quarter lead. Deer scored from 20 yards out in the second to up the Bear lead to 14-7. Warwick led 15-14 at halftime.
Dellacono ran for a 25-yard score, which was matched by Warwick, to put the Bears down by two at the end of the third quarter.
The leads changed four times in the fourth quarter. Deer’s 25-yard scoring run resulted in a 27-23 Bear lead. And his 40-yard TD-run with just under two minutes left gave Stonington its final lead at 34-31.
Jayson Tuggle recovered an onside kick for the Bears. Travis Pacheco caught two passes for 35 yards on the Stonington’s opening second-half drive.
The Junior Midgets host Dartmouth at 3 p.m. Sunday in the final game of the regular season. A win would improve the team’s chances of earning a spot in the four-team playoffs that start a week later.
Stonington Pee Wees...... 6
STONINGTON — The Bears started with a bang. Aliza Bell scored on a 60-yard pass from Evan Champagne on Stonington’s first drive of the game.
But Warwick took charge to lead 20-6 at halftime and added 19 in the second half for the win.
Alexander Riemann had a quarterback sack for the Bears. Gavin Robbins had three tackles for losses. Chalie Bresnahan and Marquis Jackson also stood out defensively for the Bears.
The PeeWees host Dartmouth at 1:30 p.m. Sunday to close out the regular season. Stonington (5-3) should qualify for the four-team playoffs that start on Nov. 3.
Stonington Jr. PeeWees.. 0
STONINGTON — Undefeated Warwick (7-0) led 20-0 at halftime and coasted to Sunday’s win.
Aiden Borsher led Stonington (2-5) with 32 yards rushing.
Borsher also stood out defensively, as did Justin McKenna, Nakhi Snyder and Lucas Huesman.
The Junior Peewees may still be alive for a playoff spot and close out the regular season at home against Dartmouth on Sunday at noon.