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NEW LONDON — The Westerly Senior Bulldogs lost 31-14 to the New London Whalers in a Southern New England Youth Football Conference quarterfinal playoff game at New London High on Sunday.
The sixth-seeded Bulldogs (6-4) scored first and last. But the third-seeded Whalers (8-2) scored five touchdowns in between for the win.
The teams had played each other in a regular season game two weeks earler, with New London winning 34-20.
Westerly mounted a 50-yard drive in its first possession that featured two 10-yard runs by Jacob Schafer and a 15-yard run by Ryan Holloway. The Bulldogs took a 7-0 lead on a two-yard scoring run and then a conversion run, both by Holloway.
The Whalers scored twice in the second quarter for a 12-7 halftime lead and 19 more in the second half.
The Bulldogs mounted a late 40-yard scoring drive capped by a 1-yard plunge by Yanzel Dominguez. Ray Hill’s conversion run completed the scoring for the day.
Westerly’s Victor Gervasini made four tackles for losses and Taylor Bernardoni had three.
The Seniors’ season has ended. New London advances to Sunday’s semifinals.
NORWICH — The Westerly offense sputtered and was plagued by turnovers in a shutout loss in the playoff quarterfinals on Sunday.
Fourth-seeded Norwich 7-3) scored once in the first quarter and twice in the third. The Wildcats had beaten the Bulldogs 44-0 in a regular- season game on Sept. 8.
Pete Fusaro had 55 yards rushing for Westerly (5-5). Austin Fink and Jonathan Brutcher also ran well. Isaiah Plourde and Josh Lacerte stood out defensively, combining for three quarterback sacks.
The Juniors’ season is over. Norwich moves on to Sunday’s semifinals.