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Stonington holds off Westerly 34-32

Matt Mitchell's 95-yard kickoff return with seven minutes remaining proved to be the game-winner as Stonington held on for a 34-32 victory over Westerly in the 153rd meeting of the oldest continious Thanksgiving Day high school football game.

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Stonington teammates Cory Candelet, top, and Ian Campozzoli, (76) ,celebrate as time expires in defeating Westerly at Sal Augeri Field in Westerly during the second half Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.

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Jay Nieuwenhuis of Stonington attempts to get past Westerly defender Scott Liguori, right at Sal Augeri Field in Westerly during the first half Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.

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Adam Mitchell, (24), of Westerly attempts to evade Stonington's Cory Candelet at Sal Augeri Field in Westerly during the first half Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.

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Kyle Woodworth, left, catches a touchdown pass during the first half ahead of Westerly defender Scott Liguori at Sal Augeri Field in Westerly during the first half Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.

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Westerly receiver Clayton Minnich, (27), unsuccessfully attempts to catch a long pass in the endzone against Stonington at Sal Augeri Field in Westerly during the second half Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.

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Westerly teammates huddle together prior to the start of the Thanksgiving football game against Stonington at Sal Augeri Field in Westerly Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.